Reflection Date: 
10/16/2011

Scripture:
Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b
Mt 22:15-21

Reflection:
I love the sparseness of today’s Gospel; Jesus’ deftly reframes the trap that has been set for him:

Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

End of story. Except it isn’t.  It is true that Jesus has skillfully moved beyond the false dichotomy set up for him and infers that the Pharisees should focus on what is really their concern: not people’s money but their souls.

Reflection Date: 
10/15/2011

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

Scripture:

Romans 4:13, 16-18
Luke  12:8-12

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
10/14/2011

Scripture:

Romans 4:1-8
Luke 12:1-7

Reflection:

In today’s Gospel Luke tells us, "Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows."  The image of the beloved sparrows has always been a favorite of mine.  I can’t imagine a clearer image of how to describe the love of God for each and every one of us no matter who we are, no matter what our faults and failings may be, no matter how poorly we may even think of ourselves.

Reflection Date: 
10/12/2011

Scripture:

Romans 2:1-11
Luke 11:42-46

Reflection:

The message of today’s readings seems easy enough to figure out, as we’ve heard it many times before: don’t pass judgment. Simple enough…and yet here they are, yet again, both Paul’s letter and Luke’s gospel staring us right in the face with this message. Don’t pass judgment, don’t pass judgment…it appears that someone thinks we’re not completely getting this message.

Reflection Date: 
10/11/2011

  

Scripture:

Romans 1:16-25
Luke 11:37-41

  

  

  

Reflection:

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel"

Reflection Date: 
10/08/2011

Scripture:

Joel 4:12-21
Luke 11:27-28

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
10/10/2011

Scripture:

Romans 1:1-7
Luke 11:29-32

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
10/09/2011

Scripture:

Isaiah 25:6-10a
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Reflection:

In the parable of the Wedding Feast Matthew again addresses the chief priests and elders of the people. It appears as an allegory that would be clear to his community: the King’s invitation is rejected, messengers are treated violently, their cities destroyed, and there is a new invitation that includes everyone, especially the poor.

Reflection Date: 
10/06/2011

Scripture:

Malachi 3:13-20b
Luke 11:5-13

Reflection:

Reflection Date: 
10/05/2011

Scripture:

Jonah 4:1-11
Luke 11:1-4

Reflection:

"But the LORD asked, ‘Have you reason to be angry?"

Have you ever been asked to do something you felt wasn’t turning out well or the way that you wanted it to? Or have you ever been in a situation that, no matter how hard you tried, just seemed to keep getting more and more difficult, that seemed to be beyond you but you could’t wriggle out of doing? Welcome to the world of Jonah.