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Reflection for Oct 1, 2007

The One Who is Least Among All of You
is the One Who is the Greatest"


Today's Mass Readings

“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest” (lk 9: 47-48). St. Therese Lisieux, whose feast is celebrated today, chose to be called “Therese of the Child Jesus,” because of her desire to have the simple faith of a small child.

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Reflection for Sept 30, 2007

Lay Hold of the Eternal Life, to Which You were Called"

Sunday's Mass Readings

In today's second reading (1 Tim 6:11-16), St. Paul to Timothy, where he writes, “But you, man of God pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.” In other words, St. Paul is encouraging Timothy and his community to be a certain kind of people. St. Paul is urging them to strive at developing a Christian character.

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Reflection for Sept 29, 2007 - Feast of the Archangels

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord."

Today's Mass Readings

Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, "The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition." Thus, the existence of angels is clearly entrenched in our faith.

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Reflection for Sept 28, 2007

I will Give You Peace"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Haggai, we find God comforting His people. God’s people are saddened that the Temple they have worked so hard at constructing is not as glorious as Solomon’s Temple. God explains that He controls the flow of precious metals. He can bring forth more gold and precious stones than Solomon was able to muster. But this is not the reason for the glory of the Second Temple. But rather, as the last verse of the first reading says, "And in this place I will give you peace" (Hag 2:9).

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Reflection for Sept 27, 2007

The Lord Takes Delight in His People"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Haggai, we find the same theme that has been building all week, concerning the Temple in Jerusalem. King David wanted a Temple to be built to the Lord. The Israelites in the Wilderness had the Tabernacle, which moved around from place to place, but fulfilled the decree from the Book of Deuteronomy, stipulating that animal sacrifices to the Lord should only be in one place, unlike their polytheistic neighbors. It was not until King Solomon, however, that the Israelites built a Temple, and it was such a temple, that people from all over the known world came to it to learn the wisdom of God.

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