Reflections

Reflections

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent Yr B, March 21th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 3/19/21

I listened to a speech recently in which the speaker used the expression, “Wrong Way Corrigan” and I searched what that expression meant. That expression was how the media on July 18, 1938 dubbed a flight by aviator, Douglas Corrigan, who initiated a flight from Floyd Bennett Field in ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Lent Yr B, March 14th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 3/13/21

Like Advent, Lent has a “Rejoice or Rose Sunday” when the rose vestments are worn and the altar could be decorated with flowers in joyful anticipation of Easter. In Advent it is called Gaudete Sunday; in Lent we call the Rose Sunday, Laetare Sunday, taken from the first word ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Yr B, March 7th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 3/05/21

I’m not interested in Wall Street; kindly excuse my nonchalance. The DOW and NASDAQ may go up or down all they want; I’ll be unmoved. Don’t be shocked at my confession. My attitude isn’t that of a dimwit uninformed  about the workings of an economic system. My ignorance is ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Yr B February 28th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 2/26/21

Whether you think that God’s demand for Abraham to sacrifice his only son is unreasonable or merely a test of his fidelity, or even as some argue, an outright rejection of human sacrifice, the account of Abraham’s interface with God is, like Noah’s account that we read last Sunday, ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Lent Yr B February 21st, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 2/19/21

Six weeks into the Ordinary time season, we’re putting a hold on it to memorialize the events that brought about our redemption, namely, the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. We’re once again given this opportunity to lift our hearts to God on high in the words of an ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr B February 14th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 2/13/21

Thank God I wasn’t a priest during the time of the Leviticus when priests, more or less, served as dermatologists who diagnosed skin diseases and decided who was to be banished to the leper colony or reinstated to the clean yard. Or maybe, I am—in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr B February 7th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 2/05/21

Jesus steps into the perilous territory of evil and the demonic, not with trepidation, but with power and authority. Last Sunday, we saw Him strike that domain with valor, forcing a man out of the throes of demonic oppression. Yet, for every single person freed, Satan holds two more ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr B January 31st, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 1/29/21

It was Holy Saturday, the year 2017. All the priests at the cathedral helped with confessions from noon until 3.00pm. I saw the last penitent in line and requested confession from one of the guest priests who usually comes from a nearby parish to help. Meanwhile, the other priests ... Read More »

Fr. Jo's Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr B January 24th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 1/22/21

As you listen to the readings of this Sunday, the picture begins to unravel why the Ordinary time is not just “ordinary.” Consistent with what an average farmer does as he prepares to go to farm or a surgeon as she plans the day’s operations at the theater or ... Read More »

Fr. Jo’s Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Yr B January 17th, 2021

Posted by John Wolf on 1/16/21

First, let’s set the course for the abrupt change in our liturgical taste or style today. You remember that last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. As John baptized Jesus in the Jordan river, it marked a new manifestation of the trinity of persons in ... Read More »

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