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Weekly Reflections


"Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth." (LK 1:39-40)

What Should We Do?

"I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals." (LK 3:16)

God’s Reconstruction Plan

"Up, Jerusalem! stand upon the heights; look to the east and see your children gathered from the east and the west..." Baruch 5:5

Called to Listen and Serve

"Jesus Christ is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth." (REV 1:5)

Good News in the End

Jesus said to his disciples, "And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory." (MK 13:26)

Self-Sacrificing Gift

"This poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury." (MK 12:43)

Knowing and Doing

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (MK 12:31)

Self Examination

"For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." (MK 10:45)

Heart Surgery

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle Than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (MK 10:23)

Proud to Be Human

"But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." (MK 10:6-8)

"And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple—amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward." (MT 10:42)

Unity in Christ

"Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward." (MK 9:41)

Ask the Hard Questions

"The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise." Mark 9:31

Mosaic Law and Traditions

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction." (JAS 1:27)

Maybe the Sign is the Wonder

"I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst." (JN 6:35)

Called to Be Extraordinary

"He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts." (MK 6:8)

Raising of Jairus' Daughter by Paolo Veronese, 1546

Faith Precedes Healing

"He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.'" (MK 5:34)

Thy Kingdom Come

"The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed..." (MK 4:31)

Hands of priest holding up the Eucharist

Astonishing Mystery

"This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many." (MC 14:24)

Astonishing Mystery

The Holy Trinity Astonishing is the term that Clement of Alexandria used in referring to the Holy Trinity. Today’s scriptures tell the astonishing stories, from Moses in the Old Testament to the end of Matthew’s Gospel, of how we mere humans are intended to be intimately associated with our loving God. We see in Deuteronomy that Moses reminds the new generation of Israelites of the “astonishing” fact that, even though the ancient world teemed with gods, their God was the only God, that “there is no other.” Saint Paul in the letter to the Romans writes about those who follow the Spirit as being “sons” of God, which of course […]

Mary and the Apostles gathered at Pentecost

Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

"Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them." (ACTS 2:3)

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