Category: Daily Reflections

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.

The peace of the Lord be with you. Most of us spend a small amount of time each day cleaning and putting things back in their proper place so our homes are a pleasant place for us and those who stop by.

Today Jesus reminds us it is important to keep our spiritual homes in order as well. You may be thinking how do I keep my spiritual home in order? It is really simple and does not take much time. Spend some time with scripture, spend sometime in prayer or sacred silence, say grace before a meal, be of service to others, and at the conclusion of each day do a brief examination of conscience. Keep it simple. None of these actions need to be drawn out or time consuming — God appreciates our intent. Blessings. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, October 23, 2020

Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.

The peace of the Lord be with you. We are material beings living in the material world, so material things are not necessarily bad in and of themselves. The difficulty with material things is when we start to make them the treasures of our heart and let them rule our lives.

Jesus reminds us today that our truest treasures are the ones that don’t take up physical space but that create eternal joy. So today let us enjoy the good things that surround us, but more importantly let is immerse ourselves in the way of God which gives us true freedom, peace of mind, and life everlasting. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Monday, October 19, 2020

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus

The Lord said:

Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets 
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.

When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

— Luke 11:47-54

The peace of the Lord be with you. The last couple of days the words of Jesus seem rather harsh and stern. The message seems to consistently point out that people weren’t listening; that they were not doing the will of God. Jesus seems to be reminding them, and maybe also us, that often times we ignore the teachers that he has sent. Maybe sometimes we even become a hindrance to those trying to find God and enter his kingdom. Is Jesus doing this just for the sake of being critical? I don’t think that’s His intent.

Let us remember that Jesus was announcing the presence of the kingdom of God was in their midst. He was announcing that God wants to be in our lives and wants to build us up. In many respects Jesus is encouraging us to come back, to keep our eyes and our ears open to his word and teaching. He is saying I have been and continue to be right here with you. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

After Jesus had spoken,
a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home.
He entered and reclined at table to eat.
The Pharisee was amazed to see
that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.

The Lord said to him,

Oh you Pharisees!
Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.
You fools!
Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside?
But as to what is within, give alms,
and behold, everything will be clean for you.

— LK 11:37-41

The peace of the Lord be with you. In the history of psychology, probably one of the most studied topics has to do with motivation. What causes us or prompts us to do the things that we do?

Today Jesus points out that it is the state of our heart that has much to do with the way we act and interact. He invites us once again to check our motives for what we do. Are we doing something because it moves us closer to God? Are we doing something simply because it’s the way we have typically done it without really understanding why?

Jesus wants us to be careful about what motivates us. He invites us to do and to be grateful for the things that bring us in closer relationship to each other and our heavenly father.

May God grant us the grace today to move more deeply into the mystery of his love and share that goodness with those we meet. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,

Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.

He replied,

Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.

LK 11:27-28

The peace of the Lord be with you. The truth is often simple, uncomplicated, and direct. Both the statement from the woman in the crowd and the words of Jesus are examples of such a truth.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was both blessed and a blessing for it was by her consent and by her purity that Jesus entered the world. The words of Jesus are the words of God himself, and when we observe those words — internalize them, make them our own, and live them out — we too are blessed.

May this day be gifted with a simplicity that is unobstructed by worldly concerns and allows us to be vessels that bring the wisdom, healing, and the peace of God to the place where we live.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Saturday, October 10, 2020

Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe.

But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

The peace of the Lord be with you. The kingdom of God is not and has never been divided. The power of God has never been diminished. The kingdom of God shines through the darkness and brings healing a long with reconciliation even in these times. Jesus warns us once we have been healed and reconciled we must actively seek out his way of life or our circumstances could be worse than before.

Today we are called to draw from well of grace, to walk in the way of God, to be vessels of reconciliation — who do not live in fear, but as a single people are confident that God has been, will be, and is providing for His creation. Be at peace. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, October 9, 2020

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him.

Luke 10:33-34

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today the Gospel makes a link between attaining eternal life and acts of mercy. The Biblical meaning of mercy is synonymous with compassion. Compassion and mercy both imply putting ourselves in someone else’s circumstances. Acts of mercy earn us God’s forgiveness, but more importantly, they allow us to reflect God’s goodness.

Each day God exercises mercy toward us and expects that sense of being forgiven will lead us to be understanding with others about the mistakes that have been or are being made. This requires that each of us remembers our imperfections.

Like the Good Samaritan, we are called to be agents of healing, understanding, and filial love. It appears that mercy not only brings comfort to others, but also heals our souls, making us ready for the life to come. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Monday, October 5, 2020

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss?

Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness?

Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

The peace of the Lord be with you. The reading from Job offers a dialogue that continues to ponder the mysteries of God and creation. In response to a question from Job, God offers a series of questions that help Job to understand how very limited his understanding is of all that God created and maintains. Such an appropriate reading on the Memorial of Holy Guardian Angels. Here is what the Church teaches about these beings:

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

CCC 336

These beings not only seem to protect us from physical and spiritual harm, but they also guide us toward salvation. Guardian Angels are further evidence of God’s tender care for believer and non believer alike. May we thank our Triune God for these supernatural helpers and call upon their prayers in times of confusion and trouble.

The Angele Dei prayer:

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side,
to light and guard, rule and guide.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, October 2, 2020

Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus

Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

Luke 10:8-9

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today the Gospel outlines what it means to be a disciple. It means to be sent, it means to be one who discerns, it means there will be more work than a single person can accomplish, it means worrying less about how to provide for ourselves and being more concerned with the message we are to carry to others. That message is this:

‘The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.’

Our job is to let people know that God sees them, walks with them, offers healing, and has a home for them. Jesus also reminds us that some will reject this message and that we cannot take that personally as we continue doing our part.

So today, we are sent to carry this invitation into the world in various forms. Let us do so with joy and hope. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Thursday, October 1, 2020

Memorial of Saint Jerome

Job answered his friends and said: I know well that it is so;
but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him,
he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained unscathed?

He removes the mountains before they know it;
he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place,
and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not;
he seals up the stars.

He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out,
marvelous things beyond reckoning.

Should he come near me, I see him not;
should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay?
Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

How much less shall I give him any answer,
or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him,
but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call,
I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.

JB 9:1-12, 14-16

The peace of the Lord be with you. The words of Job are so eloquent. For those of you who have been following the readings for the last few days the experience of Job gives us a lot to think about.

In today’s reading, Job ponders the mystery of God. As he explores the mystery of God he senses God’s great might and power, His great authority, His ability to blend with creation, and his own smallness in relationship to God the Creator. There is also great humility in the words of Job as he articulates the God owes him nothing — that God is never bound to respond to his questions or yearnings. Yet if we think back to the early chapters of this book of scripture, God delights in Job just as He delights in us. Despite His power, He exercises great tenderness, hears and responds to our request, and ultimately — He will send his son to rescue us.

I hope that today that you will have time to ponder the great mysteries of God, listen for his voice, and recognize the great tenderness with which he attends to your needs. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Wednesday, September 30, 2020