St. John

"Appearance of Christ on the Mountain in Galilee" (detail) by Duccio di Buoninsegna [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What we have seen with our own eyes

As we approach the mystery of Christmas, it is important to not become jaded to the shocking reality of what we profess.  During Advent, we have journeyed with the Blessed Mother, who kept the mystery of the Incarnation within her for nine months. As we now prepare to recount the story of that night in Bethlehem, we can’t allow ourselves […]

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For the Love of Lazarus

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A) — Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalms 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-2. The gospel story of the raising of Lazarus found in John 11 shows us why Jesus can love some friends and disciples more than others, why death is not natural and beautiful, the difference […]

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The Man Born Blind Sees the Lion of Judah

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year A) — First Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17. The Lion of Judah is no tame lion.  Neither is he predictable. While walking along the streets of Jerusalem one day, Jesus sees a common enough sight in the Holy City.  […]

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Encountering the Word — John 14:1-3

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and […]

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Encountering the Word — John 14:1-3

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — John 14:1-3

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Reflection for the Feast of the Transfiguration

  One of the bible’s names for the God is “El Shaddai” or “God of the Mountains.”  And from the very beginning of salvation history, we see that mountains are a special place to communicate with Heaven.  Abraham ascends Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son (Gen 22).  God reveals his name and to Moses on Mount Sinai (Ex 3).  Moses […]

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Encountering the Word — John 16:33

“I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) If you liked this scripture passage, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments […]