Reflections

Lent 2018 -1st Sunday English / Español

Sunday’s Readings: Genesis 9:8-15; Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 PEOPLE OF THE COVENANT If there is one word that stands out in today’s readings, it is “covenant.” God’s faithfulness and goodness serve as examples to us of how to live. Genesis tells the story of Noah and of God’s covenant not only […]

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45 GIVE GOD THE GLORY A curious feature of the first half of Mark’s Gospel is the pattern of Jesus working a miracle, then telling the recipient of the miracle to keep still about it. Many theories have been offered: Mark is setting […]

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39 TIRELESS DISCIPLESHIP The stories we’ve been hearing these weeks come from the very first chapter of Mark, and they show us the public ministry of Jesus in its infancy. Today’s account shows some of the strain or adjustment of his new […]

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 TRUE PROPHETS In Deuteronomy today we hear that God’s very words will fill the mouth of a true prophet, but a false prophet will, in a manner of speaking, put mere mortal words into God’s mouth. In Mark’s Gospel, we see Jesus teaching […]

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP Today we encounter readings that already have a Lenten feel about them. Nineveh undergoes a forty-day fast, the psalmist reminds us that God alone can show sinners the way, Paul shows us how fleeting the things and events […]

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19; Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10; 1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20; John 1:35-42 THE LAMB OF GOD “Behold the Lamb of God!” We hear this phrase every Sunday at Mass, but there’s a good chance that many Roman Catholics do not know who in the Bible originally spoke it. The phrase […]

The Epiphany 2018-English/Español

Sunday’s Readings….Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6; Mathew 2:1-12 GOD’S PROMISE TO ALL PEOPLE Today Isaiah reminds the people of God that the land shall be restored to their possession, they shall rejoice to see their people return from the bondage of exile, and that they shall be a light to the […]

2017 Feast of Holy Family – English/Español

Sunday’s Readings: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40 BEARERS OF THE WORD The Church has placed a number of notable feast days immediately after Christmas. The feasts of Stephen, John the Evangelist, and the Holy Innocents form a summary of the life lived in Christ, the Word made flesh. What do […]