Scripture Reflections

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The Spiritual Joy of John the Baptist

On the Third Sunday of Advent, penitential purple gives way to pink and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday. “Rejoice heartily in the Lord, says Isaiah” (61:10). “My Spirit finds joy in God my Savior,” says the Virgin Mary (Luke 1: 47). “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul (I Thes. 5:16). “Make straight the way of the Lord”, […]

"The Beheading of St. John the Baptist" by Caravaggio

Lessons from St. John the Baptist that will change your life…

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’” (Mark 1:2-3). St. John the Baptist is proclaimed by Jesus as the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets sent to prepare […]

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Advent’s theme can be summed up in the word’s of Isaiah 40: Prepare the way of the Lord!  But what are the mountains that need to be leveled and the valleys that need to be filled in?  Here’s a road map through the desert of Advent road construction to the joy of Christmas. Reflection on the Mass readings for the […]

The Annunciation (detail) by Caravaggio

A Practical Plan for Advent

“But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his […]

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Advent Reminds us to Wake Up

During a time when parties and endless carols dull our spiritual senses, the message of Advent urges to wake up and be alert and vigilant.  Our society is asleep spiritually.  Here are some ideas to rouse ourselves, our famlies and our neighbors to a preparation for the Christmas holidays that is more life-giving and meaningful. Reflection on the Mass readings […]

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

Do You Reveal the Lord to Those He Places in Your Life?

“As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (John 13:34). In John 14:15, Jesus tells his apostles, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  In this passage, Jesus is preparing His Apostles for His departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. After three long years with them, these are among His final words […]

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Judging Sins of Omission

The Feast of Christ the King reminds us that Jesus will judge the living and the dead.  Matthew 25 hints that the pious, decent folk may be in for a surprise . . . sins of omission, failing to love, may figure more prominently in the last judgment that we may think. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity […]

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The Proverbs 31 Woman and the Parable of the Talents

The Proverbs 31 woman and Jesus’s parable of the talents proves that bold initiative, not timid passivity, is what true faith is all about.  If we are to bear abundant fruit, our faith must be seasoned with boldness. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; […]

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Caught Unprepared

The parable of the foolish virgins who let the oil in their lamps run out recalls the recurring nightmare that so many experience, of being caught totally unprepared for a test or presentation. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; First Thessalonians 4:13-17 or 4; Matthew […]

"The Prophet Elias" (detail) by Daniele da Volterra

Come, Follow Me…

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Each and every one of us has a hunger and thirst for God deep within our very being. God, himself, placed that desire for Him there. He has made us for Himself. Whether or not we realize it, God alone can satisfy our every […]