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Reflections

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 9, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Believing as St. Paul says, “You are in the Spirit” gives us the impetus to speak to others of the importance of Christ’s presence in our lives. Being disciples of Christ and doing the work of evangelization takes time and energy, so we take comfort in the words Jesus ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 2, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

The story of Elisha, in today’s first reading, is a reminder of the importance of hospitality. Hospitality involves openness to what friends and strangers bring to us. It implies attentiveness to the other and the needs of the other. As we consider the ministry of hospitality, we are called ... Read More »

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 25, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

As we move into the rhythm of day to day life, it can be a challenge to hold fast to the beautiful promise of Christ’s presence with us. We need to remember the consolation, the comfort, the hope and joy that we heard throughout the Easter Season. Pray for ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Solemnity ~ June 18, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus’ promise to be with us always is fulfilled in the Eucharist. His words in today’s gospel are testimony of this promise - Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him (her). Each time we receive Holy Communion, Christ comes to us. ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter ~ May 21, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Evangelization means bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ into every human situation. The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. This means that we need to take our discipleship seriously. We need to grow in our ability to speak to ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Easter ~ May 14, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus makes it abundantly clear in today’s Gospel that our destiny is heaven! “In my Father’s house there are many dwellings…I am going to prepare a place for you so that where I am you also may be.” In the busyness of life, we often lose sight, get waylaid ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter ~ May 7, 2017

Posted by Ray Lodato

“The Shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

These words from today’s Gospel hold both comfort and challenge! Can we hear Jesus calling us by our name? Are we willing to respond to what Christ asks of us? We are not asked to “go it ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent ~ December 18, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

"She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus." Joseph heard these prophetic words in a dream. They were words of anticipation, of what was to come. And in a sense, they ushered in a kind of Advent for Joseph. With this divine message, Joseph began ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 14, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

"From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three." What a sad image Jesus paints in today's Gospel. Causing family strife - fathers against sons and mothers against daughters - is not the effect we like to imagine Jesus having on ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 31, 2016

Posted by Ray Lodato

"Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." This isn't a message that gets much advertising. On the contrary, just about every advertised message we hear comes from someone who wants to make money by selling us ... Read More »