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Reflections for Sunday, June 1, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, June 1, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20) The Faithfulness of Jesus in Leading Us and Guiding Us  I am with you always, until the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)  This is a bittersweet day. On the one hand, we celebrate Jesus, the Son of God, […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21) Being Filled with the Holy Spirit  They received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8:17) As soon as the apostles heard about God’s work in Samaria, they sent Peter and John to find out what was happening. When they arrived […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 18, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,18-19; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12) Accepting Jesus’ Invitation To Come to Him Come to him … and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house. (1 Peter 2:4, 5) Beloved, come to me. I am the cornerstone, Jesus. My arms […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 11, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, May 11, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10) Being Cut to the Heart by the Good News of Jesus Christ  They were cut to the heart. (Acts 2:37)  What a vivid image! But this is not the only place in Scripture where we see this […]

Reflections for Sunday, May 4, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, May 4, 2014

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Third Sunday of Easter Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 2:1-14,22-33; Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35)  Experiencing More Deeply the Transforming Power of the Mass  Were not our hearts burning? (Luke 24:32) Great writers have a knack for conveying deep, lasting truths in just a few words. This is the […]

Reflections on Divine Mercy Sunday
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Reflections on Divine Mercy Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31)  The Witness of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II  Many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Acts 2:43) “Miracles.” What does this word bring to mind for you? Spectacular healings? Multiplication of food? […]

Reflections for Easter Sunday
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Reflections for Easter Sunday

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalm 118:1-216-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; John 20:1-9) He is Risen!! On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. (John 20:1)  It’s Easter Sunday. Today, we celebrate the fact that more than two thousand years ago, Jesus’ […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Reflections for Sunday, April 13, 2014 (Palm Sunday)  Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14–27:66) The Victory of the Cross  From now on you will see “the of Man seated at the right hand of the Power” and “coming on the clouds of heaven.” […]

Reflections for Sunday, April 6, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45) Praying to the Lord with Expectant Faith   Father, I thank you for hearing me. (John 11:41)  You have probably prayed many prayers this Lent, maybe even for those who are sick or departed loved ones—the “Lazaruses” in your life. […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, March 30, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13; Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41)  Being Faithful and Obedient Servants of the Lord Anoint him, for this is the one. (1 Samuel 16:12)  Even from the earliest days, there was a strict hierarchy in every Jewish family. The father was the head of […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 23, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42) Lent, A Time to Sharpen Our Spiritual Focus If you knew the gift of God … (John 4:10) It is a constant challenge to see spiritual reality in the midst of our everyday lives. One of the […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9) The Call to Holiness, God’s Design for Our Lives He saved us and called us to a holy life. (2 Timothy 1:9)  St. Paul tells us that we have been called to a holy life. But if […]

Reflections for Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62:2-3,6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34) Rejoicing in God’s Love for Us I will never forget you. (Isaiah 49:15) Have you ever noticed how mothers have an unparalleled capacity to love? No matter how tough a job she has raising her children, a mother […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection and Group Discussion (Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18; Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48) Godly Perfection, Loving and Forgiving our Enemies Be perfect. (Matthew 5:48) Perfect? Isn’t that impossible? Let’s take a look.                   Before Jesus spoke these words, a workable system was already in place: “eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Deuteronomy 19:21). […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection and Group Discussion (Sirach 15:15-20; Psalm 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37) The Paradox of the Cross What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard … (1 Corinthians 2:9)  The cross of Christ was the last thing anyone expected. The Messiah was supposed to come in triumph and […]

Reflections For Sunday, February 9, 2014
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Reflections For Sunday, February 9, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflectoin/Group Discussion (Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112:4-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16) What it Means to Demonstrate the Power of God to Others … with a demonstration of spirit and power. (1 Corinthians 2:4) Christians are called to be kind and generous, to serve those in need, and to be honest and […]

Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Refelction and Group Discussion  (Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40) The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, A Pointer to the Cross … and you yourself a sword will pierce. (Luke 2:35)  Did you know that this day has several celebrations associated with it, including one that involves […]

Reflecitons for Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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Reflecitons for Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 8:23–9:3; Psalm 27:1,4,13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23) The Power of Forgivness in Healing Divisions I urge … that you be united. (1 Corinthians 1:10)  The Corinthian church was out of control. Some members were visiting prostitutes. One was even having an affair with his stepmother! […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 19, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 49:3,5-6; Psalm 40:2,4,7-10; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34) Seeing Jesus More Clearly, a Work of the Holy Spirit I did not know him. (John 1:33)  When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin […]

Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, January 12, 2014

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The Baptism of the Lord Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Psalm 29:1-4,9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17) View NAB Reading at USCCB.org At Jesus’ Baptism, The Sinless One is One With Us esus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan. (Matthew 3:13) It’s a big day! After thirty hidden years […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 29, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Feast of the Holy Family Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23) View NAB Reading at USCCB.org What it Means to “Put on Love” Put on then, as God’s chosen ones … love. (Colossians 3:12, 14)  You are about to head out the door for a family […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 22, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Fourth Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24) View NAB Reading at USCCB.org Sharing With Others the New Life We Have in Christ  She was found with child through the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18) For the first two months of a woman’s pregnancy, […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 15, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Third Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 35:1-6,10; Psalm 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11) View NAB Reading at USCCB.org Allowing the Eucharist to Transform Us   They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. (Isaiah 35:2) Thinking about the Eucharist always brings certain Scripture passages […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Second Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection/Group Discussion (Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12) Growing in Godly Patience and Love Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:7) Jesus sure has a lot of patience, doesn’t he? Day in and day out, he puts up with our erratic […]

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