Daily Reflection

Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

November 24  – Saturday Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Gospel: LK 20:27-40   Reflection: How easy it is for religious people to waste time and energy in spurious debates that neither advance the cause of the Gospel nor shed any light on real-life issues. Yet they can become a distraction from […]

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Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 23 – Friday   Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 19:45-48   Reflection: We can feel the growing tension, as Jesus forcefully challenges the way things were done in the holiest place of Judaism. It is so easy to lose sight of the real value of religious actions and rituals, […]

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

November 22 – Thursday Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Gospel: LK 19:41-44   Reflection: Jesus wept over his city. He felt deep sorrow at its resistance to God’s word, as he foresaw the disaster it would soon face.   As he poured out his heart to the Father in heaven, Jesus shed tears […]

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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21 – Wednesday   Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary     Gospel: LK 19:11-28   Reflection: Jesus seeks people he can trust to take risks, sometimes even recklessly. Cowards will never build the Kingdom. During his last encounter with his apostles, he told them to take the Gospel to the […]

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Jesus made Zacchaeus’ day, and everybody else began to grumble

November 20 – Tuesday Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 19:1-10   Reflection: Jesus made Zacchaeus' day, and everybody else began to grumble. What is going on here? What does it say to me? Jesus' hangers-on could be surprising. First a blind man of Jericho, now one of the richest and […]

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Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

November 19 – Monday Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 18:35-43   Reflection: ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ What a beautiful prayer from a blind man, which we can so easily make own prayer today, and every day. We stand in the presence of Jesus and ask him […]

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The last Sunday before Christ the King

November 18 – Sunday Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   The last Sunday before Christ the King   Gospel: MK 13:24-32   Reflection: As we approach the end of the liturgical year the readings remind us of this aspect of Jesus’ teaching: his insistence on the urgency of our situation and the need to decide […]

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

November 17 – Saturday Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious Gospel: LK 18:1-8   Reflection: Jesus gently reminds us of the need to pray and not lose heart. He knows we need to hear these words from time to time as we ask ourselves whether prayer does make a difference at all. We ask […]

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Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

November 16 – Friday Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 17:26-37   Reflection: Our times certainly sound very much like Noah’s, where everyone seems so distracted, unable to concentrate on what is really important. But Jesus warns us that the time for decision can catch us unaware, and that it cannot […]

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The Kingdom of God is among you!

November 15 – Thursday Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 17:20-25   Reflection: The Kingdom of God is among you!’ There will be no external signs to foretell its coming because it is already here. The greatest sign is the person of Jesus himself who at the beginning of his public […]

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