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Scripture Reflection

  • The election of the gentiles

    The election of the Gentiles is one of the great mysteries of Divine Providence in the economy of salvation.
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  • Wanting what is right for us

    God wants us to desire the right things. In the readings, he approaches Solomon, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you. Ask and you will receive,” Jesus echoes (Matthew 7:7).
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  • The word of God

    Some years ago it was reported in The New York Times that some Wall Street executives attended Bible study groups: “The meeting... begins with a prayer: ‘Lord, help us apply the truths in your words to our business lives.’ … A passage from Scripture is then read and prayerfully discussed.” Speaking about the importance of these meetings, one executive said, “If I couldn’t come here, I don’t know what I would do!”
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  • Divine encouragement and inspiration

    Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines the word “encourage” as “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope.” The word “inspire” has a similar definition: “To influence, move, or guide the intellect or emotions” but includes “by divine or supernatural action or power.”
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  • ‘Come along in our company, receive us as your own’

    The Gospel passage from John suggests that being saved means we actively believe in God as proof that we are not condemned: “Whoever does not believe has already been condemned.”
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  • The Ascension of the Lord

    When Jesus was taken up to heaven and took his seat at the right hand of the Father, some may think that he abandoned his disciples.
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  • The face of the Father

    Is Peter speaking to all Christians when he exhorts his readers to be built up into a holy priesthood, or is he addressing himself only to “the priests” of the church? And what is priesthood all about anyway?
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  • The way, the truth and the life

    The Road to Emmaus, seven miles and 50 paces from Jerusalem, is the Road to Faith in the Risen Lord Jesus, Who is signified by the eighth mile, having inaugurated the Eighth Day of Creation by His Resurrection.
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  • Faith means hope without ‘seeing’

    Both great writers George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis affirm, “seeing is not believing.” Sight does not make faith. As humans, our reason desires a kind of satisfaction from seeing the truth, but seeing cannot make us believe. Faith means hope without “seeing.”
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  • The power of the cross

    There is a story from William Barclay about a missionary in rural India who had just finished telling the story of Jesus to a crowd of people.
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  • The perils of Christian testimony

    If you’ve heard one story of Jesus curing a blind man you’ve pretty much heard them all, whether it be of Jesus smearing mud paste, simply touching the man’s eyes, whether the man cries out to the “Son of David” or first experiences his cure by seeing people who look like “walking trees,” after which Jesus sternly orders them to tell no one.
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  • Separating the things of this world from the things of eternity

    Today’s Gospel contains one of the most realistic statements in Scripture: “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan?” Jesus tells his disciples how to set their priorities with regard to material possessions, inviting them to learn dependence on God from the birds in the sky, the flowers in the field.
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  • With God, all things are possible

    Do you ever stop and wonder sometimes why the Mass is organized the way it is, why this or that “part” is situated as it is relative to the other “parts”?
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  • Jesus shows the way

    What is morality? Why does God give us commandments? Why should I care about doing good and avoiding evil? Why should I care about right and wrong? Why does it matter what I do or how I act?
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  • King servant our Lord

    Typically kings possess an entourage of personal staff that proves to be as functional as it is impressive. But there is always one who races ahead of the pack to broadcast the king’s movements to the people.
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  • Setting us free from our knots

    I tell anyone who asks that the most enjoyable part of my life is the time I get to spend with the elementary school kids at St. Peter and St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception in the Mission District.
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  • Rejoice: He is near

    This Sunday is “Gaudete Sunday” (“Rejoice”), so named from the first word of the Introit (Entrance Chant) for the Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent, which is taken from St. Paul’s command proclaimed in our Second Reading to the Philippians and to us: “Rejoice in the Lord always! I say it again: Rejoice!
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  • God’s faithfulness stays through all our missteps

    It is rare to hear anything from Baruch’s short six chapters, but for this Sunday’s readings we get an interesting excerpt.
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  • Called to serve the king

    On this last Sunday of the church’s liturgical year, we focus our attention on Jesus as the king of the universe. What a divine irony there was on Calvary when the cross became his instrument of victory, and a condemned thief was the first to be assured of a place in his kingdom.
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  • His people, living and dead, will be victorious

    Years ago a popular bumper sticker read: “Stop the world! I want to get off!” It reflected the frustration, anger, and helplessness at the insanity in the world. Aren’t we too at times exasperated by the world and national events?
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