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Reflections

Reflections

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 14

Posted by Ray Lodato

The rich young man in today’s gospel is like many of us. He knows about his faith and its teachings but finds it difficult to let go of those things that stand in the way of being fully committed to following Jesus. What are those things in your life ... Read More »

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 7

Posted by Ray Lodato

The Gospel acclamation in today’s liturgy sums up the scriptures and gives us a clear path as to how we are to live our lives. “If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is brought to perfection in us.” Whether married or single, young or ... Read More »

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 30

Posted by Ray Lodato

Strong words in today’s Gospel: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” We have a huge responsibility to give good example ... Read More »

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 23

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s reading, James exhorts us as followers of Jesus, to possess the wisdom of God. He describes the fruit of that wisdom as peace, gentleness, sincerity and mercy. While jealousy and selfish ambition exist all around us, today’s readings remind us of the need to be witnesses of ... Read More »

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 16

Posted by Ray Lodato

In our Gospel today, Jesus asks this question: “Who do you say that I am?” “And Peter answered, ‘You are the Christ’”. Can you answer this question along with Peter and really mean it? Take some quiet time to reflect on your answer. If you really believe that Jesus ... Read More »

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 9

Posted by Ray Lodato

As disciples of Christ, we are urged to speak to family, friends and co-workers about Jesus. Sadly, many of us do not. Listen to Isaiah: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God….” Pray for courage to tell someone how Jesus has ... Read More »

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 2

Posted by Ray Lodato

In our second reading today Saint James reminds us, “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” The message is clear – we must take the word to heart ... Read More »

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 26

Posted by Ray Lodato

Some who heard Jesus’ teaching returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. The demands of being a follower of Christ were too much for them. When you are tired and being a disciple of Jesus feels too hard, how will you respond to the ... Read More »

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 19

Posted by Ray Lodato

Jesus’ teaching about the Bread of Life continues in today’s gospel. It is a teaching we need to hear over and over. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” Jesus is inviting us to receive his body and blood at Mass in Holy Communion. Savor ... Read More »

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 12

Posted by Ray Lodato

Elijah was ready to give up, “This is enough O Lord. Take my life…”, but God would hear none of it: “Get up and eat…” In the beautiful Bread of Life discourse in the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that He is the Bread of Life “… whoever eats ... Read More »