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."

Reflection Date: 
11/22/2012

  

Celebration of Thanksgiving
in the United States 

Scripture:

Sirach 50:22-24
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Luke 17:11-19

  

Reflection:

Thanksgiving Day, 2012, what am I thankful for?
I’m thankful for the gift of faith, for love and so much more. . .

I’m thankful for a husband, who loves me oh so much;
For food and shelter, light and warmth, for sight and sound and touch!

Reflection Date: 
11/21/2012

The Presentation of Mary

Scripture:

Zecariah 2:14-17
Luke 11:27-28

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
11/20/2012

Scripture:

Revelations 3: 1-6, 14-22
Luke 19: 1-10

Reflection:

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me."

  

Reflection Date: 
11/19/2012

Scripture:

Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Luke 18:35-43

Reflection:

Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see." Luke 18:42