Reflections on the Bible

Liturgy of the Hours

Some years ago I purchased a book entitled “Christian Prayer”, an amended version of the Liturgy of the Hours prayers. I  wanted to pray along…

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Book of Revelation

Who can stand up for the Church and who can stand up against evil? Revelation Chapter 6-7 This lecture was given my first year as…

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Book of Micah

Imagine that on your way home today, you stop at the grocery store for a few things. Just outside the store, pacing back and forth,…

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Ruth – WCSS study

We will be studying the Book of Ruth in our Scripture Study class this week. I have read the Bible passages several times and answered…

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Book of Jeremiah

“Do me justice, O Lord! For I have walked in integrity, And in the Lord I trust without wavering. Search me, O Lord, and try…

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Letter to the Thessalonians

Grace to you and peace! We give thanks to God always for all of you,  constantly mentioning you in our prayers,  remembering before our God…

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Mission of the Disciples

A short reflection on the Gospel of Matthew given to the WCSS group. “Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean…

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Letter of St. James

  Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit That my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit That my work, too, may be…

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The Church and the Psalms

THE CHURCH AND THE PSALMS This is a ending lecture which I wrote for our morning WCSS group as we were studying the Psalms. As…

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Letter to the Ephesians

A short reflection give to our WCSS group during our study of the Letter to the Ephesians This is the feast day of St. Francis…

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Notes on the conversion of Paul

Notes on St. Paul’s Conversion “But Saul , still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and…

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Four Gospels

Compare and contrast the 4 Gospels – meditations during Adoration. These thoughts occurred over several months as I spent an hour with the Lord each…

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1 Peter 1:17

On Friday the 15th of January, one of the readings during the evening prayer in the Magnificat was a selection from the first letter of…

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It has been a while

Lots has happened since the last time I wrote here. I had planned to do the consecration to Jesus through Mary on the anniversary of…

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Luke 6:1-11

Debates about the Sabbath I have been reading a chapter of the Gospel of Luke each evening during Advent. In Chapter 6 Jesus is confronted…

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Book of Jonah

 I feel so “related” to the prophet Jonah. When I think back on when my sister Jill really started to decline, I didn’t want to…

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1 John 1

I have been waiting all summer for the Bible study to start again. The first lesson is on the first letter of St. John the…

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John 20:19-29 Oremus class

This passage deals with the response of the Apostles and later Thomas after Jesus’ Resurrection. After reading “What Jesus saw from the Cross” last year…

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God’s Glory

From National Catholic Register, February 3, 2019 Father Jordan Schmidt, OP Experiencing God’s Glory in the Eucharist Sunday Feb.10, is the fifth Sunday of Ordinary…

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Deuteronomy 4:32-40

Our Bible study this week had a question which I found interesting. Based on the Scripture passage above, how does God show love? Ask now…

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Kingdom Parables

Matthew Chapter 12:27-28 “If I expel demons with the devil’s help, by whose help do your people expel them? Let them be the ones to…

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Mission of the Disciples

Reflection for Chapter 11 of Matthew “Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to…

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Peter walks on the water

I am reading this book about Peter. “Peter and Keys to following Jesus by Dr. Tim Gray”. I was reading a section on Jesus walking…

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John 15:14

Today’s Gospel reading was from John, chapter 15 verses 12-17. The following verse 14 really got me to thinking: “You are my friends if you…

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John 10:1-10

The Good Shepherd – John 10:1-10 This was one of today’s Mass readings: I keep remembering an image from a dream – I think it…

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Revelation 22:1-2

“Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the…

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Psalm 102

Let this be written for ages to come that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord; for the Lord leaned down from his sanctuary…

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Psalm 5

A verse that struck me this morning:” But I through the greatness of your love have access to your house. I bow down before your…

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Gospel of John, Chapter 5

The scene is the Sheep Gate, the pool of Bethzada, just outside of Jerusalem. The livestock which will be sacrificed in the Temple are brought…

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Some thoughts on Baptism

From a book in the Adoration Chapel – “Bread Broken and Shared” by Father Paul Bernier “We will inherit heaven the same way Jesus did…

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Peter heals the lame man

Last night we attended a newcomer dinner at St. Helen Church. Fr. Becker sat next to me, so I asked him about the Gospel reading…

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The Baptism of Jesus

This morning, having awakened at 2:30 and unable to go back to sleep, I decided to pray the Rosary. I was meditating on the first…

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The Good Shepherd

An image which came to mind at Mass this morning: Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leading the sheep into high pastures. The pastures go on into…

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Jesus baptized by John

In the Gospel today, the Baptism of the Lord, we see Jesus approaching John to be baptized. Many Jews, who practiced ritual purification several times…

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Psalm 40

Yesterday was the day of my meeting with Judy, my spiritual director. She spoke with me over the phone, since the weather was so inclement. …

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Jesus and Nicodemus

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and “leader of the Jews, approaches Jesus at night. Why at night? Was he afraid of what the other Pharisees and his…

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Psalm 42

Like the deer that years for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God.

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Hannah, a childless woman

Our next lesson in this series is from the book of Samuel, chapters 1 through 3. The story revolves around the birth of the prophet…

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Psalm 18

I have heard  often that reading the Bible for 20 minutes or so a day is an excellent way to start to meditate and grow…

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Letter to the Hebrews

I began my study of the Letter to the Hebrews at the Adoration Chapel yesterday. In reading the introduction to the letter, scholars are not…

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Words that give Hope!

Romans 8:35, 37-39 “What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or…

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Phillippians 2:14-16

The reading from the Morning Prayer today is this: “In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of…

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Psalm 86

These words struck me this morning as I read the Morning Prayer: “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart and glorify your…

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Answer to a concern I had

Yesterday while reading the day’s readings, I noticed this line in Psalm 138:8 –“ The Lord will complete what he has done for me“. Completion…

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The Sabbath

Acts 13:26-33 When Paul came to Antioch in Pisidia, he said in the synagogue: “My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those others…

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Sunday March 24, 2013

Isaiah 50:4b  “Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear;” This struck me Sunday morning during the first reading – jumped out…

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