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Reflections

Reflections

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 11

Posted by Ray Lodato

We have two different stories of widows who gave everything they had. When Jesus spoke about the widow at the treasury, he said “she contributed all she had..." Time, talent, and treasure are pillars of stewardship. Do you use your time to help others? Do you put your talent ... Read More »

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 4

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s readings leave us with a clear message as to the commandments of God. “Love God with all your heart, soul and strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” In the first reading Moses is speaking and, in the Gospel, it is Jesus who is speaking. As disciples of ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 28

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “What do you want me to do for you?" The answer seems obvious and the question unnecessary. But it really is a great question and one Jesus is asking you today. Bartimaeus asked for sight, believing that Jesus would heal him. What do you want Jesus ... Read More »

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 21

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel gives us a glimpse at real life among the disciples as they jockey for places of honor in the kingdom of God. Jesus is quick to point out that being his follower isn’t about looking for notoriety and special treatment, but rather it means being a servant ... Read More »

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 14

Posted by Ray Lodato

The rich young man in today’s gospel is like many of us. He knows about his faith and its teachings but finds it difficult to let go of those things that stand in the way of being fully committed to following Jesus. What are those things in your life ... Read More »

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 7

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Gospel acclamation in today’s liturgy sums up the scriptures and gives us a clear path as to how we are to live our lives. “If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is brought to perfection in us.” Whether married or single, young or ... Read More »

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 30

Posted by Ray Lodato

Strong words in today’s Gospel: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” We have a huge responsibility to give good example ... Read More »

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 23

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s reading, James exhorts us as followers of Jesus, to possess the wisdom of God. He describes the fruit of that wisdom as peace, gentleness, sincerity and mercy. While jealousy and selfish ambition exist all around us, today’s readings remind us of the need to be witnesses of ... Read More »

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 16

Posted by Ray Lodato

In our Gospel today, Jesus asks this question: “Who do you say that I am?” “And Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ’”. Can you answer this question along with Peter and really mean it? Take some quiet time to reflect on your answer. If you really believe that Jesus ... Read More »

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 9

Posted by Ray Lodato

As disciples of Christ, we are urged to speak to family, friends and co-workers about Jesus. Sadly, many of us do not. Listen to Isaiah: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God….” Pray for courage to tell someone how Jesus has ... Read More »