60 Second Reflections

    Loving Your Enemies

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    Jesus was really good at tell His disciples to think outside the box. Take today's Gospel reading, for example. “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for...

    The Grudge Pact

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    Are God's ways fair? I daresay that many would say no. (One of the reasons why we're so good at making our own rules.) The children of Israel didn't seem...

    Celebrating a Chair?

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    Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Some might look at that and say, “Boy, you Catholics are really strange! Imagine celebrating a piece of...

    The Signs are Everywhere

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    The first reading today is from Jonah 3. Jonah goes into the city of Nineveh and calls them to repent. Jonah comes up again in the Mass. In the Gospel...

    The Blueprint

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    What a beautiful reading today from Isaiah 55. We’ll talk about it in a moment. Our Gospel reading today from Matthew 6 is where Jesus teaches his disciples to pray....

    I Was Hungry

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    “The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.” That is the first line in today’s Responsorial Psalm from Psalm 19. In the first reading from Leviticus, we hear...

    What is the Gospel?

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    In today's Gospel reading from Mark 1, we read about Jesus going out into the desert for forty days before beginning His public ministry. He opens His public ministry with...

    Seeing the Doctor

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    We hear more today about things that are pleasing to God in our first reading from Isaiah 58. The Lord also talks about how we should conduct ourselves on the...

    Fasting

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    Today's readings are about fasting. In the first reading from Isaiah 58, we read about God's idea of a pleasing fast. (Hint: It has nothing to do with giving up...

    Choose Life

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    In our first reading today from Deuteronomy, Moses tells the people what they must do in order to enter the promised land. Obey the commandments of the Lord, love Him,...

    Back to the Basics

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    Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of another journey through Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days. If you count the days from today to Easter, you’ll note that there are...

    Tempted

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    In our first reading today from James 1, St. James talks about temptation. This is a subject that comes up at the end of the Lord’s Prayer. More in a...

    Bring on the Joy!

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    For our first reading today, we begin the Letter of St. James. James is one of those books in the Bible that it would be very good for us to...

    Spread the Word!

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    In today's first reading from Leviticus, we read about what happened to someone with leprosy in the Old Testament. In our Gospel reading from Mark 1, Jesus heals a leper....

    Pulling a Fast One

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    In the first reading today from 1 Kings 12 and 13, we read about Jeroboam. Jeroboam was one of the kings of Israel. He was not a good guy. More...

    Why We're Deaf and Mute

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    Jesus performs another miracle in today’s Gospel reading from Mark 7. He takes a deaf mute away from the crowds and heals him. The people were astonished and said, “He...

    It Can Happen to Anyone

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    In the Gospel reading today from Mark 7, we see the power of perseverance in prayer. A Greek woman, not a daughter of Israel, comes to Jesus asking that He...

    Things That Defile

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    When I was a kid, my mom always used to use the phrase “The Queen of Sheba” to describe a person (or sometimes a dog) who thought they were all...

    Tradition and Truth

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    In today’s first reading from 1 Kings 8, Solomon stand before the altar in the magnificent temple that he had built and offers up a prayer to God. This is...

    Jesus' Healing Power

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    Jesus was quite popular. In today's Gospel reading from Mark 6, we see that as soon as people recognized Jesus, they ran to get their sick friends and relatives to...

    Everyone is Looking for You

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    In the Gospel reading today from Mark 1, Jesus leaves early in the morning, before the sun came up, to go off to a deserted place to pray. Simon and...

    Asking for Wisdom

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    In today’s first reading from 1 Kings 3, we meet Solomon. Solomon’s father, David, had just died. The son had ascended to the throne of Israel. More in a moment....

    Presenting Our Children

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    Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The Jewish people “presented” their children to the Lord in the temple shortly after their birth. In the first...

    Operating Without a Net

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    David had a long and adventurous life. In today’s first reading from 1 Kings 2, we read about the death of David. “The length of David’s reign over Israel was...

    The Reach of Sin

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    Familiarity breeds contempt. We've all heard that old saying. We see it play out today in the life of Jesus in our Gospel reading from Mark 6. The people most...

    God's Will and Our Children

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    Today’s readings center around children. In the first reading from 2 Samuel 18, we see the tragic story of King David’s son Absalom. Absalom had become his father’s mortal enemy,...

    Hearing the Uncomfortable

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    In today's readings, we see two people who hear things that probably made them uncomfortable. In the first reading from 2 Samuel 15 and 16, a man comes upon David...

    Harden Not Your Hearts

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    The first reading and the Gospel today have to do with how God speaks to us. In the first reading from Deuteronomy, God promises he will raise one like Moses...

    That Painful Mirror

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    David had sinned greatly. This did not escape the LORD’s notice. More in a moment. In today’s Gospel reading from Mark 4, Jesus and His disciples are in a boat...

    Cowardice

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    Today is the Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. Both were co-laborers with St. Paul, and both received letters from him which are included in the New Testament. (There are...

    Knocked Off Your Horse

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    Today is the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. We see the story of Saul’s (Paul’s birth name) conversion in two places in Acts of the Apostles. In chapter...

    Seeds of Grace

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    Today's Gospel reading is the parable of the sower from Mark 4. Jesus tells a story of a man who goes out and sows seeds all over. The seeds fall...

    Praising with Abandon

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    When it comes to God, the family is pretty large. What do I mean? In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says, “For whoever does the will of God is my brother...

    Praying for Life

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    Today is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. A sad day, indeed. In the U.S., today is the Day of Prayer for...

    The Call to Repent

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    The theme that runs through our readings today is repentance. In the first reading, Jonah goes through the great city of Nineveh and tells the people the time has come...

    He is Out of His Mind

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    For the first reading today, we start in 2 Samuel. Saul and his son, Jonathan, David’s best friend, have been killed in battle. David laments the death of these two...

    Mercy

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    King Saul and David had a real on again/off again relationship. In today's reading from 1 Samuel 24, we see it being off again. Saul is hunting David down. Saul...

    Jealous

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    Goliath was dead. You would think that King Saul would be overjoyed that David, one of his own, had slain the Philistine. And he was…for a short time. More in...

    Defeating Your Golaith

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    In the Gospel reading today from Mark 3, Jesus has another run-in with the Pharisees about the sabbath. Jesus asks them, “Is it lawful to do good ont he sabbath...

    Not as Man Sees

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    In today’s first reading from 1 Samuel 16, we read about the anointing of David. More on that in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Mark 2, Jesus is...

    Obedience is Better

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    In the first reading today from 1 Samuel 15, we see a bit of the sneakiness of King Saul. Samuel has to call him out on it. More in a...

    Where is Jesus Staying?

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    In today's Gospel reading from John 1, we read about the call of the first disciples. Two of John's disciples hear John say of Jesus, "Behold, the Lamb of God."...

    The Call of Levi

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    Today's Gospel reading from Mark 2 is about the call of Levi. Not sure who Levi is? We know him better as Matthew. He was a tax collector. Jesus sees...

    Be Careful What You Wish For

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    If you have children (especially teenagers), you’ll relate to today’s reflection. More in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Mark 2, we read the story of a paralytic lowered...

    Lessons from Adversity

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    When we choose to follow God, life ain’t always a bed of roses. I’m sure you’ve experienced this. Challenges still come our way. People we love get sick and die. Certainly there are times where we experience illness, pain, broken relationships, terrible defeats. It’s nothing new. In our first reading today from 1 Samuel 4, […]

    Your Servant is Listening

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    In the first reading today, we're in 1 Samuel 3, reading about the call of Samuel. It is a story that we can take lessons from. In the Gospel reading...

    Deceptive Appearances

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    Welcome back to Ordinary Time! Since the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was yesterday, we begin Ordinary Time today. The first reading is from 1 Samuel 1:9-20. You...

    The Baptism of the Lord

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    Today marks the end of the Christmas season, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today we read in Mark 1 about Jesus coming to John the Baptist to...

    Awakening

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    Today is the Feast of Epiphany. We celebrate the time when the three Wise Men, a.k.a Three Kings or Magi, appeared to offer gifts to Jesus. Such an interesting story...

    The Process of Victory

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    There are two options for a Gospel reading today. One is the genealogy of Jesus from Luke 3. The other is from Mark 1, where Jesus is baptized in the...

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