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The Baptism of the Lord
Jan 15, 2019 | baptism, God's Kingdom, Gospel, Holy Trinity, Jesus, Jesus' ministry, John the Baptist, reflections
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Resp.: Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-302nd Reading: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22Now that Jesus's birth has been manifested to the world, His ministry begins. Jesus not only tells us what we should do but he actually does what we should do: he is baptized in the River Jordan.Jesus did not need to be baptized like we do. He did not contract
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Oct 02, 2018 | choosing God, faith, God's Kingdom, Gospel, grace, heaven, homily, Jesus, reflection, Scripture
Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4c-9aResp.: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (9) 2nd Reading: James 2:14-18Gospel: Mark 8:27-35In today's readings, Jesus is helping us to understand that we live in this world to determine where we will live for eternity. We must follow Jesus as we know, all the way to the Cross. This means that life on earth will be fraught with trials and adversity and unfortunately tragedy
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Mar 18, 2018 | dying to self, eternal life, Garden of Eden, God's Kingdom, heaven, Jesus, Paradise, trust
Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-152nd Reading: Hebrews 5:7-9Gospel: John 12:20-33Jesus goes before us to show us the way. He told his disciples about the grain of wheat that must die if it is to bear much fruit. But why do we have to die? Because of the Sin of Adam and Eve. So Jesus takes us to a new level – if
Wedding at Cana – Part 2 of 2
Feb 20, 2018 | discipleship, faith, God's Kingdom, intercession, Jesus' ministry, John of the Cross, Mary, mediatrix, mystery, salvation, Spiritual Canticle, trust, Vatican II
Mary and the Mystery of CanaA second very important thing about this gospel is that at the wedding feast at Cana, which symbolized the new Kingdom of grace, the Mother of Jesus was there. Mary’s presence at Cana was not just an aside. She was not there by mistake. She was not there by happenstance. Notice, the Mary is spoken of in this gospel passage even before Jesus is mentioned.
Some Aspects of Independence Day - July 4th, Civil Religious Liberty, & Authentic Christian Freedom – Part 2
Sep 26, 2016 | American society, authentic Christian freedom, freedom, God's Kingdom, human dignity, human happiness, Independence Day, Jesus, justice, liberty, mutual respect, reflections, religious liberty, talk, truth
Under grace, we Catholic-Christians strive for a deeper development of our human personality in the lights of both reason and revelation (rational thinking and God's Word). We Catholics believe that our human DESTINY has been revealed as GOD ALONE. 'We have no purely natural destiny!' That is our Catholic theological conclusion from the collective data of sacred scripture.