60 Second Reflections

    The White Envelope

    The White Envelope
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    The White Envelope   by Nancy Gavin Editor’s Note: This is a true story that is provided to us by the family of the author. Even though Nancy passed away two...

    Your Legacy

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    In today's first reading from Isaiah 11, we hear a name that pops up every year during Advent and approaching Christmas: Jesse. We see it at the beginning and end...

    Not Worthy

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    In the Gospel today from Matthew 8, we see an encounter between Jesus and a centurion. The centurion tells Jesus about a servant of his who is suffering terribly. When...

    The Day is at Hand

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    Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year. Happy New Year! We begin the year (the season of Advent) by preparing for what is...

    Pray for Strength

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    Today is kind of New Year's Eve for Catholics. It is the end of the liturgical year. Tomorrow is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical...

    Alive in Our Hearts

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    In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 13, Jesus says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” And so it has been. Seasons come and go....

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Happy Thanksgiving! I have a link to today’s readings at the bottom of today’s post. But rather than comment on the readings, I...

    Wisdom From Jesus

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    Christianity has to be from God. Why do I say this? Because Jesus told His disciples again and again what they were in for. “They will seize and persecute you,...

    A Winning Formula

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    In today’s readings, we get lots more end times stuff. In the Gospel reading from Luke 21, Jesus talks about things to look for near the end. Many of these...

    New Good Morning Child of God! Gifts

    New Good Morning Child of God! Gifts
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    Ever since we started offering Good Morning Child of God! coffee mugs, people have been asking when we are going to get shirts and other apparel. Well, that time has...

    Generosity and Trust

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    In today’s first reading from Revelation 14, we see once again the figure of the Lamb. He has with him a hundred and forty-four thousand who have his name and...

    The Perfect King

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    Today the Church celebrates the end of the liturgical year. Fittingly enough, it is the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, or more commonly referred to...

    Post-Resurrection Life

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    In the Gospel from Luke 20, some Saducees, who don’t believe in the resurrection of the body, throw a trick question at Jesus about who a woman would be married...

    Sweet and Sour

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    In the Gospel reading today from Luke 19, we see Jesus cleansing the temple area of those who are selling things. He says, “It is written, My house shall be...

    You Have Been Purchased

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    Today's Gospel reading from Luke 19 is quite sad. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and prophesies about its destruction.  In the first reading from Revelation 5, we see two interesting things...

    Eternal Investing

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    In the first reading today from Revelation 4, we see in John’s vision of heaven some very strange looking creatures. These are the passages in Revelation that sometimes throw people...

    A Spiritual Temperature Check

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    Our Gospel reading today is the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. It is a great story of repentance and redemption. In the first reading today from Revelation 3, we...

    If I Could Truly See

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    As we approach the end of the liturgical year, our first readings are from the Book of Revelation. Today we hear the Lord telling those who have "backslidden," "Repent, and...

    Yet Another Paradox

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    In today’s Gospel passage from Luke 21, Jesus talks about some of the fun things that his disciples could expect. Check it out…”They will seize and persecute you, they will...

    Pestering God?

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    In today's Gospel reading from Luke 18, Jesus tells a parable about an unjust judge. A widow comes to him seeking a judgment, but he refuses. The widow, however, kept...

    "Progressive"

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    Is the Bible "political"? I suppose that depends on one's definition of the word and point of view. Perhaps the definition of a particular word in today's first reading from...

    Diversionary Tactics

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    In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 17, the Pharisees ask Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. What they didn’t realize was that they were standing in it. Jesus...

    Zeal is Good

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    Today the Church celebrates the Feast of he Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. This Basilica, constructed by the Emperor Constantine, is called the mother church of Christendom. The readings today...

    How to Live in a Godless World

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    In today’s first reading from Titus 2, St. Paul has advice for everyone – older men, older women, younger women and younger men. Yep! I think that covers us all!...

    Avoid the Millstone

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    In today’s first reading from Titus 1, St. Paul talks about the attributes of a bishop. “Blameless, not arrogant, not irritable, not a drunkard, not aggressive, not greedy for sordid...

    God of the Living

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    The first reading today from 2 Maccabees is an amazing story of courage in the face of terrible persecution. Read it for yourself, because it ties directly in with today’s...

    Choosing Whom to Serve

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    In the Gospel reading from Luke 16, Jesus talks about how it is impossible to serve two masters. “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and...

    A Balanced Mind

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    Today's first reading from Philippians 3 is so appropriate for Americans, given the state of our nation. St. Paul starts out by talking about people who "conduct themselves as enemies...

    When We Lose Our Way

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    As Christians, we know that our confidence can be found in God alone. When we have confidence in our flesh, we are in big trouble. Because the flesh will always...

    Feast of All Souls

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    Today we celebrate All Souls Day. On this feast (and throughout the month of November) we pray for the souls of the faithful departed. To many non-Catholic Christians, this seems...

    Celebrating the Communion of Saints

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    Today is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, so if you haven't attended Mass yet, plan to go celebrate! As Catholics, we profess our...

    Repayment? Forget It

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    In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 14, Jesus is dining at the home of a leading Pharisee and He addresses his host. He tells His host not to invite mucky-mucks...

    A Story of Redemption

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    The character in today’s Gospel passage from Luke 19 is a favorite of kids the world over. Every time I read this story, I can hear the little song in...

    The Tension of the Christian

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    As Christians, heaven is our goal. We want to spend eternity with God. And we know that heaven is going to be perfection - as in, way better than this...

    Saint of Hopeless Causes

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    Today is the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles. Typically I do your :60 on the daily Scripture readings. But I want to veer from the format today. The...

    Put on the Armor of God!

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    In today’s first reading from Ephesians 6, St. Paul tells us to “put on the armor of God.” He goes on to explain just what that is. More in a...

    Listen Up, Dads!

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    In today’s first reading, St. Paul addresses dads. Any time I tackle this topic it is fraught with peril, mainly because so many households now are single parent households where...

    Husbands and Wives and Christ

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    In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 13, Jesus tells two short parables about the Kingdom of God. The first compares the Kingdom to a mustard seed, the other to yeast....

    BE Love

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    In the Gospel reading today from Luke 13, Jesus heals a woman who has been crippled for eighteen years. He does this on the sabbath. This infuriates the leader of...

    The Sin of Pride

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    In the Gospel reading from Luke 18, Jesus tells a parable about two people praying in the temple. A Pharisee thanks God that he is not like all the low-lifes...

    Your Choice in Death

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    In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 13, some people tell Jesus about some Jews who had been killed by Pilate. Jesus’ response is telling. “Do you think that because these...

    Interpreting the Times

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    In our first reading today from Ephesians 4, St. Paul urges his readers to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness,...

    Knowing Christ's Love

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    Jesus is something of a paradox. While we know He is the Prince of Peace, He says in today's Gospel reading from Luke 12, "Do you think that I have...

    Great Expectations

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    In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus tells a parable of two servants, one faithful, the other unfaithful. Have you ever wondered what God expects of you? Dumb question,...

    Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist

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    Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Luke. St. Luke is the author of two books of the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles....

    Possessions

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    In today's Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus gives the crowd a warning. "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not...

    Do No Grow Weary

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    In today's Gospel reading from Luke 18, "Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." He then goes on to tell...

    The Silent Denial

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    In the first reading today from Ephesians 1:15-23, St. Paul prays that “the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to...

    Why We're Here

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    Do you know why you're here? I mean big picture - why do you exist? I believe we find the answer in today's first reading from Ephesians 1. "In Christ we were...

    Chosen to be Holy

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    In the first reading today, we begin reading St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This will be a very rich couple of weeks as we go through the book of...

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