Category: Sunday Reflections

Reflections for Sunday, October 25, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 25, 2020

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Responsorial: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 512nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 What Does it Mean to Love God and Neighbor? Love the Lord. . . . Love your neighbor. (Matthew 22:37, 39) What a rough day! From […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 11, 2020

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28 th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 Responsorial: Psalm 23:1-6 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Accepting God’s Invitation to Jesus’ Wedding Banquet Many are invited, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) Does this sentence give you a chill? Maybe […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, October 4, 2020

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 Responsorial: Psalm 80:9,12-16,19-20 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:6-9 Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 Allowing God to Nourish Us as His Vineyard and Bear Fruit For Him Let me now sing of my friend . . . concerning his vineyard. (Isaiah […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 20, 2020

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 Responsorial: Psalm 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18 2nd Reading: Philippians 1:20-24, 27 Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 Being Grateful That God’s Ways Are Far Above Our Own My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. (Isaiah […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, September 6, 2020

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23 rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 2nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10 Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 Answering God’s Call to Be Watchmen for Our Families You . . . I have appointed watchman. (Ezekiel 33:7) Just as God appointed Ezekiel […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 23, 2020

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23 Responsorial: Psalm 138:1-3, 6,8 2nd Reading: Romans 11:33-36 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (Isaiah 22:21) Master of the palace: it was a […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 16, 2020

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Responsorial: Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 2nd Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-2 Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7) All of […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, August 9, 2020

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 85:9-14 2nd Reading: Romans 9:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-23 Worshipping the One True God at Mass Theirs [is] the worship. (Romans 9:3) Paul begins his long meditation on the mystery of Israel’s rejection of Christ by listing some […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 26, 2020

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Responsorial: Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 2nd Reading: Romans 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus Christ, the True Pearl of Great Price The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. (Matthew 13:45) […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 12, 2020

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Listening to and Putting into Practice Jesus Words and Teachings You shall indeed hear but not understand. (Matthew 13:14) Any parent can tell you what it’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, July 5, 2020

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 What Does It Mean to be Baptized into Jesus’ Death and Resurrection? We are not debtors to the flesh. (Romans 8:12) Whether it’s […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020
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Reflections for Sunday, June 21, 2020

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Responsorial: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35 2nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 Staying Close to the Lord and Allowing His Love to Shape Our Hearts My persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. (Jeremiah 20:11) […]

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Reflections for Sunday, June 14, 2020: Corpus Christi

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20 2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Gospel: John 6:51-58 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. (John 6:55) Have you ever […]

Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity
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Reflections for Sunday, June 7, 2020: The Most Holy Trinity

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 Responsorial: (Psalm) Daniel 3:52-56 2nd Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Gospel: John 3:16-18 Knowing and Experiencing the Love, Mercy, and Kindness of the Holy Trinity The Lord . . . proclaimed his name. (Exodus 34:5) Have you ever wondered why the […]

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 […]