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Scripture Reflection

  • Romantic and realistic views of responding to God

    We can romanticize the response of Samuel. He hears a call in the night and responds, “Here I am.” The standard spiritual reflection is, “How can I respond to the call of God? How can I be obedient like Samuel?”
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  • Who am I and what is my mission?

    The first three readings for the third Sunday of Advent remind people to rejoice – to be optimistic, hopeful, forward-looking and confident in God’s goodness, intervention, nearness, healing power and restorative presence.
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  • Facing up to our sin

    In the first reading, Isaiah tells us that God comes into our lives as comfort for our sorrow, as glory for our wonder, as power for our weakness, and as reward for our faithfulness.
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  • What kind of King do you believe in?

    What kind of King do you believe in? Do you sometimes believe that Jesus is a thief who is in the business of stealing things from you and asking you to give things up? That he is always asking you to suffer and sacrifice? That he is depriving you of things you need or deserve to have and enjoy? That he’s all about making your life miserable, hard, and dull?
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  • Making the most of our gifts

    Meditation on the Last Things is the spirituality of the Church’s Liturgy in the month of November. In the liturgical year’s final month, we are confronted by the sometimes-stark reality of the Last Things: That we will die one day, that this death will be followed by our particular judgment by Jesus Christ, and that each human person will be forever be either in heaven or in hell.
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  • The kingdom of heaven will be like …

    Since the kingdom of God is beyond human comprehension, Jesus’ parables each offer a dimension of the kingdom to help us understand it.
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  • ‘Keep working on love’

    “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” is Richard Bach’s allegorical story about our search for meaning and perfection.
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  • Just behind the veil

    At the conclusion of the novel “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (the fifth of the series), Harry is mourning the death of Sirius Black, his godfather and close friend. The manner of death was being blown through a mysterious stone arch, a thin veil covering the entrance, behind which could be heard faint, whispering voices.
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  • Is the will of God a guessing game?

    How do we know what God’s will for us is? Do we have to guess what God wants – what we should do or choose? What if we guess badly?
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  • Scripture reflection: Ongoing forgiveness

    In the first reading, a wise teacher encourages us to be merciful, when we forgive, we reflect the gracious love and merciful character of God.
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  • Making a good death

    Which is it? Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? It no doubt goes both ways. What’s interesting is the regularity with which certain themes come up time and again. Take, for example, death.
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  • 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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