Reflection Date: 
11/07/2012

Scripture:

Philippians 2:12-18
Luke 14:25-33

Reflection:

Looks can be deceiving, Take for instance, Fr. Randal Joyce, C.P. On the outside, he looks like the perfect monk, quiet, reflective and obedient to his superiors. He even looked that way in the 60’s when I first met him. He was my first spiritual director. That’s when I learned what he was really like though. He gave me subversive books to read that modern day terrorists could learn from, about people who changed their worlds.

Reflection Date: 
11/06/2012

Scripture:

Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 14:15-24

Reflection:

"It’s too good to be true." That is what we think when we are informed that we have received a free gift from a telephone call, a letter in the mail or an invitation on the internet. "Nothing is free in this life," we tell ourselves. This is normally a smart and safe reaction. The Gospel reading today, though, reminds us that there can be an offer that is too good to be true and is also trustworthy.

Reflection Date: 
11/05/2012

Scripture:
Philippians 2:1-4
Luke 14:12-14

Reflection:
"Complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love," Paul writes.  Have you noticed how much joy can be participated in merely by staying in God’s will?  Paul takes it a step farther.  Somehow, as other people do this, he finds joy. 

Reflection Date: 
11/04/2012

Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Hebrews 7:23-28
Mark 12:28b-34

Reflection:

All-Inclusive Love

The scribe in today’s Gospel selection puts an interesting question to Jesus:  Which is the 1st of the commandments?  No doubt the scribe knew the many regulations in the Hebrew Scriptures, some 613 distinct commandments; the scribe was truly seeking insight and direction by asking which commandment is the greatest.

Reflection Date: 
11/03/2012

Scripture:

Philippians 1:18b-26
Luke 14:1, 7-11

Reflection:

"The one who humbles oneself shall be exalted." In this Word, I intend that I will pay attention to those who are wanting to get through to me.

"Listen, please."

Reflection Date: 
11/02/2012

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

Scripture:

Wisdom 3:1-9
Romans 5:5-11 or 6:3-9
John 6:37-40

  

  

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
11/01/2012

Scripture:      

Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14   
1 John 3:1-3
Matthew 5:1-12a

Reflection:

Today is a feast that we can all rejoice in - All Saints Day, the feast of all those now with the Lord in eternal life and happiness.   

Reflection Date: 
10/31/2012

Scripture:

1 Ephesians 6:1-9
Luke 13:22-30

Reflection:

"Strive to enter through the narrow gate."

Jesus is walking with a crowd of people. Someone asks; "Lord, will those who are saved be few?"  Jesus doesn’t answer the person’s question. Instead, he says, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."

Reflection Date: 
10/30/2012

Scripture:
Ephesians 5:21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32
Luke 13:18-21

Reflection:
A mustard seed is just a little thing.  But it can grow into a large shrub where the birds of the air build their nests.   A thought is a small thing, like a mustard seed.  But a small thought can lead to something very big. 

Reflection Date: 
10/28/2012

Scripture:

Jeremiah 31: 7:9
Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52

Reflection: