Daily Reflections on the Readings for Mass

Holy Thursday Reflection

Filed in Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Serve on April 17, 2014
Holy Thursday Reflection

In today’s first reading from the book of Exodus, God gave instructions to Moses and Aaron on how to prepare His people for the passover.  They were to slaughter a one year old lamb and put some of it’s blood on their doorposts and the lintel of their homes.  They were to have the people […]

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Thirty Pieces of Silver

Filed in Apostles, Holy Week, Jesus Christ on April 16, 2014
Thirty Pieces of Silver

If the gospel reading for mass today sounds familiar, it is because we had the same reading for mass yesterday, except that it was from the gospel of John.  These two accounts of Judas’ betrayal are very similar but with slight differences.  This is one of the reasons that the gospels give valid testimony to […]

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Preparations for the Holy Triduum

Filed in Catholic Church, Holy Week, Jesus Christ on April 15, 2014
Preparations for the Holy Triduum

“Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples.”  These words from the first reading for mass today are so appropriate for all of us, because our fellow Catholics throughout the world are reflecting on God’s word too, as we prepare for the Holy Triduum.  We aren’t quite there yet.  Good Friday and Easter Sunday could […]

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Mary Anointed the Feet of Jesus

Filed in Jesus Christ, Women of the Bible on April 14, 2014
Mary Anointed the Feet of Jesus

The scriptures from the old testament are often fulfilled in the new, and this is especially true in today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, when God said, “Here is my servant whom I uphold”.  God also said, in today’s first reading “this is my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I […]

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Palm Sunday: The Passion of Jesus Christ

Filed in Death, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Love on April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday: The Passion of Jesus Christ

Jesus was put to death because he claimed to be the son of God, and he is, this is Christ’s divinity. However, who could read the scriptures today and not feel Christ’s humanity? Jesus is the savior of the world, but he is also our friend. Jesus told us in another gospel that we were […]

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Jesus Draws All People To Himself

Filed in Catholic Church on April 12, 2014 2 Comments
Jesus Draws All People To Himself

The readings for mass today speak of unity, not division. In the first reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, God says he wants to heal his people from their sins and divisions and make of them a single nation. “I will make them one nation upon the land…and there shall be one prince […]

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Where to Find Solace When You are Hurting

Filed in Catholic Church, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Prophets on April 11, 2014
Where to Find Solace When You are Hurting

The readings for mass today are short, but painful. I’m sure most of us can relate to the words in all three of the readings for mass today. These words have probably been true for us as well, at some point in our lives even if it was a childhood experience. Children can be so […]

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Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today and Forever

Filed in Bible, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, New Testament, Old Testament on April 10, 2014
Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday and Today and Forever

It seems that a lot of Catholics prefer to focus mainly on the gospel, when they reflect on the readings for mass each day.  That seems to be the case with many of our priests’ homilies as well.  However, the old testament reading from the book of Genesis, along with the psalm and the gospel […]

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Three Men in the Furnace

Filed in Catholic Church on April 9, 2014
Three Men in the Furnace

The faith of the three men who were thrown into the furnace in the first reading for mass today is astonishing.  Can you imagine a more painful way to die than to be burned alive?  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew what they were facing if they disobeyed King Nebuchadnezzar, and yet they told him to […]

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Jesus Did What Was Pleasing to His Father

Filed in New Testament, Old Testament on April 8, 2014
Jesus Did What Was Pleasing to His Father

The old testament reading for mass today from the book of Numbers isn’t what it appears to be on the surface of things.   The words we read for mass today, were written about three thousand, four hundred years ago.  The age of these words are incomprehensible to many of us.  We have a hard time […]

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Suzanna’s Innocence and the Woman Caught in Adultery’s Guilt

Filed in Commandments, Forgiveness, Sin, Women of the Bible on April 7, 2014
Suzanna’s Innocence and the Woman Caught in Adultery’s Guilt

All three of the readings for mass today are very powerful.  In the first reading, a young boy named Daniel defended an innocent woman against those who accused her of adultery and had her sentenced to death.  In the gospel today, Jesus defended a woman who was guilty of adultery and was also sentenced to […]

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Jesus Raised Lazarus From the Dead

Filed in Death, Miracles, Women of the Bible on April 6, 2014
Jesus Raised Lazarus From the Dead

The readings for mass today are very powerful, beautiful and profound.  Other than Jesus’ own passion, death and resurrection, there is no other story in the gospels as profoundly beautiful as this account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The other readings for mass today pale in comparison to the gospel.  How can anything […]

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Nicodemus Recognized the Truth

Filed in Catholic Church, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Prophets on April 5, 2014 2 Comments
Nicodemus Recognized the Truth

The first reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah is similar to yesterday’s readings, because the readings reflect the negativity of the crowd. Negativity is something most of us would rather avoid.  To have other people ganged up against us is not what many people believe that Christianity is all about. We shouldn’t provoke […]

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Fourth Friday of Lent

Filed in Catholic Church, Lent on April 4, 2014
Fourth Friday of Lent

Today’s old testament reading for the fourth Friday of Lent, will also be read again on Good Friday.  The readings for mass today are an indication of things to come.  Is it possible we are approaching Good Friday in two weeks?  We are two thirds of the way through Lent already.  Where has the time […]

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