jtemplate.ru - free extensions for joomla

August 14, 2017 - Between God and You

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Scripture Readings

Today's Gospel reading threw me for a loop when I first read it. After praying with it many times my reflection on it repeatedly ends up at the same place: encourage those who read this 'reflection' to read the Gospel themselves and listen for God's personal Word to enter their hearts. In truth, is that not the main purpose of daily reflections on Scripture? In complete service of that purpose, this reflection is only a series of questions related to just two verses of the Gospel reading. (Mt 17:22-23)

Read more...

August 13, 2017 - When I Am Afraid

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Do you think that Jesus experienced fear? Were there moments in his life where he was overcome with fear? The gospels have no recorded instance of Jesus being afraid. The only instance that we can assume that he was afraid was at the garden of Gethsemane, where Luke tells us that, “He was filled with such agony and prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood.” On the other hand, the gospels have instances of Jesus urging his disciples not be afraid. Just within the last two weeks, twice we have heard that twice. Last weekend, after the transfiguration, he came to his frightened apostles and said, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” In today’s gospel readings he came to the rescue of his terrified apostles and said, “Take courage, It is I; do not be afraid!” 

Read more...

August 12, 2017 - The Faithless Generation

Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today’s gospel passage caught me off guard.  I found myself wondering, “Who is this grumpy and snippy Jesus?”  This poor guy wanted his son healed and Jesus seemed like someone spit in His wine.  However, after I spent some more time with it, I realized this passage might be deeper than I first suspected.  It might be easier to reconcile the “I’ll be with you always” side of Jesus with this “How long will I endure you?” side of Jesus then I first anticipated.  There are two phrases from Jesus that I want to consider as we look this passage.  Matthew records Jesus telling the disciples that they have little faith and he spoke these words, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you?  How long will I endure you?”

Read more...

August 11, 2017 - Living God's Life of Love

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin

Scripture Readings

 I love today's first reading (Deuteronomy 4:32-40) because it comes just before the passage where God gives the Ten Commandments,and it is a description of why God hopes the people will follow the Ten Commandments and take them to heart.  Usually we see the Ten Commandments listed on a wall or on the back of a prayer card, without their context, as though God simply gave them with no explanation or rationale.

Read more...

August 10, 2017 - Generosity - the Call to Sacrificial Giving

Feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr

Scripture Readings

I think it's easy to read today's readings and immediately jump to money. We can read these readings and reflect on how we are giving financially - am I giving enough? Am I giving to the right organizations? Am I cheerful when I am giving that money away? But I think there is more to what we are being asked here.

Read more...

More Articles...

  1. August 9, 2017 - Attitudes