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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 8

Posted by Ray Lodato

We hear in today’s gospel that Jesus returned to his home town but he did not receive a warm reception. In fact, people questioned his authority and were unwilling to believe his teaching. St. Paul also refers to the trials and hardships he encountered in his preaching. Despite the ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 1

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s gospel we hear of two people who approach Jesus for healing. However, they both turned to Jesus for healing as a last resort. There are people in our parish community who for a variety of reasons hesitate to go to Jesus in their need. Is there someone ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist ~ June 24

Posted by Ray Lodato

From his birth, John the Baptist was “a light to the nations” and one who grew strong in God’s spirit. While John knew he was not the messiah, he also knew that his role was to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of Christ. In what ways are you, ... Read More »

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 17

Posted by Ray Lodato

This parable about the mustard seed is a reminder to us about our role in the work of evangelization. “The smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants.” Many shy away from sharing their faith ... Read More »

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 10

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s scriptures remind us that even when we try to hide from God because of our failings and sinfulness, God is present extending healing and forgiveness. Being open and responsive to that grace, we then are “mother, sister and brother” of Jesus. Take a few moments today to pray ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ~ June 3

Posted by Ray Lodato

This weekend we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi – the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is central to our life of faith and the precious gift given to us by Jesus. At the Passover meal of the Last Supper, Jesus took the bread; blessed it, broke ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity ~ May 27

Posted by Ray Lodato

As we listen at Mass this week, the message in the scriptures is clear. We have been commissioned, right along with the disciples. Go. Baptize. Teach. All strong imperatives. Equally important – perhaps even more important – is the last line: “…. I am with you always, until the ... Read More »

Pentecost ~ May 20

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.” The disciples caught that fire and went forth speaking about the wondrous things God had done. What are some of the wonderful things God has done for you? Pray that the ... Read More »