3/22/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 by

[“Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”] (Mt. 21:43) Jesus gives a pretty stern warning to His contemporary Jewish religious leaders.  They who have been given so many opportunities to repent, have refused. They who have been […]

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3/21/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 21, 2019 by

[Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth. Blessed is the […]

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3/20/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 20, 2019 by

[The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, “Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.“] (Jer. 18:18a) Jeremiah has been preaching repentance to the people of Judah and Jerusalem and they’ have had enough. He has called them out and brought to their attention their own sinfulness. Jeremiah has called them to […]

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3/19/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 19, 2019 by

[When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.] (Mt. 1:24) Recounted in our Gospel today is, called by some, the Annunciation of St. Joseph. At this point Joseph has discovered that Mary is pregnant and he knows that the child is not […]

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3/18/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 by

[“Stop judging and you will not be judged.“] (Lk. 6:37a) Sad, comical, ironic, disheartening: many of us Christians have perfected the very thing Jesus told us not to do. We can be really great judgers.  In a certain way this makes sense, since as Christians we’ve been blessed with Jesus’s teaching—know right from wrong.  We […]

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3/17/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 by

[The Lord is my light and my salvation.] (Psalm 27:1a) During this Second Sunday of Lent we make this audacious claim with the Psalmist.  Is He though?  Is the Lord really my light and salvation?  Do I believe the words I speak? In saying “The Lord is my light and my salvation”, we exclude any […]

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3/16/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 by

[“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”] (Mt. 5:48) Does Jesus know He is asking the impossible of His disciples and of us? Yes, He knows it is actually impossible for us and not just figuratively. There is no way you and I can be perfect just as God is because, well, […]

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3/15/2019 LENTEN REFLECTION

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 by

[“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.  But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment] (Mt. 5:21-22a) In the course of His teaching and preaching, Jesus often criticizes the current religious practices […]

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