Lectionary Cycle A

Justification is a Process
in Lectionary Cycle A, Reflections on Mass Readings

Justification is a Process

Brothers and sisters: We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he might be the […]

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Prayer is Necessary for Salvation
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Prayer is Necessary for Salvation

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, […]

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The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession (Pentecost Reflection)
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The Biblical Roots of Catholic Confession (Pentecost Reflection)

The Sacrament of Catholic Penance & Reconciliation (Confession, as it is called) is not so strange once you fully consider it. In the Old Covenant God reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of priests, and in the New Covenant God, once and for all, reconciled man to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, the High Priest. Yet, in spite of that, man continues to sin; therefore man needs constant forgiveness. This is why Jesus gave His New Covenant priests the authority to forgive or to retain sins in His name.

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Jesus & the Holy Spirit – the Magnanimous Dynamic Duo
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Jesus & the Holy Spirit – the Magnanimous Dynamic Duo

Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees […]

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Jesus Defines Love and Joy
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Jesus Defines Love and Joy

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have […]

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On Remembering Your Way (Reflection on Sunday’s Readings at Mass)
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On Remembering Your Way (Reflection on Sunday’s Readings at Mass)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to […]

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On Suffering for Doing what is Good
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On Suffering for Doing what is Good

Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. He committed […]

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Finding Your Self-Worth in Christ Jesus
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Finding Your Self-Worth in Christ Jesus

Beloved: If you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one’s works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver […]

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On Why Suffering is Necessary
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On Why Suffering is Necessary

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in […]

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The Lord has Risen! Now What? (An Easter Season Reflection)
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The Lord has Risen! Now What? (An Easter Season Reflection)

Easter is the culmination of the particular event.. Let us not miss the central point of God entering His creation by becoming fully part of His creation, even to the point of dying at the hands of those He made. An excerpt from Chapter Seventeen (‘The Fifteenth Didactic Mystery’) of my book Cooperating with God: Life with the Cross

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Jesus Appears to the Women (A Holy Saturday Reflection)
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Jesus Appears to the Women (A Holy Saturday Reflection)

- – – An excerpt from Chapter Sixteen (‘The Fourteeth Didactic Mystery’) of my book Cooperating with God: Life with the Cross – Matthew 27:62- 28:15 The next day, the one following the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate […]

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The Coming of the Lord (Reflection on Palm Sunday)
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The Coming of the Lord (Reflection on Palm Sunday)

The great irony is that with all of this fanfare and external demonstration of sacrifice, in just a few days from now, many of these same people who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as a king will be calling for his head, or won’t be anywhere to be found as he dies on the Cross alone.

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The Lord is Trustworthy
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The Lord is Trustworthy

When we consider the question, ‘Why doesn’t God get tired of proving Himself to us?’ The answer that comes back is, ‘Because God IS Love, and the first duty of love is to give itself away, God cannot help Himself.

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