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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ February 4

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel recounts “a day in the life” of Jesus. We are told he visited the home of Peter, where Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in -law. While there, word spread of his presence and so the whole town came to the door bringing those who were sick with various diseases, ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 28

Posted by Ray Lodato

Mark makes clear in today’s Gospel that Jesus spoke with a different kind of authority, unlike the Scribes of his day. Jesus taught with a certainty that spoke to them of God. To hear someone speak like this was like a breeze from heaven. Jesus’ words, his deeds and ... Read More »