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Reflections

Reflections

July 21 ~ Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

In the first reading, we hear that Abraham, saw three men standing nearby, “… he ran … to greet them” Not only did he greet them warmly, he provided water to bathe their feet, Sarah prepared a meal, and he “waited on them”. We call this Radical Hospitality, an ... Read More »

July 14 ~ Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

"… heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes …,” Moses reminds us that the commandments are readily accessible. In fact, he goes on to say they are “already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out." ... Read More »

July 7 ~ Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

"The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” We know all too well the reality of Jesus’ words from today’s gospel. The number of priests and lay leaders is at a crisis point. By ... Read More »

June 30 ~Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s gospel, Jesus says very clearly, “Follow me;” Those of us who gather each week at Mass probably consider ourselves followers of Jesus. But are we disciples? A disciple is a person who prays daily, recognizes the need for Confession, has put Christ at the center of her/his ... Read More »

June 23 ~ Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood (Corpus Christi)

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today we celebrate this great gift that Jesus gave us. He promised that He would be with us always, and He left us the sacrament of His Body and Blood. Do I stop and think how great this gift is? Do I consider, who I am receiving in this ... Read More »

June 16 ~ Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Most Holy Trinity is a Mystery of our faith, a mystery not to solve, but to believe in. Three Persons in One God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While we cannot fully understand this mystery, we can be confident that the Spirit will guide us to all ... Read More »

June 9 ~ Pentecost

Posted by Ray Lodato

It is Pentecost Sunday! The message in today’s scriptures is clear: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you…” “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues…” Now, we are called to proclaim the good news of salvation in words ... Read More »

June 2 ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s Gospel we hear part of Jesus’s final discourse to his Apostles. These are among the most touching and inspiring words of Scripture. Jesus speaks from his heart, giving instructions and encouragement to his closest friends. Directing his words to his Father, Jesus prays: “And I have given ... Read More »

May 26 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ray Lodato

In our first reading, we hear more about the growing pains of the early Church. The Apostles were doing something that had never been before, building a community of believers in Jesus Christ, Son of God. There were bound to be misunderstandings and differences of opinion. Even today, as ... Read More »

May 19 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ray Lodato

Paul and Barnabas tell the other disciples, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Even today, the Church experiences hardships. In today’s Gospel Jesus gives a simple command but one that can be hard to lie by: “…I give you a ... Read More »