Reflections on Mass Readings

A Fresh Perspective on the Resurrection of Lazarus
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A Fresh Perspective on the Resurrection of Lazarus

This Sunday’s Mass for the Fifth Sunday in Lent is another occasion where get to hear the story about when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (Cf. John 11:1-45).

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Jesus’ Teaching on the Condition of Sin
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Jesus’ Teaching on the Condition of Sin

The disciples represent a type of people and their agenda, that when they encounter suffering all they want to talk about is ‘who sinned’, ‘who lost’, and ‘who’s at fault’. Inasmuch as this was fair question, being that at that time there was a belief that sickness and disability was always the fruit of sin of the individual or their parents (Cf. Job’s Friends), Jesus’ agenda is always about truth; He’ll use this moment to broaden categories of sin and to offer healing and enlightenment.

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

The Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, is our perfect example in sacred Scripture of someone who was ‘In Place’ in the Circle of Grace; meaning that she was where we was supposed to be and doing the things that she was supposed to be doing. And because she was ‘In Place’, she was in the best spiritual position to easily discern the next calling that God had for her life.

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A Fresh Perspective on the Woman at Jacob’s Well
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A Fresh Perspective on the Woman at Jacob’s Well

The call of this Gospel Reading is a simple one. Christ Jesus is the fulfillment all that is good and true. In Him we have found more than we could possible desire for ourselves, and in us we He has found the people He wants to give all that He to give.

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Jesus’ Teaching on Mammons, Golden Calves, and Anxiety
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Jesus’ Teaching on Mammons, Golden Calves, and Anxiety

Today’s Gospel Reading for this Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time comes from Matthew 6:24-34 and concerns Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount teaching about the various types bondage that we all inevitable fall into when reject full reliance on God.

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God’s Desires and Empowers us to be Holy
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God’s Desires and Empowers us to be Holy

Being that it is absolutely clear in sacred Scripture that God has called us to be perfect, why do we still hear a litany of Christians saying that perfection or holiness is not possible while we are still living on earth? I believe their unscriptural excuse boils down to three reasons. There are three things we seem to misunderstand or fear about the Holy Trinity and our call to holiness.

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Jesus’ Teaching on the New Evangelization
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Jesus’ Teaching on the New Evangelization

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 5:17-37 Jesus pauses for a moment during His Sermon on the Mount to squash any notion that He is completely throwing away the Law of the Prophets.

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God’s Solution to Solve World Hunger and Malnutrition
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God’s Solution to Solve World Hunger and Malnutrition

There is no reason whatsoever why people should still be dying of hunger related deaths in 2011, but they are because too many of us are not sharing the life, resources, and gifts that has given to share.

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Jesus’ Teaching on Extraordinary Invitations
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Jesus’ Teaching on Extraordinary Invitations

At Mass this Sunday we get the wonderful opportunity to hear Matthew’s (4:12-23) account about Jesus’ call of the first disciples, , and how our amazing Lord is still in the business today of offering us that very same extraordinary invitation to follow Him wherever He leads.

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The Johannine Connection with Genesis
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The Johannine Connection with Genesis

Today’s Gospel Reading at Mass comes from John 1:29-34 and points us to a very interesting connection that the Johannine narrative has with book of Genesis.

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Jesus’ Teaching on the Benefits of Praying in Solitude
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Jesus’ Teaching on the Benefits of Praying in Solitude

Yes, communal prayer is excellent, but if Jesus spent time with His Father in private conversation, then how much more should we? And what you will find by leaving the cares of the world behind for just a moment to enter into private conversation with God is that you will have received the supernatural grace to do far more things with Him than you would have been able to do on your own.

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Be Advent for Someone
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Be Advent for Someone

As we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the ultimate Advent; that is, the coming of God into the world as a small infant, we should also take this time to reflect on our own lives and discern who God is calling us to be advent for right now.

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On Knowing that Christ Jesus Has Come For You
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On Knowing that Christ Jesus Has Come For You

In the first half of today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 11:2-11 we see John the Baptist, who I prefer to call John the Waymaker, at the end of his life and attempting to discern whether Jesus is who he thought He was.

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