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Reflections for Sunday, May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 14:21-27 2nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 145:8-13 Gospel: John 13:31-35 What Does It Mean to Love One Another as Jesus Has Loved Us? Love . . . one another. (John 13:34) That seems pretty easy, doesn’t it? Be nice, take care […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 5, 2019: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, May 5, 2019: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 Responsorial: Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 2nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14 Gospel: John 21:1-19 Sharing in the Victory of Jesus’ Resurrection They left . . . rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor. (Acts 5:41) That’s rather odd! Wouldn’t […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 21, 2019: 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 Running to Jesus, The Risen Lord They both ran. (John 20:4) When we are sick, we run to the doctor’s. When there is a big sale at a […]

Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
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Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday

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On this day we mark the Last Supper and our Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. It was also the night when Judas betrayed Christ, and the eve of our Savior’s passion. Reflection. With what respect, love and ardor ought we to receive this divine food, “which maketh to live forever”!

Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56 Journeying with Jesus in His Passion When the hour came . . . (Luke 22:14) One of the best ways to read the story of Jesus’ passion is to […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, April 7, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 43:16-21 Responsorial: Psalm 126:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:8-14 Gospel: John 8:1-11 Encountering God’s Mercy and Giving It to Others Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more. (John 8:11) Wouldn’t you love to know what […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 24, 2019: Third Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Our God is “Gracious and Merciful, Slow to Anger and Abounding in Love and Fidelity” (Exodus 34:6) I have witnessed the affliction of my people. (Exodus […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 17, 2019: Second Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Responsorial: Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14 2nd Reading: Philippians 3:17–4:1 Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus and His Promises Look up. (Genesis 15:5) All three readings today urge us to do one thing: fix our eyes on heaven. In […]

St. Patrick, Bishop
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St. Patrick, Bishop

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IF the virtue of children reflects an honor on their parents, much more justly is the name of St. Patrick rendered illustrious by the innumerable lights of sanctity with which the Church of Ireland shone during many ages, and by the colonies of Saints with which it peopled many foreign countries; for, under God, its […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 10, 2019: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Responsorial: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15 2nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love You will be saved. (Romans 10:9) In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells us that confessing that Jesus is Lord […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, March 3, 2019: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading Sirach 27:4-7 Responsorial: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 Treating Others as God Does, With Patience, Grace, and Love Remove the wooden beam from your eye first. (Luke 6:42) People love to judge other people and give […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 24, 2019: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. (Luke 6:37) Jesus couldn’t have been […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 17, 2019: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-4, 6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace Blessed are you who are poor. (Luke 6:20) Who actually wants to embrace a life of poverty, mourning, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 10, 2019: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Opening Ourselves in a Deeper Way to God’s Grace His grace to me has not been ineffective. (1 Corinthians 15:10) God’s grace seems to be all over today’s readings, […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 3, 2019: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 Responsorial: Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8) Many people—scholars and everyday believers alike—consider today’s first reading to be the greatest chapter […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, January 20, 2019: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Gospel: John 2:1-11 Experiencing Spiritual Renewal through Our Faith in Christ Jesus . . . revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him. (John 2:11) Jesus’ first miracle was impressive: he turned water into wine. Because it […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the Lord

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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: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Baptism of the Lord, The Beginning of Our Salvation, Healing, and Deliverance All were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. (Luke 3:15) The […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 6, 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 6, 2019: The Epiphany of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Responsorial: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 2nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 Reflecting God’s Love and Care in Our Love and Care for Our Parents They saw the child. (Matthew 2:11) An epiphany is a sudden realization about the nature […]

Reflections for Sunday, 12.30.2018: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
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Reflections for Sunday, 12.30.2018: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Luke 2:41-52 Reflecting God’s Love and Care in Our Love and Care for Our Parents Take care of your father when he is old. (Sirach 3:12) Many of us are already living […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 23, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 23, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Micah 5:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 2nd Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10 Gospel: Luke 1:39-45 Advent, A Time to Rejoice in the Lord’s Great Love for Us He takes away the first to establish the second. (Hebrews 10:9) Here we are, just two days […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 16, 2018: Third Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18 Responsorial: (Psalm) Isaiah 12:2-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3: 10-18 Advent, A Time to Rejoice in the Lord’s Great Love for Us Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) St. Paul believed that […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 9, 2018: Second Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 9, 2018: Second Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Responsorial: Psalm 126:1-6 Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 Advent, A Time to Fix Our Eyes on Jesus and His Presence in Others God is leading Israel in joy. (Baruch 5:9) When was the last time you saw Jesus […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 2, 2018:  First Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 2, 2018: First Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12–4:2 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent, A Time to Make Room for Jesus and Prepare for His Coming The days are coming, says the Lord . . . (Jeremiah 33:14) We often […]

Reflections for Sunday, 11.25.18: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Reflections for Sunday, 11.25.18: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Daniel 7:13-14 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:5-8 Responsorial: Psalm 93:1-2, 5 Gospel: John 18:33-37 The Difference between Jesus’ Kingdom and Kingdoms of This World My kingdom does not belong to this world. (John 18:36) According to Scripture, Cain, who killed his brother Abel, also […]

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