Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

LOVE OF GOD AND LOVE OF NEIGHBOR

Posted by John Sage on 11/03/18

In the Old Testament the Jewish rabbis listed 613 precepts of the law. There were 248 commands and 365 prohibitions. These were further classified into light and grave. It was a timely topic of discussion among the Jews to debate these precepts of the law and to give one’s ... Read More »

THE ROAD TO GOD

Posted by John Sage on 10/27/18

There are three statements that Jesus uttered when He healed Bartimaeus. Let us reflect on the spiritual significance of each statement.

1. “CALL HIM.” (Mk. 10,46) Aside from being blind, Bartimaeus was at the roadside begging. He was one of the outcasts marginalized in society. When he cried out ... Read More »

CUP OF SUFFERING

Posted by John Sage on 10/22/18

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus with an ambitious request. They wanted to be the “wing-men” of Jesus, one to sit at His right and the other to sit at His left. Perhaps, among the twelve companions of the Lord, they wanted to be the closest ... Read More »

WORST FORM OF SLAVERY

Posted by John Sage on 10/13/18

“IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO PASS THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” MK. 10, 25

What does Christ mean by this disturbing statement? Does it mean to say that the affluent, the wealthy are barred from ... Read More »

DIVORCE IN MARRIAGE, DIVORCE IN NATURE

Posted by John Sage on 10/07/18

The readings today remind us that God created us for a special purpose. All creation is interrelated and intertwined in the mind of God. No one was fashioned for a life of isolation and seclusion. Our relationships define who we are. Relationships give purpose to our lives. Living in ... Read More »

RADICAL SOLUTIONS

Posted by John Sage on 9/28/18

Jesus tells his disciples to cut off their hands if these cause them to sin. We may wonder why Jesus is so harsh in his recommendations. Is there no other way to stop committing sin? When it comes to sinning especially giving scandal, Jesus gives no concessions. He wants ... Read More »

THE SADDEST PEOPLE ON EARTH

Posted by John Sage on 9/22/18

They are everywhere. In the office, there will surely be one who resents the promotion of an officemate. In school, there will surely be a student who feels cheated by the victory or excellence of another. In the church, people will feel bad when the pastor seems to favor ... Read More »

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CHRIST???

Posted by John Sage on 9/16/18

Charles Lamb lived in England 200 years ago. For 33 years he had a humdrum job as a clerk in a shipping office. Nevertheless, he became a recognized writer, known especially for his gentle humor, tender sympathy, and rare devotion for his family and friends. One evening several of ... Read More »

ARE WE DEAF - MUTES

Posted by John Sage on 9/08/18

There is a well-known dictum among doctors which says: “GOD heals, the doctor collects the fee.” This Sunday’s gospel relates about Christ’s healing a deaf-mute, but without collecting fees. And the message: Just as the compassionate Jesus cured the deaf-mute, we too must reach out to present day deaf-mutes.

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THE PHARISEE IN US

Posted by John Sage on 9/02/18

A newly-installed bishop who holds a doctor’s degree in Canon Law gave his first talk to the clergy. He solemnly declared: “Henceforth this diocese will be ruled by Canon Law. An old priest who was hard of hearing leaned to a young priest sitting beside him and asked, “What ... Read More »