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Reflections

Reflections

May 10 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ray Lodato

In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we are told that “the word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples. . . increased greatly.” Our task as Christ’s dis-ciples is to spread the word of God just as the disciples in the early Church ... Read More »

April 26 ~ The Third Sunday of Easter

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s gospel takes place on the Road to Emmaus, a road out of town. Two disciples very discouraged by Jesus’ death have an encounter with Christ that changed them forever. The passage is worth reading again – and again: “he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave ... Read More »

April 19 ~ The Second Sunday of Easter ~ Sunday of Divine Mercy

Posted by Ray Lodato

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, our scriptures give us clear instruction about how we are to live as disciples. In the reading from Acts, the author describes the disciples’ way of life: “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking ... Read More »

March 22 ~ The Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ Laetare Sunday

Posted by Ray Lodato

We are nearing the end of our Lenten journey. Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and the Gospel story of the man born blind talk about light and dark. We are back into Daylight Savings Time, with days being longer, but is the light of faith growing stronger in ... Read More »

March 15 ~ The Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Ray Lodato

We meet the Samaritan woman in today’s Gospel. Her conversation with Jesus put her on the ‘fast track’ to self-searching and repentance. Her conversation with Jesus transformed her into a great evangelizer: “Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him because of the word of ... Read More »

March 8 ~ The Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s gospel presents the familiar story of the transfiguration. Peter, James, and John were awe struck by the appearance of Jesus and by the words that the voice of God spoke: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." Listen to Him. This ... Read More »

March 1~ The First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus was like us in all things but sin. In today’s gospel, Jesus is tempted over and over but does not give in to the temptations. This first Sunday in Lent is a good time to look at our lives and to ask ourselves what tempts us away from ... Read More »

February 23 ~ Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s Gospel, Jesus makes clear how we are to live: turn the other cheek, hand over your cloak as well as your tunic, asked to walk a mile, walk two. All of this builds up to the hardest of all: LOVE YOUR ENEMIES and PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ... Read More »

February 16 ~ Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

It’s all about the Law this week. Sirach gives us great insight, “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;” The choice is ours to live by the law or not. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sets the bar high for us – it’s ... Read More »

February 9 ~ Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Ray Lodato

Winter’s darkness still enfolds us and so the theme of light and darkness in today’s readings is very apropos for us to ponder. In the first reading, Isaiah gives us an antidote, reminding us that performing works of mercy can bring light into the darkness. In the Gospel, “Jesus ... Read More »