Posts in category Commentaries & Reflections on Readings at Mass

This is the parent category to commentaries and reflections written for the Sunday and some weekday Masses for all three liturgical years.


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Commentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle C

Jesus Connects Faith and Humility with Love (Pardon of Sinful Woman)

The sinful woman doesn’t have a bowl of water, a wet cloth, or even a dry cloth, but she gives Jesus everything of value that she believes she does have. She brings to Him all that she has of value; her whole self and an alabaster flask of ointment and gives it all to Jesus. Her tears, hair, and ointment become her hospitality.

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Commentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle B

Jesus’ Teaching on Knowing What to Pray For

What I’ve learned in life is that if I want peace, then I ought to pray for God to grant peace to others as well as to myself. If you want more joy in your life, then pray for God to increase other’s joy as well as your own. If you make your prayer life inclusive of the needs of others as well, what you’ll discover is what you’ve asked God to give to those whom you prayed for will all be given to you.

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Commentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle B

Jesus’ Teaching on Minding Your Own Business

There are two things in this life that are spiritually unhealthy; the first thing is meddling in God’s business; the second is meddling in Satan’s business. The latter will frustrated you, while the former will possess you. The best place to be is minding the business that God has given you to mind – tending to the things that God has given you to tend to.

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A Fresh Perspective SeriesCommentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle B

A Fresh Perspective on Jesus’ Attack on the Tradition of the Elders

Indeed, throughout the Gospels we clearly see Jesus affirming the proper application of the Oral Torah; that is, where it does not contradict or attempt to supplant the Written Torah. This is especially clear in many of Jesus’ dialogues with the Pharisees in response to His works done on the Sabbath.

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A Fresh Perspective SeriesCommentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle B

A Fresh Perspective on God’s Obsession with Food & Wine

Therefore, being that Exodus 12:24 is a Permanent Law – a Perpetual Command, if Jesus doesn’t fulfill it – if it is not part of His body of work according this His statement in Matthew 5:17, that He came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, then He not the Messiah or Lord; rather, He is a liar, a lunatic, and a sadist.

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An actual manger (feeding trough) recovered at Meggido from approximately the time of Jesus. It is likely that the manger in which baby Jesus was placed was very similar to this one.
Commentaries & Reflections on Readings at MassLectionary Cycle B

Christ Jesus is the Divine Word and Food of God

The one thing that continues to intrigue me about John 6 is how deeply intricate it is with our understanding that throughout sacred Scripture the Word of God has always been thought of as food – as something edible. The implications of that understanding takes on an even more profound meeting in the New Covenant when we discover that the Word of God is actually a person,

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