Browsing the July 2019 archive of Scripture Reflection by Father Steve

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 28, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/30/19

Are you guilty of spiritual stockpiling? Spiritual stockpiling isn't an endless rotation of rosaries and novenas. It's accumulating emotional "goods" to meet your needs. Perhaps it's a collection of material objects you treasure. Maybe it's a preoccupation with money. It could also be relationships, making sure there's always enough ... Read More »

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 21, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/30/19

 

In the Gospel today Jesus makes a visit to see Martha and Mary; they were sisters of Lazarus.  Their home was near Jerusalem, and it appears that Jesus was a frequent visitor.  Mary sits at the feet of Jesus listening to him and visiting with him.  Martha, on ... Read More »

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 14, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/11/19

Today the Gospel gives us the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It’s a parable we’ve heard many times.  An individual had been robbed and beaten.  Several people saw what had happened but they passed by.  It’s hard to tell what the motivations were of those who ignored the man ... Read More »

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 7, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

This Sunday, Jesus reminds us that "the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." As Catholic disciples, we are the laborers that the Master is sending. All around us are opportunities to share the love and mercy of Jesus Christ - our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, even ... Read More »

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 30

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

Some conversion stories people tell are so profound and meaningful that they make you want to invent a story for yourself. Some of us have these type of stories to tell, but most of us can only tell stories of slowly coming into a greater maturity of faith over ... Read More »

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - June 23, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

In today’s Gospel we hear of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. The people were in need and Jesus provided for them.  Jesus provides food for their journey as a foreshadowing of the Eucharist.

The Lord is present to us in a number of ways.  Jesus is present ... Read More »

The Most Holy Trinity - June 16, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

If God is one, how can He be three? The most intelligent theologians have racked their brains over the problem, and the most prayerful ones have surrendered to the mystery. How it can be, we can't explain. But what it means, we can join! Our God is an ever-unfolding ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday - June 9, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

"God is always more." Have you ever heard that? If we truly believe that He is infinite, then this statement is worth exploring. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in power upon the early Church. But Pentecost wasn't the first time the disciples received the Holy ... Read More »

The Ascension of the Lord - Seventh Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

Where did he go? Many times when we think of those who have died, we imagine escape from this world to a purely spiritual place. Jesus' Ascension can leave us in a place of confusion. What happens to Jesus? And why does this matter to us?  The Ascension has ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter - May 26, 2019

Posted by Laura Leibfried on 7/03/19

The Hebrews saw God as intimately involved with the fate of their people. But for all His care, God was still distant to most. He spoke through prophets and was represented in blazes of fire and pillars of cloud. Priests offered animal sacrifice to atone for the nation's sins. ... Read More »