Reflection Date: 
12/04/2012

  

Scripture:

Isaiah 11:1-10
Luke 10:21-24

  

  

  

Reflection:

Advent  Openness

Reflection Date: 
12/02/2012

First Sunday of Advent

Scripture:

Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

  

  

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
12/07/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 29:17-24
Matthew 9:27-31

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
12/05/2012

Scripture:

Isaiah 25:6-10a
Matthew 15:29-37

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
12/01/2012

Scripture:
Revelation 22:1-7
Luke 21:34-36   

Reflection:
Today is the last day of the liturgical year.  Tomorrow we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent, the season to prepare for the entry of God’s own Son into our human life.  Tomorrow we celebrate the beginning of a new church year.

Reflection Date: 
11/30/2012

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Scripture:

Romans 10:9-18
Matthew 4:18-22

Reflection:

In 1972 I was assigned to be an associate pastor at a very large parish in Chicago.  I was young and it was a challenging assignment.  Right from the start I was very busy celebrating Masses, doing weddings, funerals, baptisms, preaching, visiting the sick, counseling, etc.  It was a lot of work and I thought I was doing it all pretty well.

Reflection Date: 
11/29/2012

Scripture:
Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a
Luke 21:20-28

Reflection:
Today’s readings are not easy subjects for our reflection.  The interpretation of these readings from Revelation and Luke can require a scholarly knowledge of scripture.  I prefer the simple approach.

Reflection Date: 
11/28/2012

Scripture:

Revelation 15:1-4
Luke 21:12-19

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
11/26/2012

Scripture:

Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5
Luke 21:1-4

Reflection:

I admit that today’s gospel story of the widow’s offering of two small coins is a real challenge for a fundraiser like me.  We always say that every gift counts and we are grateful for gifts of every amount.  And we mean it.  But, the fact is those larger gifts do matter and help enormously in meeting urgent and important needs.  

But today’s story is not about the coins.  It’s about the heart.  

Reflection Date: 
11/23/2012

Scripture:

Revelation 10:8-11
Luke 19:45-48

Reflection:

In our Gospel reading for today, after Jesus has entered Jerusalem, He goes to the Temple. And He proceeds to drive out all those who are selling things. He also begins to teach every day in the Temple area. And Luke tells us that while he is doing this, the leaders of the people are seeking to put Him to death, "but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on to his words."