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Reflection for Nov 4, 2007

Today Salvation has Come to this House"

Sunday Mass Readings

In the first reading today, the author of the book of Wisodm says"
"But you spare all things, because they are yours,
O LORD and lover of souls,
for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
warn them and remind them of the sins they are committing,
that they may abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!" (Wisdom 12:2)

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Reflection for Nov 2, 2007 - All Souls Day

"The Lord is My Shepherd; There is Nothing I shall Want"

Today's Mass Readings

All of the readings for today, All Souls Day, which commemorates all of the faithful departed, work together to emphasize the connectedness of all these faithful souls in the Communion of Saints. In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we see a reflection of God’s eternal care for the souls of the just. Wisdom mentions how the foolish thought these souls were dead, since their bodies had in fact died, and yet these people who have died live on with God. “They are in peace,” Wisdom tells us, even those who went through Purgatory: “because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them.”

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Reflection for Nov 1, 2007 - Feast of All Saints

Lord, this is the People that Longs to See Your Face"

Today's Mass Readings

We are always surrounded by the saints, and today is one time in particular when we reflect on the fact that our Church includes both the living and the dead. Today’s readings give us a beautiful and complex picture of the saints.

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Reflection for Oct 31, 2007

My hope, O Lord, is in Your Mercy"

Today's Mass Readings

Who among us will be saved? It is a question as relevant today as it was in Jesus’ own day. Despite the many easy formulas and quick-fix remedies presented in the popular media and on the shelves of our bookstores, the Cross is a stark reminder that salvation is no easy affair. There is no 30-day path to guaranteed holiness. St. Paul tells us in the first reading that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,” and Jesus teaches us in today’s Gospel that even those who eat and drink in the Lord’s company may be condemned as “evildoers.” Perhaps it was this realization that led the individual in today’s Gospel to ask, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”

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Reflection for Oct 30, 2007

Thy Kingdom Come"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s reading from the Gospel of Luke, we see that one of the images Jesus uses to describe the Kingdom of God is that of a mustard seed. The mustard seed is known for its small seeds, and yet mustard plants grow into large bush-like trees which can shelter birds. The mustard plant grows relatively fast and has an almost weed like tenacity in the proper environment. Similarly, a little bit of yeast has a proportionately huge effect on its environment.

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