Daily Reflections

(Isaiah 61)

December 17, 2017

“The spirit of God is upon me. He has anointed me and sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Reflection: This is one of the most profound of all Isaiah&rsqu...

David (Psalm 80)

December 16, 2017

“O Shepherd of Israel, take care of this vine and protect what your right hand has planted.” Reflection: David’s imagery is especially meaningful to those ...

(Isaiah 48)

December 15, 2017

“Thus says the Lord, I will teach you and lead you on the way you should go.” Reflection: Isaiah’s words are reflective of the Good Shepherd, whose whole l...

Jesus (Matthew 16)

December 14, 2017

“Whoever wishes to come after me, must take up his cross.” Reflection: The words of Jesus are plain and simple. We cannot be his disciples without confronting su...

(Isaiah 40)

December 13, 2017

“Do you not know, the Lord does not grow weary. He gives strength to the fainting and he renew hope to soar, as with eagle’s wings.”      Refl...

(Gospel Acclamation)

December 12, 2017

“Blessed are you holy, Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise. From you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.” Reflection: Just what was it about Mary that set ...

(Isaiah 35)

December 11, 2017

“Strengthen the hands that are feeble. Make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened, be strong, fear not. Here is your God.” Reflec...

(Isaiah 40)

December 10, 2017

“In the desert prepare the way for the Lord. In the wasteland, a highway. Fear not to cry out, here is your God!” Reflection: Isaiah wants us to be aware that th...

(Isaiah 30)

December 9, 2017

“He will give rain for the seed. He will bind up our wounds and heal our bruises. Reflection: Isaiah is constantly reminding us of the caring, comforting Messiah who i...

(Luke 1)

December 8, 2017

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” Reflection: “. . . full of grace.” —full of God! What must that ...

(Isaiah 26)

December 7, 2017

“Trust in the Lord forever! For the Lord is an eternal rock.” Reflection: To trust is to place one’s confidence in another’s reliability. Prayer: ...

(Gospel Acclamation)

December 6, 2017

“Behold the Lord comes to save his people; blessed are those prepared to meet him.” Reflection: Judging from the reception that Jesus received, there were many w...

(Isaiah 11)

December 5, 2017

“On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him.” Reflection: Those...

(Gospel Acclamation)

December 4, 2017

“Come and save us Lord, our God. Let your face shine upon us that we may be saved.” Reflection: As we begin the season of Advent, we fasten a new our focus on th...

(Isaiah 63)

December 3, 2017

“No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen any God but you, doing such deeds for those who wait for you.” Reflection: Isaiah assures us that if we but wait for our...

(Luke 21)

December 2, 2017

Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not let the anxieties of daily life catch you by surprise. Be vigilant at all times and pray.” Reflection: Daily anxieties are j...

(Gospel Acclamation)

December 1, 2017

“Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Reflection: We tend to think of redemption as something yet to come. Perhaps it resides in...

Jesus (Matthew 4)

November 30, 2017

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee he saw Peter and Andrew casting their nets and he said, “Follow me.” And they did.      Reflection: Peter and...

(Collect)

November 29, 2017

“Stir up the will of you faithful O Lord, that we may bring your work to fruitful completion.      Reflection: We have been anointed “children of t...

David (Psalm 85)

November 28, 2017

“The Lord speaks of peace to his people, to those who turn to him.” Reflection: How we hunger and thirst for peace in our world today. Perhaps it is because we d...

Jesus (Luke 21)

November 27, 2017

Jesus noticed wealthy people donating money along with a poor widow giving two small coins. He said, “This poor woman has given more than all of you put together.” ...

(Ezekiel 34)

November 26, 2017

“The Lord says, “I myself will tend my sheep. I will rescue them from darkness. I will give them rest.” Reflection: The Good Shepherd is the ultimate image...

David (Psalm 73)

November 25, 2017

“To be near God is my happiness and my hope.” Reflection: Is God really our “happiness and our hope” or just someone we turn to in time of need? P...

(Matthew 21:12)

November 24, 2017

Jesus entered the temple to pray and found their people using it as a market place. He drove them out and the priests began looking for a way to put him to death. Reflection:...

David (Psalm 116)

November 23, 2017

“How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” Reflection: There is a saying, “. . . gratitude is the sign of a gracious soul.” Prayer: L...