Reflection Date: 
09/08/2012

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture:

Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

Reflection:

Hanging on a retreat center wall in Lake Charles, La. is a portrait of the annunciation. A radiant angel stands before Mary. Her posture is one of humble submission. It is the moment of surrender. She says "yes" to God’s plan for her and humanity.

Reflection Date: 
09/07/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Luke 5:33-36

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Reflection Date: 
09/05/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Luke 4:38-44

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Reflection Date: 
09/04/2012

  

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 2:10-16
Psalm 145
Luke 4:31-37

  

  

Reflection:

God’s Spirit at Work

Reflection Date: 
09/03/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Luke 4:16-30

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Reflection Date: 
09/02/2012

Scripture:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8
Psalm: 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5
James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Reflection:

Strong words come forth from today’s readings!  Moses, the prophet of the Passover and Exodus, clearly asks the people to reconcile themselves to the power of the commandments of the Lord over them.  Their public behavior will be the "evidence" that will move other nations and peoples to recognize the covenant relationship that exists between the Israelites and God.

Reflection Date: 
09/01/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:26-31  
Matthew 25:14-30

Reflection:

In the opening reading the first line captures me: "Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters." 

Reflection Date: 
08/31/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:17-25
Matthew 25:1-13

Reflection:

"Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

Reflection Date: 
08/30/2012

Scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Matthew 24:42-51

Reflection:

A young man approached an elderly guru and asked him to share the secret of a happy life.  The guru responded, "Pay attention."  

Reflection Date: 
08/29/2012

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Scripture:

2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18
Mark 6:17-29

Reflection:

Today we reflect on the Beheading of John the Baptist.  Beheading, a violent form of execution in any age, in the opinion of Herod’s wife was a sure method for silencing the voice of John the Baptist.  John the Baptist spoke truth Herodias did not want to hear.  As I reflect on today’s readings, I wonder how often I don’t want to hear the truth spoken in the Gospel message.