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Reflections

Reflections

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) ~ March 11

Posted by Ray Lodato

Oftentimes at sports events, concerts and the like, we see people holding a sign “John 3:16.” Do we consider the truth of that text when we see it or do we see it as nonsense? This very text is presented to us in today’s Gospel. It is given to ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent ~ March 4

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel gives us a picture of Jesus that may make us uncomfortable. Jesus knew well the wrongs and injustices that were prevalent in some temple practices. Let us remember the wrath of Jesus against those who made it difficult, if not impossible, for people to be welcome in ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 25

Posted by Ray Lodato

The readings this week deserve to be read, and reread and pondered. “God put Abraham to the test.” Those sound like scary words. Think about it: God put (insert YOUR name) to the test. What might that test look like in your life? How are you tested? How do ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent ~ February 18

Posted by Ray Lodato

In today’s first reading we are given a beautiful reminder that every time we see a rainbow in the sky, God is reminding us of his covenant, his promise, to be with us. As we make our Lenten journey this year, we will encounter temptations to maintain the status ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ February 11

Posted by Ray Lodato

St. Paul speaks to us clearly and succinctly in the second reading today: “whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” Can you make that your prayer this week that in all things large and small, in your words and in your actions, your prayer will be ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ February 4

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel recounts “a day in the life” of Jesus. We are told he visited the home of Peter, where Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in -law. While there, word spread of his presence and so the whole town came to the door bringing those who were sick with various diseases, ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 28

Posted by Ray Lodato

Mark makes clear in today’s Gospel that Jesus spoke with a different kind of authority, unlike the Scribes of his day. Jesus taught with a certainty that spoke to them of God. To hear someone speak like this was like a breeze from heaven. Jesus’ words, his deeds and ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 21

Posted by Ray Lodato

Once again in today’s Gospel Jesus gives us reassurance that if we “come after him” that is, if we follow Him and come to friendship with Him, He will give us what we need to bring others to Christ. Too often we take the first step of coming to ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time ~ January 14

Posted by Ray Lodato

Today’s Gospel presents a “best practice” for us about the work of evangelization. In it we hear that Andrew, not only heard about Jesus, but he also stayed with him. Having been so moved by his encounter with Jesus, he went and told his brother Peter about Jesus and ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 7

Posted by Ray Lodato

In an age when we rely on a “GPS” or “Google Maps” or “Waze,” it is easy to find another route home. But the magi in today’s Gospel didn’t have this modern technology to rely on when they were told to return to their country “by another way.” The ... Read More »