Reflections

Psalms 119:105 – April 22, 2019

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path. Psalms 119:105 NABRE      Life is a journey, hopefully a journey home to the one who created and loves us. We need a lamp to light the journey. We read in the quoted verse that God’s word is a lamp for our feet, in other words God’s word is a light that helps us follow the right path. Imagine a world in which…

1 Peter 2:24 – April 21, 2019

He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 NABRE      Peter wrote this letter to five communities in the Roman province of Asia Minor. Peter speaks about suffering quite often in this letter so it is likely these communities are going through trials and sufferings. In the part of the letter with the…

Proverbs 15:1 – April 20, 2019

A mild answer turns back wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NABRE      A gentle approach is wise; follower of God or not. Solomon is not advising that we compromise truth and say what is wrong is really right. Rather, he is counselling us to have a gentle spirit and a conciliatory attitude when we disagree with others. This approach can make whatever issue less heated and help us to settle the…

James 1:21 – April 19, 2019

Therefore, put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls. James 1:21 NABRE      James writing to the Jews who have accepted Jesus is encouraging them (and us) to change how they live. He writes that temptation comes from our own enticements and when it is avoided we will receive the crown of life. James tells them temptation and evil…

1 Timothy 1:15 – April 18, 2019

This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. 1 Timothy 1:15 NABRE      In this opening of this First Letter of Timothy Paul writes about the change in his life that has occurred because of the gospels. He calls himself a blasphemer, persecutor and an arrogant man and was treated mercifully because he did all these things out of ignorance. Paul…

Colossians 3:17 – April 17, 2019

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NABRE      Paul writing to the community in Colossae warns them about life practices advice they are hearing in the form of a philosophy that is unnecessary. The people were being influenced to eat certain foods on special festivals, to worship certain powers and principalities and to pay…

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Abortion: Protest vs. Provision

Recently I changed where I go to church. I spent the last almost thirty years of my life attending Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Boca Raton, Florida, and last year changed to become a member of Life.Church in Wellington, Florida. As a life long Roman Catholic, abortion was something I heard about at least bi-weekly, either from the homilist, or through the activities of the local Respect Life Group, or even through articles written in…

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…

Sunday Message

Righteousness from God – believe and receive forgiveness

This is the seventh week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” It is the weekend we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus. This raising of Jesus from the dead is God’s true gift of righteousness. Christ is made available to all who seek him and will be righteousness for those who receive Him. We discussed righteous means we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes…

Righteousness from God – open my ears

This is the sixth week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

Righteousness from God – strain forward

This is the fifth week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

Righteousness from God – new creation in Christ

This is the fourth week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

Righteousness from God – repent or perish

This is the third week of a series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is pleasing…

Righteousness from God – citizenship in heaven

This is the second week of a new series we are calling, “righteousness from God.” By righteous we mean we are in right relationship with God. It is a human quality but it takes on a divine presence when we allow God to make us righteous. We commonly think of it as being moral, being right in all that constitutes a moral persona. To be righteous we are right, we have right conduct which is…