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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 2

Posted by Ray Lodato

In our second reading today Saint James reminds us, “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” The message is clear – we must take the word to heart ... Read More »

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 26

Posted by Ray Lodato

Some who heard Jesus’ teaching returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. The demands of being a follower of Christ were too much for them. When you are tired and being a disciple of Jesus feels too hard, how will you respond to the ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 19

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus’ teaching about the Bread of Life continues in today’s gospel. It is a teaching we need to hear over and over. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” Jesus is inviting us to receive his body and blood at Mass in Holy Communion. Savor ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 12

Posted by Ray Lodato

Elijah was ready to give up, “This is enough O Lord. Take my life…”, but God would hear none of it: “Get up and eat…” In the beautiful Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that He is the Bread of Life “… whoever eats ... Read More »

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 5

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Israelites in today’s scripture are grumbling and complaining to God. There are many things people find to grumble about – the weather, the news, even Pastoral Planning. Just as God sent manna to feed the Israelites, He sent His Son Jesus to save us and feed us always. ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 29

Posted by Ray Lodato

“There will be plenty for all” these words come from our first reading today and are reiterated in the gospel story of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Our God is generous beyond our expectations! These readings remind us of God’s generosity, his providence and loving care, especially ... Read More »

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 22

Posted by Ray Lodato

The disciples return to tell Jesus about the work he had sent them to do. Take a few moments today to look back over the past week to those times when you, like the disciples, did works of charity or mercy. Offer a prayer of gratitude to God for ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 15

Posted by Ray Lodato

Listen to the instruction Jesus gives his disciples in the gospel! They went out with confidence to preach as Jesus directed. Those instructions are meant for us, his current day disciples. Let us take seriously the fact that we are sent to bring “good news.” Rely on the words ... Read More »