Category: Sunday Reflections

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 […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 Responsorial: Psalm 23 2nd Reading: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Accepting Jesus’ Invitation to Receive Him in a Deeper Way How is it that you came in here without a wedding garment? (Matthew 22:12) According to Jesus’ parable, some who […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, October 1, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28 Responsorial: Psalm 25:4-9 2nd Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 The Importance of Unity in Christ Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5) Time for a quiz! What will make Paul’s joy “complete” (2:2)? […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 24, 2017

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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 Understanding God’s Justice Compared to Our Human Sense of Justice I will give you what is just. (Matthew 20:4) Let’s talk about justice. The landowner in Jesus’ […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 27:30–28:7 Responsorial: Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 2nd Reading: Romans 14:7-9 Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 Responding to God’s Boundless Mercy and Love How often must I forgive? (Matthew 18:21) In his very first Sunday homily as the Holy Father, Pope Francis proclaimed, “This is the […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, September 3, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Responsorial: Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 2nd Reading: Romans 12:1-2 Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27 The Importance of Reasoning in Faith or Thinking as God Does You are thinking . . . (Matthew 16:23) Poor Peter! He had just confessed that Jesus was the “Messiah, […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 20, 2017

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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 15:21-28          Making Our Homes a House of Prayer My house shall be called a house of prayer. (Isaiah 56:7) Around the year AD 350, a popular […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, August 13, 2017

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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 Being Bold in Following the Lord and Serving Him O you of little faith. (Matthew 14:31) Have you ever seen a toddler take a few wobbly steps and then […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord
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Reflections for Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration of the Lord

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings:        1st Reading:       Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14                 Responsorial:   Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9        2nd Reading:      2 Peter 1:16-19                       Gospel:             Matthew 17:1-9 He was transfigured before them. (Matthew 17:2) A radiant Messiah, an out-of-body experience, time-traveling superstars from the past, and talking clouds—the transfiguration is one of the […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 30, 2017

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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: 8:28-30 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 What It Means to Treasure the Kingdom of Heaven The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. (Matthew 13:44) Who would […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11 2nd Reading: Romans 8:18-23 Responsorial: Psalm 65:10-14 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 Bearing Fruit in Our Lives through Humble, Faithful, and Repentant Hearts My word shall not return to me void. (Isaiah 55:11) In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the image of seed sown […]

Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Reflections for Sunday, July 9, 2017

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10 2nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 Following Jesus with New Zeal and Childlike Faith You have revealed them to little ones. (Matthew 11:25) Life is an adventure for little children. Give a young boy […]

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