Reflections

Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 29, 2023

by Ann O’Connor, Notre Dame Associate

GOSPEL READING:  MATTHEW 5:1-12
The beatitudes introduce the Sermon on the Mount, a collection of Jesus’ teachings.

The beatitudes are not so much about what we do, our actions, but the way we live, our way of being. They are less about actions and more…

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 22, 2023

by Theresa Homan, N D Associate

“He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea…”  Mt 4: 13

Jesus left the place of his childhood and young adulthood, his friends, his workshop, his clients. Did he have an apprentice to pass his business on to? Did he…

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Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 15, 2023

by Linda Fitzgerald, Notre Dame Associate

Reading 1:  Isaiah 49:3, 5-6   The setting of the following verse is the time after the Babylonian Exile.  King Cyrus of Persia let the Judeans return to their homeland and rebuild their temple.  Can we even imagine their joy?  Some Judeans had a…

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The Epiphany of the Lord, January 8, 2023

by Sr Cynthia Anne Hruby ND

1st Reading:  Isaiah 60: 1-6

“See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the people…. Raise your eyes….”
In the gloomy days of winter, it is not uncommon to hear someone speak of longing for the sun. So much of what we hear…

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Reflection for New Year’s Day, 2023

By Sr Mary Kay Meagher ND

HOPE: A New Year

Again, the end of a year and beginning of a new one. An exact specific New Year’s Day seems somewhat arbitrary and wrapped in our need for control, remembering, evaluation and wondering. It is not a magic day. We could…

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Reflection for Christmas Day, 2022

By Sr Margaret Hickey ND

John 1:1-18 from Christmas Day Mass

Think of the greatest Christmas gift you have ever received in your life—tangible or not.  Relish and treasure the feelings, the value, the impact that special gift made in your life and in those of your circle of life.

THEN—read…

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent: December 18, 2022

By Carol Craven, Notre Dame Associate

 First Reading: Isaiah 7: 10 -14

Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 24: 1-2, 3- 4, 5- 6

Second Reading: Romans 1: 1-7

Alleluia: Matthew 1: 23

Gospel: Matthew 1: 18- 24

In the first reading we learn that God shall give a sign: a virgin…

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Reflection for the Third Week of Advent, December 11, 2022

By Sr Anita Rolenc ND

Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10

James 5:7-10

Matthew 11:2-11

Isaiah predicts the signs of God’s glory: blind see, lame walk, lepers cleansed, mute speak, and deaf hear.  And Jesus, in Matthew 11, reassures the disciples sent by John the Baptist, by quoting Isaiah, that HE is God’s presence among…

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Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022

By Sr Rita Ostry ND

1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10     Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

In the first reading from Isaiah, I am struck by the images.  They are amazing and defy the usual images of opposites being enemies … wolves guests of lambs, a calf with a lion, cows neighbors with bears,…

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Advent…November 27, 2022

By Theresa Homan, Notre Dame Associate

Wake up, my friends! Open your eyes and look around, for a new day arises. Let us walk in the light, learning the ways of peace and leaving behind war and its trappings.

It all sounds so nice, but it’s been thousands of years…

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