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SLHour COVID Special: The Raising of Lazarus

In this special SLHour reflection, we look at the Gospel reading for the 5th Sunday of Lent, year A: The Raising of Lazarus. It’s a heartwarming and moving exhortation during this time of crisis: “Come out, and live!”

See Only Jesus

A reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A. The readings are Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm: 33; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 and Matthew 17:1-9.

The Transfiguration: “When they looked up, they saw only Jesus.” (

Last week we had the call of the desert and this week we have the call of the mountain. And that’s usually how it goes: After being in the desert, we are often called up the mountain. What happens up there? We have a mountain-top experience: an encounter with God.

We’ve all had encounters with God. Sometimes it’s a very powerful event and we recognize it right away. Sometimes it’s not that obvious but we still recognize it, maybe a few days later –or even sometime later, in retrospect. Sometimes it’s not one event, but a period in our life that when we look back we can say, “Wow, God was really present in my life during that time.” And sometimes we have an encounter with God and we don’t recognize it at all.

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A reflection for the 5th Sunday, Ordinary Time, year A. The readings are Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 11; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 and Matthew 5:13-16.

Two weeks ago we were talking about how Jesus is the Light that scatters all darkness. I asked you to pray with Psalm 27 for someone who’s in darkness. How’s that going (you thought I’d forget, eh?) Keep praying: “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation.”

Last week, in our parish, we were reminded that by virtue of our Baptism, we all receive the Light of Christ and we are to keep it burning brightly.

Today we are told something else: Not that Jesus is the Light of the world but that we; you are the Light of the world. And we are told something that may sound a bit strange when you hear it for the first time: You are salt.

I am not sure about you, but I like being light. I understand being light. When I die, you can put on my tombstone: “He brought light to all those around him”. But who would want their tombstone to say: “he was salty”? We all want to be light, but who wants to be salt? It’s easy to explain light, but salt?

Today I’d like to make the case for salt.

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The People Who Walked in Darkness

A reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A. The readings are Isaiah 8:23–9:3; Psalm 27; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 and Matthew 4:12-23.

I was driving home late the other night while it was raining. I hate that. Must be my old age. I do not like driving at night in the rain. I can’t see. Especially if I’m driving somewhere not familiar or if there’s construction. Or when there are cars coming at you with their headlights blinding you. I just want to get home quickly. And all I kept thinking of while driving the other night was the passage from Isaiah that we hear today twice, once in the first reading and then in the Gospel from Matthew:

“A people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

Of course, that does not refer to physical darkness.

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