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Reflections

Feast of Saints Joachim and Anna ~ July 26, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

July 26 is the feast of Joachim and Anna. Who are they and what do we know about them?

Joachim and Anna are the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus, yet there is absolutely no biblical reference to them whatsoever. So where do we get their names, and ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 17, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

"Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing." Martha was caught up in a whirlwind of her own making. She stressed herself out with all the tasks and chores she thought she had to do to host Jesus, but Jesus ... Read More »

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 10, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "He replied to him, 'You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.'" In today's Gospel a scholar questions Jesus about how to gain eternal life. In case anyone ever wonders whether heaven is within reach, one only needs to refer to this ... Read More »

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 3, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." Can we be counted among the laborers? Are we ready and willing to work for the sake of our faith, or are we looking for the ... Read More »

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him..." The first line of today's Gospel presents a strange image. Jesus was both by himself and with others. He was somehow experiencing the solitude of personal prayer, but was also close enough ... Read More »

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her."

          A survey of the Gospels reveals many ways in which Jesus upheld the dignity of women. In a culture where women were considered second-class citizens, Jesus was ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets." Today's Gospel shows us that Jesus wants to do more than satisfy our needs. He wants to give us an experience of fullness and abundance. He not only miraculously fed the ... Read More »

He is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Posted by Ray Lodato

          As We Believe, So We Must Live

          Our day of rejoicing has come! Jesus has triumphed over sin and death and brought salvation to the whole world. These past 40 days of Lent and the mysteries of Holy Week ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "Pilate addressed them a third time, 'What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime.'" The Palm Sunday Gospel readings present a sad picture of grown-ups who succumb to peer pressure. Three times, Pilate proclaimed that Jesus was not ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

          "Then Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.'" To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus was literally a savior. She was about to suffer the death penalty, according to the law of Moses, but the ... Read More »