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November 27, 2016 First Sunday in Advent

Posted by Michelle Covey on 12/21/15

Scripture Reflection First Sunday in Advent

"But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand." Jesus instructs his disciples to take this posture of confidence in the midst of a terribly disturbing situation. Describing his second coming, Jesus says ... Read More »

November 22, 2015-Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

Posted by Michelle Covey on 12/21/15

The gospel today is about the kingship of Jesus. If Jesus is king what kind of king is he? This is the subject of the back and forth between Jesus and Pilate. Pilate’s understanding of kingship has to do with political power. Jesus, on the other hand, is speaking ... Read More »

October 4, 2015-Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

       The Pharisees would sometimes try to paint Jesus into a corner by asking questions about sensitive issues. They would usually pose the question in such a way that no matter how Jesus would answer, it wouldn’t be right. Whenever Jesus was asked one of these kind of questions ... Read More »

October 11, 2015-Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

Today in the Gospel we hear about the rich young man who encounters Jesus. He wants to know what he needs to do to inherit everlasting life. There is no doubt that the rich man is sincere, but he didn’t realize how much he was controlled by his wealth. ... Read More »

October 18, 2015- Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

         It is clear from the Gospel that the apostles still didn’t understand Jesus’ mission. They were thinking of Jesus mission in terms of worldly power. They wanted to share in that “worldly” authority. Jesus tries to show them the true nature of discipleship. He says to them, “Whoever ... Read More »

October 25,2015 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

     The Gospel today tells of the encounter with Bartimaeus, who was blind. When Jesus calls him, he immediately comes to him. When Jesus asks him what he desires, he responds that he wants to see again. There is no specific gesture of healing on Jesus’ part. He simply ... Read More »

November 1, 2015-Solemnity of All Saints

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

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On this solemnity of All Saints, let us turn to the saints' reflections upon Christ's beatitudes. Blessed are…

... the poor in spirit: "Not even God can put anything in a heart that is already full" --Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

... they ... Read More »

November 8, 2015 Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

       Whenever Jesus sees something wrong or unjust he will confront it. Jesus can be particularly critical of the scribes and Pharisees. The scribes and Pharisees were the religious leaders. In the gospel today, Jesus reserves his comments for the scribes. The scribes were important. The problem was that ... Read More »

November 15, 2015-Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 11/10/15

     What were the motives for Jesus to talk about the “end times”? In the gospel today, a type of writing called “apocalyptic” is used. It’s an imagery used to give hope to God’s people, especially those under persecution of any kind. Jesus says “the sun will be darkened, ... Read More »

September 27, 2015 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Michelle Covey on 9/22/15

The Gospel today gives a number of sayings that place emphasis on the “little ones”. The ‘”little ones” isn’t a reference to children. It is a reference to those who are new to the faith, or the needy or the weak, or those who are just trying to make ... Read More »