First Sunday of Lent

Dt 26:4-10Rom 10:8-13Lk 4:1-13 Lent This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Every liturgical year the church sets aside forty days of preparation for the most important feast of the year – Easter. Reading the scripture, the Word of God for this Sunday, tells us that Jesus, following his baptism goes into…

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sir 27:4-71 Cor 15:54-58Lk 6:39-45 Know Yourself To be a committed disciple of Christ we must really know ourselves. We must be aware of our gifts and our faults or weaknesses. This is important because as disciples we are to produce good deeds for others. In order to accomplish these good deeds, we have to…

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Love in Action In the gospel for Sunday Jesus’ words challenge us to love as God loves. We are challenged to love with a depth beyond imagining. God loves us beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God’s love, we are to love with every thought, word and action that we are capable…

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer 17:5-81 Cor 15:12, 16-20Lk 6:17, 20-26 Trust in God Both the first and second readings remind us that it is foolish to place our trust in anyone or anything but God. “Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away…

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 6:1-2A, 3-81 Corinthians 15:1-11Luke 5:1-11 Responding to the Call The words of scripture remind us of our own personal call for a change of heart (metanoia) and our response to follow our call to discipleship. Paul states clearly in the second reading that, “I am reminding you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I…

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer 1:4-5, 17-191 Cor 12: 31-13:13Lk 4:21-30 Be Prophets Begin your reflection today by filling in your name in the opening words of the first reading from Jeremiah. “The word of the LORD came to me (your name), saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated…

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-101 Cor 12:12-30Lk 1:1-4, 4:14-21 Inclusivity Paul begins the second reading for this Sunday with words that are critical for the society we live in today. “Brothers and sisters: As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so…

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 62:1-51 Corinthians 12:4-11John 21-11Giftedness In John’s gospel miracles are called signs. In the gospel for Sunday Jesus performs his first sign of his new ministry. There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran…

Baptism of Jesus

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22  Baptism  The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals….

Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6Ephesians 3:1-12Matthew 2:1-12 Shared Gifts On this first Sunday of the New Year we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus the Christ. It’s on this feast of the epiphany that we hear the story of the three magi bringing gifts to the new born child. Because the magi (representing the non-Jewish people…