Reflection Date: 
07/11/2012

Scripture:

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Matthew 10:1-7

Reflection:

Called to Mission

Reflection Date: 
07/10/2012

Scripture:
Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13
Matthew 9:32-38

Reflection:
Humans have created and worshipped idols from the time of antiquity. Today, you do not walk into a Catholic Church and see golden images that people worship as gods. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean we don’t still worship idols.

Reflection Date: 
07/09/2012

  

Scripture:

Hosea 2:16, 17b-18, 21-22
Matthew 9:18-26

  

  

  

Reflection:

Don’t Forget the Honeymoon

Recently I recommended a book to over a thousand people. I should have read it first! Oops. I would like to talk about honeymoons. Sure enough, I’ve never had the joy of being on one. But here a few things I heard from friends.

Reflection Date: 
07/08/2012

Scripture:

Ezekiel 2:2-5
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Mark 6:1-6a

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
07/07/2012

Scripture:

Amos 9:11-15
Matthew 9:14-17

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
07/06/2012

Scripture:

Amos 8:4-6, 9-12
Matthew 9:9-13

Reflection:

We all receive invitations to dinner parties. Sometimes these invitations come from people we know, like family or friends. Sometimes the invitations come from someone we don’t know very well, like an invitation to a fund raiser. Maybe it’s an invitation that is part of a raffle: All we have to do is send in our fifty dollars for a raffle ticket for a chance to have dinner with the pastor or the retreat director or the bishop!

Reflection Date: 
07/05/2012

Scripture:

Amos 7:10-17
Matthew 9:1-8

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
07/04/2012

Scripture:

Amos 5:14-15,21-24
Mathew 8:28-34

(optional readings for Independence Day):

Isaiah 57:15-19
Philippians 4:6-9
John 14:23-29

  

Reflection:

Celebrating United States Independence Day 

Reflection Date: 
07/03/2012

Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle

Scripture:

Ephesians 2:19-22
John 20:24-29

Reflection:

The Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle - Some questions to take to prayer. Does God actively pursue me? Do I ever sense that God is "drawing" me into a situation, where I can be of service? Is there a grace or gift which God reminds me of that is for others? Do I ever feel "zeal" about carrying out a task?

Reflection Date: 
07/02/2012

Scripture:

Amos 2:6-10, 13-16
Matthew 8:18-22

Reflection:

Today’s gospel selection is very brief.  In the context of Matthew’s narrative, Jesus is establishing his credibility as "Son of Man", as the expected Messiah, as someone whom the people can approach for wise teaching ("Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."), and for the miraculous signs of God’s favor (the preceding cures, including that of Peter’s mother-in-law).