Reflections on the Word: Saturday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time – October 3, 2020

In today’s first reading, the saga of the Job from the Old Testament comes to a close. Having endured great suffering and ridicule from his friends, he has encountered the living God face-to-face and finds God affirming him. Job dared to question God, but did so in faith. That faith – even in the midst of unimaginable sorrow – allowed him a glimpse of God’s bigger plan.

Reflections on the Word: Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist – August 29, 2020

God chooses those we don’t think about to be sources of wisdom. God chooses people who we overlook  to do what is right.  God isn’t on “both sides” – God is on the side of right and of justice and reduces to nothing those who think they’re the greatest – even frightened puppet kings like Herod. Because, genuine Christians know that only God is great.

Reflection on the Word: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, 2020

It is both because of Mary’s place in God’s plan, and her courageous, humble and compassionate response, that we honor her, as the Preface of the Eucharistic Prayer at today’s liturgy says so well … “as the beginning and image of God’s church coming to perfection, and sign of sure hope and comfort to God’s pilgrim people….”

Reflections on the Word: Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time – August 8, 2020

In the first reading, God tells the prophet Habbakuk, you may not see it right away, but justice is coming! And in the Gospel, Jesus reminds his disciples and us that the faith we need to bring the vision to reality is miniscule – a tiny mustard seed. With one seed of faith, we can create a whole new landscape.

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