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Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, May 31, 2020: Pentecost Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11 Responsorial: Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 Gospel: John 20:19-23 Receiving More of the Holy Spirit’s Power and the Gifts of the Spirit They were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:4) Before Jesus ascended […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: The Ascension of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, May 24, 2020: The Ascension of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 1:1-11 Responsorial: Psalm 47:2-3, 6-9 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17-23 Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 Being Used by Jesus to Help Build the Kingdom of God Are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6) Amazing. After three years of […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 10, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 6:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Gospel: John 14:1-12 Trusting in the Lord’s Great Love during Difficult Times Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1) Not troubled? That’s hard to imagine! Jesus had just predicted […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 3, 2020: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25 Gospel: John 10:1-10 Following Jesus’ Example by Being A Shepherd for God’s People The shepherd calls his own sheep by name. (John 10:3) Good Shepherd Sunday often brings bucolic scenes to mind. […]

The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life
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The Good Shepherd and His Abundant Life

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The atheist philosopher of the 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche, once said: “if Christians want me to believe in their redeemer, they need to look more redeemed.” He was drawing the wrong conclusion from a perceptive observation.  To Nietzsche most Christians looked just as burdened, clueless and lost as everybody else.  When he looked into their […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 26, 2020: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Responsorial: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11 2nd Reading: 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Knowing Jesus More Deeply through Reading and Reflecting on Scriptures Hear these words! (Acts 2:14) Have you ever heard the word kerygma? It’s a Greek word that means “the […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 19, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Divine Mercy Sunday Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 2:42-47 Responsorial: Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Gospel: John 20: 19-31 Rejoicing in God’s Divine Mercy and Love, A Foundation of Our Lives Jesus came . . . and stood in their midst. (John […]

Divine Mercy and Doubting Thomas
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Divine Mercy and Doubting Thomas

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The Gospels tell an incredible story.  A virginal conception.  Miraculous healings.  Even people coming back from the dead.  How are we to know that it’s not all just a fanciful fabrication? There is much evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, but here is one of the strongest bits of evidence I know.  Think for […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 12, 2020: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Having a Personal Encounter with the Risen Lord during this Easter Season They did not yet understand. (John 20:9) Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Sin is defeated, and […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: Procession Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 26:14–27:66 (or Matthew 27:11-54) Hearing Jesus’ Voice to “Come Out” of Our Tomb of Sin and Come to Him Blessed is he who comes in the […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 8, 2020: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion          Mass Readings:           1st Reading:        Genesis 12:1-4                      Responsorial:       Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22         2nd Reading:       2 Timothy […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 1, 2020: 1st Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-19 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Staying Faithful to Commitments/Prayer during this Lenten Season of Grace If you are the Son of God . . . (Matthew 4:3, 6) What father would send his […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2020

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 15:15-20 Responsorial: Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37 Using Our Free Will to Choose Jesus and Follow Him as Lord and Savior Before man are life and death, . . […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 9, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 9, 2020

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10 Responsorial: Psalm 112:4-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16 Answering the Lord’s Call, “Your Light Must Shine Before Others” . . . that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2020

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The Presentation of the Lord (Feast) Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 24:7-10 2nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, A Prophetic Promise Fulfilled This man was . . . awaiting the consolation of Israel. (Luke 2:25) […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2020

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The Baptism of the Lord Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 2nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Following in Jesus’ Footsteps and Proclaiming the Good News to Others He shall bring forth justice to the nations. (Isaiah 42:1) Today marks the […]

Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 Responsorial: Psalm 24:1-6 2nd Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 Advent, A Season of Signs of the Coming of Emmanuel, God-with-Us Ask for a sign from the Lord. (Isaiah 7:11) Things were looking bad for King Ahaz of Jerusalem. He was […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2019

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10 2nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Advent, A Season of Prophesies Being Fulfilled A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse. (Isaiah 11:1) Have you ever seen a Jesse Tree? It’s an ancient […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 1, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, December 1, 2019

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First Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Responsorial: Psalm 122:1-9 Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Advent, A Season of Preparing for Jesus’ Coming You also must be prepared. (Matthew 24:44) This is it—we have lit the first Advent candle. Christmas is less […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 17, 2019

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion          Mass Readings:         1st Reading:       Malachi 3:19-20                        Responsorial:     Psalm 98:5-9         2nd Reading:      2 […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 10, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 10, 2019

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Responsorial: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 Our Hope Comes from the Resurrection to New Life in Christ He is not God of the dead, but of […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 3, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, November 3, 2019

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Following Jesus Through All of Life’s Circumstances Today salvation has come to this house. (Luke 19:9) Today’s Gospel paints a vivid picture of […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, October 27, 2019

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 Living a Life Grounded on God’s Love and Mercy, Not on Judging Others I thank you that I am not like […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2019
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Reflections for Sunday, October 13, 2019

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17 Responsorial: Psalm 98:1-4 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13 Gospel: Luke 17: 11-19 Growing in Faith from Those with a Different Perspective Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God? (Luke 17:18) Today’s […]

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