Let the Scriptures be Fulfilled

31 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 4: 13-18, Lk 4:16-30 REFLECTION Today’s gospel passage clearly and distinctly defines the objective of Jesus’ life and ministry while He was with us. Jesus declared that His mission was to proclaim the good news of freedom and salvation to all, especially the poor. Jesus claims to be

Mercy – the Heart of Worship

30 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8, Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 REFLECTION The Pharisees and scribes adhere too much to the letter of the law and to traditional practices. And since Jesus’ disciples fail to observe the traditional ritual for washing hands, they criticize Jesus their Master. The washing of hands when people return

The John the Baptist in Us

29 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 4:9-11, Mk 6:17-29 REFLECTION Like the prophets of old, John the Baptist, the last of the prophets is persecuted and killed by evil men. Jesus feels heavily the demise of the precursor. In our own century the martyrs have returned, many of them nameless, unknown soldiers as it

Be Vigilant… Christ is Coming

27 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 3:7-13, Mt 24:42-51 REFLECTION Today’s gospel warns us to watch for Christ’s coming, to maintain that temper of mind which we would be willing that our Lord should find us in. God does not reveal to us the time of his coming in order to keep us from

You Know Me, Lord

26 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Jgs 9:6-15, Mt 20:1-16 REFLECTION What if there was a screen that shows other people all our thoughts and emotions? How embarrassing that must be! If we just go through all the thoughts and unsaid words we’ve had in the past fifteen minutes, we must feel ashamed. And yet, God

Be A Person of Integrity

25 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: 1 Thes 2:1-8, Mt 23:23-26 REFLECTION Hypocrites mean actor or one who pretends. Thus a hypocrite is a pretender, one who plays a character. Today’s Gospel continues Jesus’ denunciations of the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus affirms their authority and their teachings but he criticizes their love of public recognition and

Jesus Calls You… Come and See

24 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Rv 21:9b-14, Jn 1:45-51 REFLECTION Today’s Gospel reading gives us an account of the call of Nathanael. Nathanael’s first encounter with Jesus are unsettling, but both open into promises of deeper relationship and greater vision. Nathanael accepts the invitation to “come and see,” and becomes a follower of Jesus. Encounters

Following Jesus

23 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b, Jn 6:60-69 REFLECTION People react and respond differently to Jesus’ teaching and example. First, there are those who turn their back on Jesus because Jesus’ ways and teachings are unconventional. They expect him to be a political savior but he knows no violence. He is supposed

Fear Not

22 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17, Mt 23:1-12 REFLECTIONS God’s appearance normally elicits the sense of fear.But God’s appearances are not meant to terrify but to reassure for he is a God of providence and promise. When his people are afflicted he sets their fears to rest, strengthens the prophets who are

The Greatest Commandment

21 Aug 2009 Today’s Readings: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22, Mt 22: 34-40 REFLECTION Jesus is not a scholar but he knows how to get to the substance of the law. Though Jesus formulates the greatest commandments in two parts, he insists that there is only one commandment and sums it up in the word