'Christ at Mass' Tagged Posts (Page 12)

'Christ at Mass' Tagged Posts (Page 12)

Christ at Mass Reflection for Sunday, September 29th, 2019

In this Sunday’s 1st Reading, Amos prophesied to the Israelites “Woe to the complacent in Zion.” The Israelites had grown complacent because of their wealth and luxurious living, a complacency that blinded them to the needs of the poor. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us the story and fate of one complacent rich man who daily ignored the sufferings of one poor man, Lazarus, who sat on his doorstep. Traditionally this has been known as the Story of “Dives and…

Christ at Mass Reflection for Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

True Happiness Comes from God and through Christ in the Eucharist Jesus wants us to know that true happiness does not come from money but from God. Money and material possessions can easily become obstacles in our relationship with God. The first question we need to ask ourselves is “Are we utilizing our money and possessions to help others?”. Are we raising the lowly from the dust and lifting up the poor, as proclaimed in today’s responsorial psalm? Or are…

Sunday Mass Reflection for September 22nd, 2019

We have all grown up hearing the parables of Jesus.  We tend to think of them as familiar and comforting.  Familiarity, however, can be a distraction and cause us to miss the point.  The parables of Christ are designed to puzzle and shock to get our attention, then make a point.  Our parable this Sunday (Luke 16:1 – 9) is an excellent example.  Jesus, who we believe, directs us to a more virtuous life seems to be promoting dishonesty, even…

Sunday Mass Reflection for September 15th, 2019

There is a practice in Christian Spirituality, that suggests that, when we encounter a parable of Jesus, we imagine ourselves as one of the characters in the story.  This idea is particularly popular with the parable of the Prodigal Son.  The father has two sons, both of whom have, as people in our culture say, “issues.”  As a spiritual exercise, each of us might ask, “Am I the rebellious, self-indulgent child or am I the stubborn, unforgiving child?”  But what…

Sunday Mass Reflection for September 8th, 2019

The Cold War was a long time ago, yet still vivid in some of our memories.  John Foster Dulles was a hero of that conflict between East and West.  He was Secretary of State under President Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959 and a stanch opponent of Communism.  Secretary Dulles was also a devout Presbyterian.  His father, Allen Dulles, was a Presbyterian minister.  His grandfather had been a Presbyterian missionary.  Can you imagine Secretary Dulles’ sorrow when his youngest son, off…

Sunday Mass Reflection for September 1st, 2019

Why do we go to Mass on Sunday?  Take a minute and think about that, about the reason you should go to Mass on Sunday.  Most Christians, Catholics and Protestants, go to church on the weekend because their parents made them go as they grew up.  However, as adults, we should do what we do for a rational reason.  The executive summary is, we must go to Mass on Sunday and Holy Days because by the words of Jesus Christ,…