Will You Reject The Landowner’s Son?

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 12:1-12 REFLECTION Today’s Gospel recalls a parable spoken by Jesus to a Jewish audience.  A landowner leased his vineyard to tenants.  But when the landowner sent servants to collect his share of the harvest, the tenants mauled (even killed) the master’s servants.  The reference was clear to those who heard the parable. 

Is Your House Built On A Rock? Or On Sand?

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 7:21-27 REFLECTION “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded

Two Blessed Women

Today’s Gospel:  Luke 1:39-56 REFLECTION In today’s Gospel, Mary (now pregnant with Jesus) decides to visit her relative Elizabeth (also in the family way with John) in the hill country. It is not too difficult to imagine the scene as the two women met. Perhaps Mary was just a little nervous, maybe shy, but the

Christ’s Labor Day

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 11:25-30 REFLECTION Christ offers the greatest invitation we would ever know – the call for sinners to come to Him and find the rest of salvation.  Christ has chosen to give us a Labor Day. He has chosen to give us a special rest. But we have to come to him. When

Do You Want To Be Cured Of Blindness?

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 10:46-52 REFLECTION Today’s Gospel tells of a blind beggar named Bartimaeus.  As Jesus and his apostles were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus learned from the crowd who it was that was passing by.  He cried out to Jesus, asking for mercy. It is interesting to recognize that although the beggar was told, “Jesus of

Servant Leadership

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 10:32-45 REFLECTION In today’s Gospel, the sons of Zebedee (John and James), submit a request to sit at the right hand (a prominent place) of Jesus when the Lord “comes to glory.”  Enough has been written about Jesus’ response to this request.  (“Can you drink from my cup?  Will you be baptized

Keep And Lose, Give And Gain

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 10:28-31 REFLECTION Today’s gospel presents us with a paradox: We lose what we keep, and we gain what we give away. When we lose our lives for Christ, we gain a priceless treasure and an inheritance which lasts forever. Whatever we give to God comes back a hundredfold. Generosity flows from a

The Best Things In Life Are Not Things

Today’s Gospel:  Mark 10:17-27     REFLECTION “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honor thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto Him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and

Partaking Of Jesus

Today’s Gospel:  John 6:51-58 REFLECTION “Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the

God’s Great Hold On Us

Today’s Gospel:  John 10:22-30 REFLECTION Today’s Gospel contains one of the most comforting statements in the Bible:  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which