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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ May 13

Posted by Ray Lodato

Listen closely to today’s gospel. It is as if we are eavesdropping on Jesus at prayer. Take note, he is praying for us! He is asking God to protect us, to keep us from the evil one and to be consecrated in the truth. We can be confident that ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ May 6

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Scriptures give us a message that is loud and clear: “Let us love one another...” and “This is my commandment, love one another.” The love that we share is not our own, but rather it is the love God has for us. Love is a powerful means of ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ April 29

Posted by Ray Lodato

Did you hear the words of today’s gospel? “Whoever remains in Me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without Me you can do nothing.” What a consolation to have Jesus guiding and companioning us. With Him, we have the ability to be His disciples. During this ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ April 22

Posted by Ray Lodato

“I am the good shepherd, I know mine and mine know me.” These words from today’s Gospel hold both comfort and challenge! Are we willing to respond to what Christ asks of us? We are not asked to “go it alone.” We have the promise of Christ’s presence as ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Easter ~ April 15

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus asks the disciples in today’s gospel, and he asks us, "Why are you troubled?” We may want to respond, “Don’t you see the terrible things happening in our world?” Jesus responds to his disciples of every age, that suffering and hardship did not destroy him, nor will it ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter – Sunday of Divine Mercy ~ April 8

Posted by Ray Lodato

The scriptures today call us to imitate the disciples in bearing witness to the Resurrection of Christ. In the gospel we hear of Thomas’ move from doubt to faith. It is a journey many of us have experienced and so with Thomas we can exclaim, “My Lord, and my ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion ~ March 25

Posted by Ray Lodato

Even though we know how today’s scripture ends, can we listen and ponder as if we are hearing it for the first time? “…at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ March 18

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus presents us with an amazing paradox in today’s Gospel. He is telling us that only by death comes life; only by spending our life do we preserve it; and only by service will come greatness. In this Gospel, Jesus calls us to live in a way that goes ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) ~ March 11

Posted by Ray Lodato

Oftentimes at sports events, concerts and the like, we see people holding a sign “John 3:16.” Do we consider the truth of that text when we see it or do we see it as nonsense? This very text is presented to us in today’s Gospel. It is given to ... Read More »