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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

Weekly Reflections

Tissot, James, The calling of Peter and Andrew.

Seeking the Light

"Jesus said to them, 'Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" (Mt 4:19)

Lamb of God

Called to Be Holy

"Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” (Jn 1:29)

The Baptism of the Lord

This is My Beloved Son

"Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him." (Mt 3:13)

Welcome Father Alberto Chavez

I am Father Alberto Chavez and I will soon be collaborating with Father Abel and Father Walter, in the community.

The Nativity of Christ our Lord

Merry Christmas

"They shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us." (Mt 1:23)

Sunset sky peaking through silhouette of the trees

Reason to Rejoice

"The wilderness and the parched land will exult; the Arabah will rejoice and bloom." (Is 35:1)

The Long Awaited One

"Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." (Lk 3:4)

First Sunday of Advent

Hopeful Expectation

Prepare for the Lord's Coming

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory." Mark 13:26

Life is Hard, but Have No Fear

"Not a hair on your head will be destroyed." (Lk 21:18)

Lamb of God

Confidence in the Lord

"The King of the universe will raise us up to live again forever." (2 Mc 7:9)

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, by Raphael, 1515

Relationship with God

"O God, be merciful to me a sinner." (Lk 18:13)

The Healing of Ten Lepers (Guérison de dix lépreux), 1886-1896. James Tissot (French, 1836-1902).

Healing and Salvation

“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” (Lk 17:13)

A Little Faith

"We are unprofitable servants." (Lk 17:10)

Illustration of Lazarus at the rich man's gate by Fyodor Bronnikov, 1886.

How God Intends Us to Live

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s readings are again directed to believers, communities of faith. As in last week’s reading, Amos confronts us with a condemnation of those whose lives are focused on pleasure and self-absorption. The psalm contrasts that focus with the Lord’s—justice for the oppressed; food the hungry; freedom for captives; sight to the blind; raising of those who are bowed down; loving the just; protecting strangers, orphans, and the widow; and by doing so, thwarting the way of the wicked. Timothy urges the pursuit of righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Luke tells the familiar tale of the wealthy man and the poor beggar at […]

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

Lost & Found

"Rejoice, your brother who was lost has been found." (Lk 15:24)

Welcome the Stranger

"They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations..." (Is 66:20)

Jesus Preaching in the Synagogue

Listen to Jesus and the Prophets

Prophets have always had a tough row to hoe. Their words, often unwelcome, are used against them to persecute and even kill them. Such was the fate of the Old Testament prophets, and Jeremiah is a great example of this. Jesus endured opposition from sinners, and did not turn back from a shameful death in order to rise to a glorious new life. The ultimate prophet, Jesus sought to warn the people of his time and ours of the divisions that his words would cause, showing himself to be the prophet of all time. We all need to look at our divisions and dilemmas in light of Jesus’ teachings and […]

Loss of a Loved One

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled” (Mt. 5:4)

Bright yellow house with steps to front door and small tree

Lord, Come Visit My House

There is a verb that shines particularly in the readings of this Sunday; in the verb "Welcome"

The Works of the Lord are Admirable

What gives us such pleasure in being missionary disciples?

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