Daily Reflections

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

October 3, 2022

  Brothers and Sisters, in this first reading, it feels like St. Paul is telling us to be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. In his own words, he is telling the Galatians to be on their guard, especially if someone makes the gospel about themselves. The gospel belongs to the Holy Trinity alone. For…

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 2, 2022

  Today’s readings remind me of one thing: war. The prophet Habakkuk says to the Lord “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene.” It makes me wonder what Habakkuk’s faith was like, and better yet, what is your…

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Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

October 1, 2022

  Towards the end of today’s Gospel passage, Jesus makes a very important statement for us to consider. Jesus says. “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.” The first question to look at is…

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Memorial of St. Jerome, priest and Doctor of the Church

September 30, 2022

  In today’s Gospel, we encounter a Jesus that we do not normally encounter. We encounter a stern Jesus who pronounces words of woe and condemnation upon those cities that have not accepted him and his proclamation of the Gospel. Even though it makes us uncomfortable to encounter such a stern Jesus, it would be…

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Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

September 29, 2022

  I can remember back 40 years, to 1982, when the biggest movie of the year was E. T. The Extraterrestrial. In this movie, the extraterrestrial is stranded on earth when his ship leaves suddenly. The extraterrestrial befriends a young boy and the boy’s family, who call him E. T. The entire movie is about…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

September 28, 2022

  In the Gospel for today, Jesus has three encounters that together illustrate the difficulties that may be encountered in following Jesus as a disciple. For me, the first encounter is the most telling. The person offers himself as a disciple, telling Jesus “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus’ response to this would-be…

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Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, priest

September 27, 2022

  In today’s Gospel, Jesus and his disciples are traveling toward Jerusalem, and they want to pass through a Samaritan village on the way. However, the Samaritan village refuses to welcome Jesus because his destination is Jerusalem. So, Jesus and the disciples have to go around the village. However, James and John want to call…

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Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

September 26, 2022

  In the Gospel for today, the disciples of Jesus are once again caught arguing about who among them was the greatest. Concern for status was always a big concern for them, and a source of conflict for them. But we should not be too critical of them for this. After all, we all too…

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2022

  Our Gospel reading for today is the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man lives a sumptuous life, while Lazarus sits at his gate, covered with sores, and unnoticed by the rich man. In the parable, both men die, but their fates after death are very different. We find comfort in…

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Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 24, 2022

  We believe, as Catholics, that those who wrote the books of the Bible were ordinary human beings. and yet. they were definitely inspired by God to do so. That’s a big deal. This means that the prophets and evangelists felt a divine call to preach and write for the people, but they could and…

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Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

September 23, 2022

  The popular reading from Ecclesiastes where we find today’s first reading is rich with nuggets of practical wisdom. Notice the nugget: “There is a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” We all experience that rush to speak when our “brilliant” idea suddenly bubbles up! But is it a time to be…

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Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 22, 2022

  Journalists will often ask a bystander about what they saw and heard. It would appear that the Evangelist Luke is using this technique to report on the impact of what we could call the Jesus Movement. The followers of Jesus were hitting the road to tell the people about the Good News of Jesus,…

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Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

September 21, 2022

  Caravaggio, the early 18th-century painter, was known for his ability to capture the raw emotions of important human events. His painting entitled “The Call of St. Matthew” shows a panorama of shocked faces as Jesus simply and directly calls Matthew, the tax collector, to a new lifestyle. There is a natural realism in the…

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Memorial of Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

September 20, 2022

  Down through the ages, the Book of Proverbs has lived up to its purpose, namely short thoughts of practical wisdom for those who seek it. Two of those bright little gems catch our attention in today’s first reading: The plans of the diligent are sure of profit, but all rash haste leads certainly to…

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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2022

  When Jesus used the image of putting a lamp on a lamp stand rather than under a bucket, he must have caught people’s attention. They realized that the small smoky, flickering oil lamp was truly their only weapon against the darkness. How different this is for us with our vast variety of lighting devices.…

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 18, 2022

  The virtue of integrity usually means respect for the truth. But it’s hard these days to know if something is fake or is the real thing. We can encounter this doubt whether listening to the news, having a group conversation, or speaking with a stranger. Integrity becomes that inner compass that comes to our…

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Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2022

  “as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.” Isn’t it true that, again and again, we must choose this Christian life as our way into Christ? It’s as if…

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Memorial of Sts. Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

September 16, 2022

  “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the most pitiable people of all.” Where is my hope anchored? Is it in this life which I can taste, touch, and feel secure? Or, is it in my heart where I am allowing life’s circumstances—both those arising from inside of me…

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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15, 2022

  “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’” Today we focus upon a mystery—Mary’s part in Christ’s redemption of the world. This mystery can help us play our part in salvation history.…

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2022

  “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” The Church today celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Briefly, the origin of this feast is this: Early in the fourth…

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Memorial of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

September 13, 2022

  “Now you are Christ’s Body, and individually parts of it.” As we work and live side-by-side with one another, this first reading from First Corinthians today has a helpful word for us. I don’t have to be everything, do everything, or know everything in the community. I just have to be faithful to my…

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Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

September 12, 2022

  “Proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes again.” Every now and then one comes across someone, who is not of our own, who disarms our smugness as a believer. The centurion in today’s Gospel is such an example. Such a disarming experience need not alarm our faith. It should, rather, arm our…

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 11, 2022

  This is a story about forgiveness. It is also a theology of God—God in relationship to us, very close to us. Forgiveness is a way of tremendous creative power, for the one giving and the one receiving. It is a Godly ability: human in its need and expression, Godly in its power to transform…

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Saturday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

September 10, 2022

  Today’s Gospel is from the conclusion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. If we look back over the whole sermon (see Luke 6:20-49), which we heard this week, what might we gain from such a spiritual treatise? There is no other teaching quite like it. The kingdom of God values the opposite of what…

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Memorial of St. Peter Claver, priest

September 9, 2022

  Today the Church commemorates a Spanish missionary who is known for his ministry to Africans as they arrived in slave ships on the shores of Cartagena in 17th century Colombia. For nearly 40 years, Pedro Claver, “slave of the slaves forever,” as he called himself, cared for their bodily and spiritual needs. It is…

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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2022

  Today the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary, the wife of Joseph and the mother of Jesus. Her birth is not recounted in Sacred Scripture, but the circumstances of her marriage to Joseph and of the birth of her son are (in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2). From these sacred stories and from the…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

September 7, 2022

  If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! (1 Corinthians 9:16). Let me be honest. I feel unworthy to preach, and even to write these reflections: underqualified, immature in the faith,…

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Tuesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

September 6, 2022

  That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God (1 Cor 6:11). What could I say about being called and justified? These apostles were called by…

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Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

September 5, 2022

  On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught (Luke 6:6a). Let us go in with him. Let us hear what he has to say. Yet, today it is not so much what he says but what he does that is the lesson. Who is there in the synagogue? There was a…

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 4, 2022

  Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? (Wisdom 9:13). The first reading is from the Book of Wisdom, which sounds pretentious—until you start reading it from the beginning. It is certainly inspired. It was composed in Greek about 50 years before the birth of Christ, most likely by…

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Memorial of St. Gregory the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Chuch

September 3, 2022

  Today’s reading from First Corinthians shows us another side of St. Paul. He has faced opposition from certain factions in the community. The city of Corinth didn’t have the best reputation. Unfortunately, some members of the Christian community needed to be reprimanded. St. Paul uses a good bit of irony throughout the passage. First,…

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Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

September 2, 2022

  In the initial verses of chapter 4, St. Paul informs the Corinthians how they should consider him. He uses two expressions: servant and steward. Paul wants to be considered first of all as a servant of Christ. This is a theme straight out of the Gospel. When some of the apostles expressed their desire…

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Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

September 1, 2022

  Every time I hear or read this Gospel passage from Luke, chapter 5, I think of St. John Paul II. It was a favorite passage of his. He referred to it frequently. The most famous time he did this was in January 2001. The Church, under his leadership, had just celebrated the Great Jubilee…

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Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

August 31, 2022

  Even though at the end of yesterday’s reading, St. Paul affirmed that the Corinthians and he could say, “We have the mind of Christ,” in today’s reading, he expresses a much more negative opinion about his fellow Christians in Corinth. He says that they are “fleshly” and are only “babies” in the faith, who…

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Tuesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

August 30, 2022

  In both of our readings today, there is much talk about “spirit.” In the Gospel, St. Luke presents Jesus entering a synagogue. This was the practice of Jesus. Recall the famous passage where Jesus opens the scroll containing the prophecy recorded in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. He reads, “The spirit of the…

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Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist

August 29, 2022

  Today we observe the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. Since it is a “Memorial,” and not a “Feast,” our first reading comes from Monday of the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time. Last Thursday, the Lectionary began readings from the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. This entire week,…

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2022

  Both the first reading and the Gospel speak about humility. The first reading, from the Book of Sirach, is typical of the other books of wisdom, containing advice about human behavior. How should one conduct oneself? The wise person has a realistic picture of oneself and one’s world. Don’t think of yourself as more…

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Memorial of St. Monica

August 27, 2022

  Today’s parable from the Gospel speaks of burying talents. A talent was a sum of money in Jesus’ time. This story is familiar to most of us. Two of the three servants multiply their talents, and the last servant buries his talent. Then he returns it to the master upon his return. The master…

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Friday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

August 26, 2022

  What is the message of the cross? St. Paul writes that it is “the power of God” for us who are being saved. The cross was the instrument of Jesus’ passion and death. After the Resurrection, it became the symbol of everlasting life for us who follow Christ. Now, we need to be painfully…

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Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

August 25, 2022

  “Stay awake.” How is it that we fall asleep? How do we lose our focus in life and get lost in the mix of things? That is our nature, unfortunately. People are inconsistent, unfocused, and lost. Humanity will continually lose sight of its destiny, blessed adoption by God. Thus we are called to stay…

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