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Reflections

Reflections

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 12

Posted by Ray Lodato

The parable in today’s gospel points out the tragedy of unpreparedness. It can be so easy to let our spiritual lives take a back seat to all the pressures in daily life. It is not that we don’t want to pray or go to Confession, or attend Mass. We ... Read More »

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 5

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Scribes and Pharisees made religion all about observing thousands upon thousands of rules and regulations. Jesus scolds the Scribes and Pharisees in today’s gospel for making religion an intolerable burden and warns against following their example. He wants our faith to lift us up not weigh us down. ... Read More »

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 29

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus doesn’t mince words in today’s gospel. “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments” - love God with your whole being and love your neighbor as yourself. There is no wiggle room in how we are to behave and how we are to treat one ... Read More »

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 22

Posted by Ray Lodato

St. Paul writes of his gratitude for the community at Thessalonica in the second reading today. He offers a prayer of thanksgiving for them remembering their works of faith and labors of love. His words of encouragement kept the community engaged in the work of promoting the faith and ... Read More »

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 15

Posted by Ray Lodato

The readings today remind us of the generosity of God who provides for us “a feast of rich food…” We are so fortunate to be able to gather at the table of the Lord to receive the Body of Christ in Holy Communion. This simple but rich food nourishes ... Read More »

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 8

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” These words from today’s scripture are once again words of encouragement and comfort. We know what it is like to rely on God and to place before him all ... Read More »

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 1

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians gives strong encouragement to the disciples of his day: “Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.” And what was the attitude of Christ? It is that Jesus was humble, obedient to God’s will and ... Read More »

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 24

Posted by Ray Lodato

The parable in today’s gospel has many explanations. In it Jesus presents a lesson for his first disciples as well as for his disciples today. It is almost as if he is saying, “Everyone, no matter when they come to the faith, is equally precious to God." As Christ’s ... Read More »

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 »