Reflections

Reflections

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yr A, February 5, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 2/03/23

Though the term “witness” is attached irrevocably to the exercise of religion, many Christians prefer to live like their fellow men and women in the world and ignore the import of the name Christian. The atheistic modern society would want Christians to change our beliefs to conform to the ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yr A, January 29, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 1/28/23

Jesus' mission statement, heard last Sunday says: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Today marks the announcement of His vision for the kingdom. Unlike the commandments of old that carried prohibitions, He issues benedictions. In place of “Thou shall not” we hear “You shall be blessed.” ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yr A, January 22, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 1/20/23

From the theme of “Manifestation to the Gentiles,” on the Epiphany of the Lord, to last Sunday’s theme of the “Lamb of God who takes away sins,” we’re greeted on this 3rd Sunday of the Year with the theme of “light that overpowers darkness.” The arrest of John the ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yr A, January 15, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 1/14/23

John the Baptist is unlike many of us in many ways. While we're more than happy to wash our hands of the responsibility for our hapless actions, and even blame others, including the devil (...the devil made me do it), we have a natural tendency to take the credit ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord, Yr A, January 8, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 1/06/23

Just a few days ago, we entered a new year. As one author described the New Year, it is a book with 365 blank pages. Each day of this 365 finds us filling a page of our journey. No day passes with no writing on our blank pages. Every ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God Yr A, January 1, 2023

Posted by John Wolf on 12/30/22

Whenever my friend Vera calls, she’ll ask, “What’s new?” So, whenever I see her number, I’ll go into search mode to figure out whether there’s anything new to share. People are obsessed with novelty—some dread things new while the majority are ever in search of something new—new dress, new ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Yr A, December 25, 2022

Posted by John Wolf on 12/23/22

It is important to note that the major celebrations of the life of Christ kick off at night. Think of Easter—the greatest feast of the Church, and Christmas—the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The idea that the world was filled with darkness until the light of Christ overcame ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent Yr A, December 18, 2022

Posted by John Wolf on 12/16/22

The German philosopher, Martin Heidegger, would love our first reading of today, which seems to align with his  strange attempt at theologizing, found in his article on “Building, Dwelling, Thinking.” Did you notice the play on words in that reading about building and dwelling in a house? David was ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent Yr A, December 11, 2022

Posted by John Wolf on 12/09/22

occasion in our life we’ve asked a similar question as John the Baptist did today. We often wonder and even ask Jesus: “Are you really the one who is supposed to save the world? Then, why are you not stepping up and doing it? See the mess in which ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent Yr A, December 4, 2022

Posted by John Wolf on 12/02/22

Years ago, I made the resolution not to watch the political media stations in TV. So, whenever, I find time in front of the TV, my channel of choice is the National Geographic Channel. There, the big cats—tigers, lions, Chita, leopards are the lords of the wild, and they ... Read More »

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