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Reflections

Reflections

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 »

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 21

Posted by Ray Lodato

Once again in today’s Gospel Jesus gives us reassurance that if we “come after him” that is, if we follow Him and come to friendship with Him, He will give us what we need to bring others to Christ. Too often we take the first step of coming to ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 14

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel presents a “best practice” for us about the work of evangelization. In it we hear that Andrew, not only heard about Jesus, but he also stayed with him. Having been so moved by his encounter with Jesus, he went and told his brother Peter about Jesus and ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 7

Posted by Ray Lodato

In an age when we rely on a “GPS” or “Google Maps” or “Waze,” it is easy to find another route home. But the magi in today’s Gospel didn’t have this modern technology to rely on when they were told to return to their country “by another way.” The ... Read More »

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph ~ December 31

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s Gospel, Simeon and Anna make a startling prediction about Jesus and the life that awaits him. Mary and Joseph hold in their hearts all that they hear and remain faithful to all that God has asked of them as parents. In celebrating this feast we pray that ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 24

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel is the wonderful story of the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. Over the years we have seen many artistic renditions of the Annunciation story. Take a moment today, before the festivities of Christmas get underway, to pray with your favorite image of this story and ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent ~ Gaudete Sunday ~ December 17

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Scripture readings of this third week of Advent are filled with encouragement and joy. What words from Scripture caught your attention today? “The Spirit of God is upon me. ..” “Rejoice always.” “In all circumstances give thanks for this is the will of God for you.” “The one ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 10

Posted by Ray Lodato

The prophet Isaiah instructs us: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” This is what Advent is about and yet, it can be difficult to keep this focus when we are pulled in too many directions by the shopping and cooking and card writing that go with the season. Don’t ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent ~ December 3

Posted by Ray Lodato

Advent is a season of waiting. All of us are waiting for the coming of Christ and as the Gospel says, “You do not know when the Lord is coming.” Pray for the strength to follow Jesus, to keep Him in mind even though the incessant commercialism of the ... Read More »