Reflection Date: 
06/03/2011

Scripture:

Acts 18:9-18
John 16:20-23

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
06/02/2011

  

The Ascension of the Lord

Scripture:

Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 28:16-20

  

Reflection:

Today’s readings presume that the celebration of the feast of the Ascension will occur on the following Sunday (as is the case in most of the dioceses of the United States).

Reflection Date: 
06/01/2011

Scripture: 

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
John 16:12-15

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
05/31/2011

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

Scripture:

Zephaniah 3: 14-18
Luke 1: 39-56

Reflection:

"And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"

Reflection Date: 
05/30/2011

Scripture:

Acts 16:11-15
John 15:26-16:4a

Reflection:

Have you ever seen a drawing of God singing?  I haven’t.  I don’t know of any artist who has ever attempted to show that.  Yet that is the image that the prophet Zephaniah gives us.  "The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival" (Zephaniah 3:17).  Imagine that - God singing!

Reflection Date: 
05/29/2011

Scripture:

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
05/28/2011

Scripture:

Acts 16:1-10
John 15:18-21

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
05/27/2011

Scripture:

Acts 15:22-31
John 15:12-17

Reflection:

"This is my commandment: love one another as I love you."

  

In the space of just a few sentences, Jesus twice commands us to love one another.  And not just to love one another, but to love one another "as I love you."  Jesus posed this tenet thousands of years ago.  So the question that I can’t seem to get out of my head is, how we doin’ so far?

Reflection Date: 
05/23/2011

Scripture:

Acts 14:5-18
John 14:21-26

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
05/26/2011

Memorial of St. Philip Neri 

Scripture:

1 Peter 1:18-25
Mark 10:32-45

Reflection:

Today, the Church recognizes the life and contributions of Saint Philip Neri.  Not everyone is familiar with Philip Neri, but he is a special favorite of mine.  First, he is the Patron Saint of Rome—one of my very favorite cities in the world.  Secondly, he is a Patron Saint of pilgrims—at least for pilgrims to Rome.