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Weekly Reflections

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)

Jesus Preaching in the Synagogue

Love is Real

"This is my commandment: love one another as I love you." (JN 15:12)

The Fruit of Faith

"I am the vine, you are the branches... without me you can do nothing." (JN 15:5)


"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.'" (JN 20:29)

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me

Suffering and Intimacy

"When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, 'Truly this man was the Son of God!'" (MK 15:39)

Vigésimo Domingo en Tiempo Ordinario

Through Suffering

"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." (JN 12:24)

Jesus, the Law, the Jews—and Us

"Jesus answered and said to them, 'Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.'" (JN 2:19)


"The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert..." (MK 1:12)

Healing and Hope

"I do will it. Be made clean." (MC 1:41)

Joining in God’s Healing of the World

"Jesus cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons." (MK 1:34)

Jesus Preaching in the Synagogue

Prophets in Daily Life

"The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes." (MK 1:22)

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, by Raphael, 1515

“KAIROS” Moments

"Then they abandoned their nets and followed him." (MK 1:18)

God’s Call

"John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God.'" (JN 1:36)

Three kings presenting gifts to baby Jesus

In a Nutshell

"Behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.'" (MT 2:1-2)

Painting of The Presentation of the Lord


"The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him." (LK 2:40)

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