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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

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 »