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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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Reflection for Oct 29, 2007

Our God is the God of Salvation"

Today's Mass Readings

In today’s reading the leader of a particular synagogue is upset with Jesus for curing a woman on the Sabbath, because he thought of such curing as the type of work prohibited by the Ten Commandments. In the diverse Judaism of Jesus’ day, this was actually an open question. What constituted “work” was hotly debated between Jewish scholars of the time.

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Reflection for Oct 28, 2007

The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor"

Sunday Mass Readings

There are many reasons why people pray to God. There are those who pray to God because, they have no other means of support but the Lord. As the first reading (Sir 35:12-14, 16-18) suggests, “The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.” Through their prayer such people express their dependence on God. Others, like the Pharisee in today’s gospel reading (Lk 18:9-14), pray because they can show-off. They pray because they think its their prayer that saves them while it is actually God who saves us. They pray to justify themselves.

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