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Reflections

Reflections

November 17 ~ Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

As the Liturgical Year draws to a close, the readings have a dark, somewhat frightening tenor about them. But Jesus offers hope, even amid predictions of “…powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place” and yes, persecution too. This gospel reminds us to pray for victims of natural ... Read More »

November 10 ~ Thirty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians can be our pray, “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.” As people of faith, as disciples, we must bring the Word of God into all aspects of our lives with our families, with ... Read More »

November 3 ~ Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

There is a simple lesson not to be missed in today’s gospel. You don’t have to be rich or poor, have a high-powered job or are looking for a job for Jesus to come to your house. All that is required is that you open your heart to Him. ... Read More »

October 27 ~ Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Pharisee in today’s gospel did not really go to pray; he went to inform God how good he was. The tax collector on the other hand prayed with humility, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” This parable tells us important things about prayer. When praying, don’t ... Read More »

October 20 ~ Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

“Remain faithful to what you have learned and believed... proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient”. Paul makes it very clear that the scriptures we hear are God’s inspired word for us. Therefore, when we pray with the Scriptures, we can be confident that God ... Read More »

October 13 ~ Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

A holiday weekend in New England is, of itself, a good reason to give thanks. Think beyond this colorful world God gives us. Recall those times when God carried you through a difficult time of sickness, death of a loved one, employment concerns, or even just a difficult day. ... Read More »

October 6th ~ Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds us of our responsibility as disciples saying, “Stir into a flame the gift of God that you have…” When we feel that we do not have the courage to speak about Christ to others, Paul also reminds us that “God did not ... Read More »

September 29 ~ Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Rich Man in today’s gospel never noticed Lazarus. Instead, he accepted him as part of the landscape thinking it perfectly natural and inevitable that Lazarus should lie in pain and hunger while he lived luxuriously. The sin of the Rich Man was that he looked on the world's ... Read More »

September 29 Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Rich Man in today’s gospel never noticed Lazarus. Instead, he accepted him as part of the landscape thinking it perfectly natural and inevitable that Lazarus should lie in pain and hunger while he lived luxuriously. The sin of the Rich Man was that he looked on the world's ... Read More »

September 22 ~ Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

St. Timothy urges that “…supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life.” Who among us doesn’t need to be reminded to be faithful to prayer and to rely on Christ our savior? ... Read More »