Category: Sunday Reflections

Reflections for Sunday, April 15, 2018: Third Sunday of Easter
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Reflections for Sunday, April 15, 2018: Third Sunday of Easter

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 2nd Reading: 1 John 2:1-5 Responsorial: Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 Gospel: Luke 24:35-48 Opening Our Minds and Hearts to God’s Glorious Plan The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead. (Acts 3:15) Let’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 8, 2018: Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)
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Reflections for Sunday, April 8, 2018: Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 4:32-35 2nd Reading: 1 John 5:1-6 Responsorial: Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Gospel: John 20:19-31 Letting the “Peace of Christ Control Your Hearts” (Colossians 3:15) Peace be with you. (John 20:19) It’s tempting to stay shortsighted when we think about these words of […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, April 1, 2018: Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Receiving the Good News of Jesus Christ and Sharing It with Others Not to all the people, but to us. (Acts 10:41) Happy Easter! On behalf of everyone […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 25, 2018: Palm Sunday
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Reflections for Sunday, March 25, 2018: Palm Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: Procession Gospel: Mark 11:1-10 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 2nd Reading Philippians 2:6-11 Responsorial: Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47 Palm Sunday, A Day to Fix our Eyes on Jesus and His Death on the Cross Not . . . something to be grasped. (Philippians […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 18, 2018: Fifth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 18, 2018: Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 2nd Reading Hebrews 5:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15 Gospel: John 12:20-33 Experiencing God’s Mercy and Love, and Sharing it with Others Create a clean heart in me, O God. (Psalm Response) Today’s Responsorial Psalm portrays King David’s response to God after […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 11, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 11, 2018: Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23 2nd Reading Ephesians 2:4-10 Responsorial: Psalm 137:1-6 Gospel: John 3:14-21 Responding to God’s Gracious Gift of Salvation This is not from you; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) Paul is emphatic: we have been saved by grace, not […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 4, 2018: Third Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, March 4, 2018: Third Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 Responsorial: Psalm 19:8-11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Gospel: John 2:13-25 Lent, A Time to Allow the Lord to Set Us Free from Sinful Habits I . . . brought you out of . . . that place of slavery. (Exodus 20:2) Despite […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 25, 2018: Second Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, February 25, 2018: Second Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 Responsorial: Psalm 116:10, 15-19 2nd Reading: Romans 8:31-34 Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 Lent, An Opportunity for a Deeper Response to God’s Call Here I am! (Genesis 22:1) Abraham must have felt trapped. He had already given up so much to […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent
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Reflections for Sunday, February 18, 2018: First Sunday of Lent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 Experiencing God’s Forgiveness and Cleansing Power Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation It is . . . an appeal to God for a clear conscience. (1 Peter 3:21) While St. Peter is describing […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 11, 2018: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 Responsorial: Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 The Importance of Doing Everything for the Glory of God Brothers and sisters, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Reflections for Sunday, February 4, 2018: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 147:1-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 I have become all things to all. (1 Corinthians 9:22) Jesus once told his disciples that the road to heaven is narrow and sparsely populated (Matthew 7:14). But […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Reflections for Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 Hearing and Responding to God’s Call to Evangelize Come. (Mark 1:17) Scripture has a way of condensing a lot of information into a few short sentences, and today’s Gospel […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 14, 2018
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Reflections for Sunday, January 14, 2018

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 Responsorial: Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-103 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 Gospel: John 1:35-42 The Importance of Learning to hear God’s voice and Saying Yes to Him Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am.” (1 Samuel 3:5) […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 7, 2018: The Epiphany of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, January 7, 2018: 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 The Epiphany, A Reminder to Join the Lord in Building his Kingdom Arise! Shine, for your light has come. (Isaiah 60:1) What extravagant promises this reading contains! The […]

Mary, Mother of God
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Mary, Mother of God

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The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God,” and you’ll see some Christians squirm. This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 31, 2017: The Holy Family
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Reflections for Sunday, December 31, 2017: The Holy Family

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Becoming Holy Faith-Filled Families, Reflecting God’s Love to One Another The child’s father and mother were amazed. (Luke 2:33) So here we are, on the cusp of a new year. […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 24, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 24, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 Responsorial: Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 2nd Reading: Romans 16:25-27 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 Advent: A Time to Thank the Lord for His Unmerited Grace and Favor You have found favor with God. (Luke 1:30) We all know how […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 17, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 Responsorial: Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Responding to the Call to Pray without Ceasing Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Without ceasing? That sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Take heart! Paul doesn’t really mean […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 10, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14 2nd Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14 Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 Advent, A Time to Open Ourselves to a Deeper Infilling of the Holy Spirit He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:8) The Holy Spirit—he makes all […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent
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Reflections for Sunday, December 3, 2017: First Sunday of Advent

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 Responsorial: Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 Advent, A Season of Hope and Expectation Be watchful! Be alert! (Mark 13:33) It’s the First Sunday of Advent, and you have just received an invitation: […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 26, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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Reflections for Sunday, November 26, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46 The Second Coming of Jesus Christ When the Son of Man comes in his glory . . . (Matthew 25:31) Thinking about the Second Coming of Jesus […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 19, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Responsorial: Psalm 128:1-5 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 Joining Jesus in Building his Kingdom Here on Earth When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them. (1 Thessalonians 5:3) Today’s readings might […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 12, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16 Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-8 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 Being Alert, Awake, and Ready to Meet the Lord When He Comes Those who were ready went into the wedding feast. (Matthew 25:10) Today’s parable of the ten virgins urges […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 5, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion  Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Malachi 1:14–2:2, 8-10 Responsorial: Psalm 131:1-3 2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 The Centrality of Love in All Our Relationships With such affection . . .(1 Thessalonians 2:8) Isn’t it remarkable how easy it is to think it’s our job […]

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