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Weekly Reflections

The Transfiguration, 1480 by Bellini, Giovanni

Change

"From the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.'" (MT 17:5)

Christ in the Wilderness by Ivan Kramskoy, 1872

Strength Against Temptation

"Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil." (MT 4:1)

Foolishness

"Love your enemies, that you be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes the sun rise on the bad and the good." (MT 5:44-45)

Choice

"Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place." (MT 5:18)

Painting of The Presentation of the Lord

A Christmas Reprise

"Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation" (Lk 2:29-30)

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)

Good Shepherd

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)

Good Shepherd

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)

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