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Reflections

Reflections

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 17, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Forgiveness – even the first disciples found it hard to be forgiving of others. When they asked, perhaps in frustration, how many times they were to be forgiving, Jesus does not soften his response. Rather he multiplies the number of times they are to be forgiving saying “not seven ... Read More »

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 10, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” These words are hope-filled words but they are also challenging. We know Christ is present when we are gathered for Eucharist. We believe he is present when we are with friends ... Read More »

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 3, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

St. Paul puts a very strong challenge before us in today’s second reading, “Do not conform yourselves to this age…” It is so easy to be seduced into thinking that material things will satisfy the longings in our hearts. The Scriptures today remind us that when we follow the ... Read More »

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 27, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel is so familiar that it may be easy to just let Jesus’ question go quickly by without taking the time to answer him - “Who do you say that I am?” Do you respond with the conviction of Peter – “You are the Christ, the Son of ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 20, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Take a moment and look around you at Mass today. Are there people there whom you have never met? or come from a different culture? Today’s scripture make it clear that the message of God’s love is not to be squandered and kept to ourselves – it is for ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 13, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

The reading from the first Book of Kings recounts the prophet Elijah’s encounter with God. Much to his surprise, God did not come to him in the wind or the earthquake, rather God came in a tiny whispering sound. In the Gospel we hear that even Jesus needed to ... Read More »

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord ~ August 6, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Summertime often affords us the opportunity to take a break from busy schedules and spend time in favorite spots at the seashore, or at a campground or maybe even in a special spot in the city. Those special times and places may well be moments when we witness the ... Read More »

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 30, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s readings challenge us to ponder the motives of our words and actions. In our first reading, God assures Solomon that anything he might ask will be granted. He doesn’t ask for anything that is just for himself or anything fleeting. Instead, Solomon asks God for an understanding or ... Read More »

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 23, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

“The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings.” These words from St. Paul give us great consolation, especially when we feel distracted or unable to pray. As we take time ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 16, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

How appropriate the scriptures for this weekend! For the gardeners among us, seeds that were sown weeks ago are beginning to bear fruit. We look forward to the produce that will come. Each week at Mass, God’s word, as seed, is sown in our hearts. Is there a word ... Read More »