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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Third Sunday of Lent ~ March 4

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel gives us a picture of Jesus that may make us uncomfortable. Jesus knew well the wrongs and injustices that were prevalent in some temple practices. Let us remember the wrath of Jesus against those who made it difficult, if not impossible, for people to be welcome in ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 25

Posted by Ray Lodato

The readings this week deserve to be read, and reread and pondered. “God put Abraham to the test.” Those sound like scary words. Think about it: God put (insert YOUR name) to the test. What might that test look like in your life? How are you tested? How do ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent ~ February 18

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s first reading we are given a beautiful reminder that every time we see a rainbow in the sky, God is reminding us of his covenant, his promise, to be with us. As we make our Lenten journey this year, we will encounter temptations to maintain the status ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ February 11

Posted by Ray Lodato

St. Paul speaks to us clearly and succinctly in the second reading today: “whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” Can you make that your prayer this week that in all things large and small, in your words and in your actions, your prayer will be ... Read More »