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Reflections

Reflections

January 13 ~ The Baptism of the Lord

Posted by Ray Lodato

Our gospel today recounts the story of Jesus’ baptism and the important words spoken by God about Jesus, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Imagine God saying these words to you, “You are my beloved. with you I am well pleased.” Take some time ... Read More »

January 6 ~ The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s readings give us beautiful imagery along with the familiar story of the Magi. A line in the gospel that could be easily missed comes at the end of the Gospel: “they departed for their country by another way.” We might assume that because of their encounter with Christ, ... Read More »

December 30 ~ Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Posted by Ray Lodato

Every parent of a teenager can relate to this Gospel. The 12-year -old Jesus is a bit surprised about his parents’ concern. Upon returning to Nazareth, he “was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and ... Read More »

December 23 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ray Lodato

The gospel today presents the beautiful story of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. This reading gives us much to ponder – Mary’s generosity to her older cousin; Elizabeth’s acknowledgement of Mary’s yes to God, and her admiration of Mary’s belief in God’s promises. In your prayer, ask for ... Read More »

December 16 ~ Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Shout for joy.” “Sing joyfully.” “Be glad and exult with all your heart.” “Rejoice, in the Lord always.” The message this week is clear, joy must be a sign of our life in Christ. We need to bring the light of Christ to these dark December days and speak ... Read More »

December 9 ~ Second Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Prepare the way of the Lord.” This is where Advent calls us to put our focus. It can happen though that preparing for the coming of Christ gets overwhelmed by what our culture tells us Christmas should look like. St. Paul reminds us in the second reading that God ... Read More »

December 2 ~ First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Ray Lodato

The readings for this first Sunday of Advent stress the importance of having a strong and committed relationship with Jesus Christ. When stress and tensions arise, or we feel weighed down and discouragement sets in, these readings remind us to remain hopeful. They tell us again that we have ... Read More »

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ~ November 25

Posted by Ray Lodato

Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" A question we need to ask ourselves today is, “Is Jesus my King? Do I live with Jesus at the center of my life? Here are some suggestions that will help answer the question? When am I going ... Read More »

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 18

Posted by Ray Lodato

We are nearing the end of the Liturgical Year when the readings call us to think about the ‘end times’. Even though we don’t know when death will come, it is not a time to be comfortable and complacent because "of that day or hour, no one knows, neither ... Read More »

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 »