Category Archives: Weekly Reflections

God promised Abraham land and a long lineage upon it. Abraham believed, but his wife laughed at the idea that she would give birth at age 90. Generations later, Zechariah and Elizabeth had a son in their old age, despite Zechariah’s doubts. Their son, John the Baptist, introduced Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus acknowledged that following Him entails hardship, but He taught in easy-to-remember parables and sayings. He also rewarded faith. A leper approached Jesus, hoping that the Lord would desire to cure him. A centurion, accustomed to issuin

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A Pharisee named Nicodemus went to talk to the Lord one night and questioned Him about the meaning of rebirth as a requisite for seeing God’s kingdom. Nicodemus would later recommend that the Sanhedrin do more fact-gathering before condemning Jesus. After the miraculous multiplication of five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of thousands, Jesus stayed behind for a while. Then He walked on water and brought the Disciples’ wind-rocked boat immediately to shore from miles out before His friends even brought him on board. God does not ration

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Infuriated people in Nazareth drove Jesus out of His hometown after He compared His experience there to the treatment of Elijah and Elisha. Rejected by the Israelites, those prophets became bearers of miracles to a poor widow in Sidon and a leper in Syria. We may question the sincerity of repeated apologies for wrongdoing against us, but we respond mercifully if we ask, “Who’s counting?” Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength might seem to leave no room for loving neighbors, except that the Lord taught us to see Him in pe

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In accordance with Mosaic Law, Mary and Joseph presented the infant Jesus in the Temple. There, a devout man named Simeon recognized the Child as fulfillment of a revelation that he would live to see the Christ. Magi defied King Herod’s instruction to report back to him after finding the newborn King, but Herod soon irately ordered the killing of boys aged two or younger anywhere near Bethlehem. Warned by an angel to flee, Joseph took the Holy Family to Egypt until after Herod’s death. Time went on, and John the Baptist told religious leade

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Belief comes as a blessing. The angel Gabriel proclaimed a wondrous plan to Mary, chosen to give birth to the Son of God. The angel also said that Mary’s kinswoman Elizabeth, childless into old age, had miraculously conceived a son. When Mary greeted her, Elizabeth felt the exuberant movement of her unborn child (John the Baptist) and called Mary blessed for believing the Lord’s message. Elizabeth’s husband had his doubts at first but later gave their son the name told to him by an angel. On the first Christmas, the night became glorious

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Joseph knew that Mary’s expected child wasn’t his. Under Mosaic Law, pretending otherwise would result in God’s punishment of the Israelite nation. An angel came to reassure Joseph of God’s blessing. An angel also appeared to Zechariah, who doubted the message that his wife, Elizabeth, would bear a son in the couple’s old age. It seemed impossible! Zechariah lost the ability to speak until the day he named their baby in accordance with the angel’s message. The child became John the Baptist. In His ministry, Jesus offered to tell rel

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Mary believed the angel Gabriel’s message that she would give birth to the Son of God. On the other hand, incredulous Pharisees and scribes denied that Jesus could forgive the sins of a small group rewarded for their faith when they lowered a paralyzed man through the roof to ask for healing. Jesus then instructed the man to walk home with his stretcher in hand, showing undeniably the power of His words. The Lord compared the generation around Him to people refusing to respond either to a mournful dirge or dance music. Advent invites the fait

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