Reflections

Psalms 37:5 – February 19, 2019

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will act. Psalms 37:5 NABRE      Psalm 37 reflects on the power and apparent success that evildoers manage to have. Set against doing good everything seems to work out well for them. It deals with an apparent contradiction by showing their lives will end in failure and by exhorting the righteous to do good. The psalm begins with a teacher exhorting his disciple to be…

Psalms 23:4 – February 18, 2019

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalms 23:4 NABRE      Psalm 23 proclaims the nearness of God. The psalm speaks of the Lord as a shepherd. A role that would be easily understood at the time and became even more meaningful when Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” (John 10:11) The psalm’s…

James 3:13 – February 17, 2019

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 NABRE      James is speaking about the wise person. In wisdom he is addressing the person who is suited to be a teacher in the Christian community. Wisdom from God is evidence not of intellectual prowess but is works done in humility. James thinks wisdom comes from above. James ask those…

Psalms 143:10 – February 16, 2019

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level. Psalms 143:10 NABRE      Psalm 143 is about asking for mercy and help. The psalm begins with the psalmist asking the Lord to listen to him and then he explains his predicament. The psalm continues where the psalmist asks God to please respond, to rid him of his enemies and for God to make…

Philippians 1:6 – February 15, 2019

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NABRE      Paul is writing to the community in Philippi, a community to whom he feels very close and is pleased with their progress growing in fellowship. Paul is writing this letter while a prisoner in Rome, yet he speaks of his thanks and joy. He is thinking…

1 Corinthians 13:13 – February 14, 2019

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NABRE      Paul is addressing troubles in the community of Corinth. He speaks to them about the abuse of the gift of tongues, division in the church, envy of others’ gifts, selfishness, impatience with one another in the public meetings, and behavior that was disgracing the Lord. Paul wrote to remind the community that the only way to be…

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Reclaiming Mary – Wedding at Cana

All Christians honor Mary as the Mother of God, (Theotokos – God-bearer.) She played a vital role in the incarnation of the God Man, Jesus. But the extent to which Roman Catholics are devoted to Mary goes further than most other Christian groups. It is unlikely you could find a Roman Catholic Church building without a statue that represents Mary in a pronounced or honorable place, with fresh flowers and perhaps even prayer candles situated…

Woman Caught in Adultery – Earlier that day

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses…

From Open Windows to Broken Windows

Opening the Second Vatican Council Pope John XXIII made a remark that defined the nature of the entire council, “Throw open the windows of the church and let the fresh air of the spirit blow through.” It was a call for the church to recognize a need to engage with the modern world, to develop her desire to be a faith for all people and that the church define evangelization as a major reason for…

Four Reasons the Roman Catholic Church should Welcome Married Priests

Soon after the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on the sexual abuse scandal Professor and Author Scott Walker Hahn posted on his Facebook page a caution about turning to a married priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church as a “simple solution to the problem of clerical scandal.” His point of view is further supported by the notion of a plethora of divorced Protestant pastors (Hahn’s post had the rate at 50% but he later…

Five Ideas on Talking to Kids about Sexual Abuse in Light of the Church Scandal

As the news, discussion and church pulpit’s become places to hear about the latest round of Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandal stories thanks in part to the release of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Grand Jury Report, we have to wonder what news should be shared with young children. As I sit and listen at family gatherings and meals, I see inquisitive eight year old eyes wanting to know what everyone is talking about. It is…

Sunday Message

Walk in the Light – prophet of God

Our message series “Walk in the Light” continues as we look at the readings from this weekend. This is a fifth and final week of this message series. We are called to be lights in the world and we are looking at different ways in which we are the light of Christ. This weeks message challenges us to be a prophet for God. Four weeks ago we celebrated the feast known as the Epiphany. A…

Walk in the Light – fulfilled by God

Continuing the calendar in Ordinary Time, our message series “Walk in the Light” continues as we look at the readings from this weekend. We are called to be lights in the world and we are looking at different ways in which we are the light of Christ. This week we see a theme of that day that informs us we are fulfilled by God. God has a plan that is revealed, offers forgiveness and restores…

Walk in the Light – obedience in God

This week the Church calendar begins Ordinary Time, which simply means the celebrations are not of any special events. Our message series “Walking in the Light” continues as we look at the readings from this weekend. We are called to be lights in the world and we are looking at different ways in which we are the light of Christ. Two weeks ago we celebrated the feast known as the Epiphany. A celebration of Three…

Walk in the light – you are beloved

This week is the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. It is a feast that marks the end of the Christmas season for the Catholic Church. It also marks the beginning of Jesus public ministry. Jesus as an adult came to John the Baptist to be baptized. There really was no need for Jesus to be baptized, he already was living a new creation, a new self. But this is one of the times…