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How Perfect is Your Family?

A reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family, year A. The readings are Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128; Col. 3:12-21 and Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.

Flight into Egypt by Peter Paul Rubens (1614). Hessen Kassel Museums.

What do you imagine when you think of the Holy Family? Surely, Joseph was a hard worker and a good protector and provider for his family. He was a loving husband to his wife Mary. Mary was a loving wife to her husband, Joseph. She was quiet and gentle. She always had a good meal prepared. She provided a warm and caring home for the family.

They surely were like the people who are described in the first and second readings and the Psalm today!

Of course, being perfect parents is easy when there is a perfect child!

Mary and Joseph never had to discipline little Jesus. He never complained and never whined. He never threw a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store. He always ate his vegetables and never had to be told to stop playing video games and do his homework. He never argued or slammed the door to his room.

Well, he did talk back at them at least once.

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The Eschaton is here!

A relfection for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A. The readings are Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:37-44.

We begin the season of Advent and very often – especially this year – the readings are all about the eshcaton. Haven’t you heard of the eschaton? It is not a pre-historic monster that lurks in the depths of the ocean. The eschaton is a Greek word that refers to the end of times. You may have heard the word ‘eschatology’ or about things that are ‘eschatological’ – that’s ‘cause they have to do with the end times.

That’s what Jesus is talking about today in the Gospel. He has just told the disciples about the destruction of the Temple and they want to know when that’s going to happen. He doesn’t tell them when it’s going to happen, but he goes into a long speech about paying attention to signs and that there will be wars and earthquakes and famines and that when they see these things happen they should flee to the hills. And then He tells them that it will be like in the days of Noah, and that is the Gospel that that is read today. It doesn’t sound so ominous if we only hear what is in the Gospel today, but if you put it in context with what Jesus has just finished saying, it’s easy to see why over the centuries, people have thought that Jesus is talking about the end of the world. Read more…

Jesus Christ is King!

 reflection for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C. The readings are Samuel 7:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20 and Luke 23:35-43.

Mosaic of Christ Pantokrator, Basilica Saint Paul Beyond Walls, Rome.Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, but before we talk about what it means that Jesus is king, let me ask you a few questions.

  • Who is the king of the jungle?
  • Who is the king of rock n roll?
  • Who is the king of pop?
  • Who is the king of the NBA?
  • Who is the king of soccer? (Answers below*)

Who is the King of the Jews? Who is the King of Heaven? Who is the King of all Creation? Who is the King of Kings? Who is the King of Life?

Who is the King of your life?

If you answered ‘Jesus’ to these last questions, you are correct.

Except, I don’t know about you, but even though I want Jesus to be the King of my life, I don’t know if I always act like it.

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Be Persistent; Not Annoying!

A reflection for the 29th Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year C. The readings are Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm: 12; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2 and Luke 18:1-8.

About two years ago, I was home in Panama and I had rented a car to go to a Charismatic Youth Gathering. It was a wonderful weekend – very Spirit-filled. A lot of Faith. I don’t know what I was thinking on my way back, but I was probably on a bit of a high. If Jesus came back to earth, He would find Faith on earth. I had just experienced it.

As I approached the city, I had to go through a check point. Now, you know when you see a check point, you have to go through. You can’t turn around. The mostly wave you on, but as I approached, I knew. As soon as I saw him, he made eye contact with me and I knew.

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