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Reflection for March 10, 2007

"You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins."

Today's Mass Readings

It is during lent that we get to hear the prophecies of some of the minor prophets of the Old Testament. For example, we get to hear from the prophecies of prophet Micah in today’s first reading. He prophesied around the same time as Isaiah. But while Isaiah came from the upper echelons of society, Micah came from rural Judah. As a result, his message is specially connected to the land and the poor who work in it.

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Reflection for March 9, 2007

"The New Exodus"

Today's Mass Readings


In today’s Gospel reading we hear Jesus preaching an important but often overlooked aspect of salvation history in the form of a parable. He is basically telling certain Pharisees that God has been trying to reunite His scattered family by sending prophets, and now His Son, Jesus, God in the flesh. God’s people beat and killed the prophets, and now the Son of God will also be killed. Although it will be the Romans who kill Jesus, some of the religious leaders will consent to His death, and in fact seek it out.

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Reflection for March 8, 2007

"As You Sow, So Shall You Reap"


Today's Mass Readings


The United States, is in many ways a place of great excesses, especially when we compare ourselves to our brothers and sisters in the rest of the world. Today’s powerful gospel reading has Jesus telling a parable regarding a nameless rich man who lived at the cost of others’ lives, particularly the life of a poor and afflicted man named Lazarus. When it was too late – that is, when the rich man had died – he realized the error of his ways.

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Reflection for 7 March, 2007

"Deliver us from Evil"

Today's Mass readings

The book of the prophet Jeremiah is a rather poignant piece of prophetic literature. On the one hand, Jeremiah was a courageous and credible prophet. On the other hand, he often felt that God was letting him down by letting his enemies have an upper hand. He struggled to understand why his enemies could not be simply destroyed by God so that God’s own message preached by Jeremiah could reform the corrupt monarchy of the time and thus escape the impending disaster at the hands of the Babylonians. We see both these sentiments in today’s first reading. While his enemies are plotting to destroy him, Jeremiah asks a very basic question: “Must good be repaid with evil?”

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August 21, 2016 - Strive to be Last

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

If salvation or heaven was not integral to our faith, how many of us would be religious? For intensity sake, let me reframe the question. If at the end of our lives, our virtuous living could not guarantee us heaven, would we still be believers? Christianity, in particular, is a very demanding religious tradition. It invites us to take up our cross, to be humble, to die to ourself, to give beyond measure, to be poor in spirit, to forgive our enemies us and to sacrifice our life for our faith . After fulfilling these expectations if all we could expect was some earthly reward, would you and I still be Christian? The human heart longs for immortality and salvation. Without the assurance of salvation, religion would lose its purpose. In fact, religion IS the quest for salvation. 

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