'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 7)

'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 7)

Seek Jesus with Joy and Dedication on the Feast of His Presentation

In Luke’s Gospel reading for today, we hear the account of the devout Holy Family arriving at the Temple of Jerusalem. They had traveled the five miles from Bethlehem for a dual purpose- to fulfill the Jewish law by dedicating their first-born son, and present Him to the temple, and so Mary can be immersed in the Purification bath of the Temple. As they are moving up the southern steps of the Temple of Jerusalem, Simeon, a devoted and religious…

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (2020)

Children are precious. We as a society value children, but parents, understandably, treasure their children. This was, perhaps, even stronger in the ancient world where children often died. At the time of Moses, and of Jesus, starvation was never very far away. The first born of livestock, sheep and cattle, were really important for survival. When God made a covenant with the people of Israel on Mount Sinai He promised to care for them and their descendants. God also asked for trust. Part of their expression…

Christ at Mass Reflection for January 26th, 2020

Doesn’t the second reading today- Paul’s letter to the Corinthians-get at an issue that is still very common today?  Way back then, Christians were tempted to splint into factions, just as we are now today. Factions are differences taken up a notch. Among all who call themselves Christian, there are factions; among those who call themselves Catholic, there are factions; among those who call themselves family, there are factions. Some Christians believe that abortion is wrong; some do not. Some…

Sunday Mass Reflection for January 26th, 2020

When St Matthew (Matthew 4:14 – 15) cites the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 9:1); “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light.” he invokes a lot of Israelite history. We all grew up with the story.  The twelve tribes of Israel were captive as slaves in Egypt until God commanded Moses to lead them to the promised land, more…

Christ at Mass Reflection for January 19th, 2020

With Christmas season over for this Liturgical Year, our readings this Sunday offer us three invitations. First, we are invited to be servants. The first reading [Is 49:3, 5-6] says, “You are my servant.” Later it says, “I will make you the light of the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Second, we are asked to recognize our apostleship as Paul recognized his in the second reading [1 Cor 1:1-3]. Third, we are invited…

Sunday Mass Reflection for January 19th, 2020

The Mass is important because, by the words of Jesus Christ, spoken at the altar, bread and wine become His Body and Blood. The Church teaches us that, as the context for that wonderful event, the prayers of the Mass are inspired by the Holy Spirit (CCC 1124). Think about the opening prayers for Mass. They are short and can slip by us, but they are given by God. In our opening prayer, we asked God to bestow peace on our…