'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 12)

'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 12)

Sunday Mass Reflection for October 6th, 2019

Do you ever stop and think about what you expect from life?  We all have responsibilities, desires, and even dreams, but don’t we spend most of our time dealing with the crisis of the moment?  There is a real and compelling value in considering the big picture.  Life is a precious gift that each of us has been given.  Did you hear the words of this Sunday’s opening prayer (Collect); Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness…

Sunday Mass Reflection for September 29th, 2019

An important way to understand the parables of Christ is to look for the anomalies.  For example, in today’s parable (Luke 16:19 – 31), The Rich Man and Lazarus, we wonder if being wealthy is a sin.  More subtle, but even more interesting is that, of all the parables of Jesus that come to us in the Gospels, this is the only one where a character has a name, Lazarus.  The rich man wants Abraham to send Lazarus back to…

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,…

Christ at Mass Reflection for Sunday, August 25th, 2019

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is on his way up to Jerusalem. Jesus has made this trek every year to celebrate the Jewish Pilgrimage Feast of Passover. This will be His last pilgrimage and He knows it. This year He is going to Jerusalem to fulfill all the Passover expectations since the Israelite Exodus from Egypt. At the Exodus God freed them from their slavery in Egypt. Jesus is about to enter into the final and ultimate Passover (His Passion, Death…

Sunday Mass Reflection for August 25th, 2019

A few days ago, I went to visit one of our parishioners in the hospital.  I was chatting with a hospital worker who commented that living in the United States was hitting the lottery.  Living in the United States is indeed a blessing.  However, more and more we hear of discord and division among people.  The media has labeled this “identity politics.” People seem to feel an association with a group who’s needs are not being met.  Dialog between groups seems…

Sunday Mass Reflection for August 18th, 2019

In preaching, I frequently point out that when we find a passage of Sacred Scripture that shocks or disturbs us, we need to really explore the meaning of those words.  There is always a deep truth there.  This Sunday we have an excellent example of surprising, and challenging words from Christ, “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Luke 12:51).  What is that all about?  Christ came…