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A reflection for the First Sunday of Lent It seems almost scandalous to think that Jesus experienced temptation. We think of temptation as something shameful, something that only happens to us and not to others, something that distances us from God. But in the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent we see Jesus tempted ...read more
First Sunday of Lent, Year A – March 5th, 2017 Today’s Scripture readings for the First Sunday of Lent immerse us into the depths of the season we are entering. Today’s readings and Psalm 51 sound overtures of the great themes that we will hear and live over the next six weeks. Reflecting on today’s ...read more
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 26th, 2017 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (6:32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus ...read more
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 19th, 2017 The three Scripture readings today issue three calls to us – to be holy as the Lord our God is holy; to not deceive ourselves with the wisdom of this age; and to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Let ...read more
One of the greatest but often overlooked gifts given to us by the Catholic Church are the many saints canonized over the years. They are given to us as examples of hope during all possible combinations of human hardship we might find ourselves in. This group provides real examples of people who have overcome great tribulations, ...read more
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 12th, 2017   Matthew’s Gospel reflects the situation of the early Church after the destruction of Jerusalem (70 AD). Throughout the Gospel, Jesus affirms the permanent validity of the Law (Matthew 5:18-19), but in a new interpretation, given with full authority (5:21-48). Jesus “fulfils” the Law ...read more
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 5th, 2017 Jesus of Nazareth was a master teacher and a great storyteller. I can easily picture him teaching and preaching to his young friends as they sat on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, on hillsides, in deserted places or in the temple precincts ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 29th, 2017 As the Church continues her pilgrim journey throughout history, we need a vision to sustain us and give us hope in the midst of our shadows, ambiguities, and sins, our joys and hopes and victories. That biblical vision is found in the great Christian ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 22nd, 2017 Both today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah (8:23-9:3) and the Gospel passage (Matthew 4:12-23) keep alive the memory of Christmas for us. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – January 15th, 2017 In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent – to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our ...read more