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Daily Gospel reflections: Jesus wants us at his side

‘Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.’ Then Judas,
 his betrayer, said in reply, ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi?’ (Matthew 26:24-25). Two awed apostles, two different endings. …

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Daily Gospel reflections: Trusting God in painful times

‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ (John 13:27) Humans instinctively seek to preserve their lives. We marvel and give honors to persons who put their life in jeopardy to save another. Jesus steps out of the very human pattern of self-preservation,…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Give God your love

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair. (John 12:3) Many years ago, I remember passing a florist shop and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great to give some flowers…

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Daily Gospel reflections: God’s loving protection

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. I will multiply them and put my sanctuary among them forever. (Ezekiel 37:26) On the floor at the rear of a church in San Salvador is a plaque memorializing an ev…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Finding peace in Jesus’ cross

‘Pray to the Lord to take the serpents from us.’ (Numbers 21:7) “Sister,” blurted frustrated 10-year-old Marion during language arts, “sometimes I get so mad life kinda chokes me.” Like young Marion and the Israelites, we all have personal …

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Daily Gospel reflections: Learning to patiently trust God

Like a trusting lamb led to slaughter. (Jeremiah 11:19) Unfortunately, I have known some people who have had their trust in others shaken to its core: a married woman with an infant is left by her spouse and left with no income; a child is physically a…

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Daily Gospel reflections: God ‘cares about our pain’

See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth. (Isaiah 65:17) It would be nice if the most important questions in life had clearer answers than they do. Why are we here? Why do we suffer? What has God to do with it all? Why doesn’t Christ heal all tho…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Finding self-renewal in the Lord

Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me. (Pslam 51:3-4) A few years ago during Lent, I began praying the Liturgy of the …

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