Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

“LAZARUS, COME OUT!”

Posted by John Sage on 4/01/17

The most difficult puzzle in life involves the mystery of dying. Who among us here want to die soon? Those who do not wish to die, though, die early. Those who wish to die, make it to old age. Death is a deep mystery we fear. Death rivets our ... Read More »

JESUS PROVIDES US WITH LIVING WATER

Posted by John Sage on 3/19/17

Today the Church celebrates the first of three scrutinies with the Elect and their communities. The scriptures are chosen explicitly to help the Elect as they undergo the final preparations for the Easter sacraments. As early as now, we already know of the Lord’s thirst: “Give me a drink.” ... Read More »

IT ALL STARTED WITH A NICKEL

Posted by John Sage on 3/04/17

He killed a cop. Now he is paying the penalty. They are strapping him to the electric chair in Sing Sing death house. They attach the metal plates to the shaven crown of his head and the calf of one leg. In a few moments they will shoot electric ... Read More »

BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL ...

Posted by John Sage on 1/29/17

For this Sunday’s Gospel on the Beatitudes, I want to give importance on the 5th: “Blessed are the merciful, for they be shown mercy.”The ‘MERCIFUL’ means two things: 1) one who forgives the offense of others and 2) one who is compassionate. Those who show mercy and compassion will ... Read More »

CALL OF THE FIRST FOUR DISCIPLES

Posted by John Sage on 1/21/17

A boy in a Sunday school class became increasingly uncomfortable as the teacher spoke about dying and going to heaven. The teacher said, “Put up your hand if you want to go to heaven.” Everyone but the one boy put up their hands. The teacher was shocked. “Don’t you ... Read More »

LAMB OF GOD

Posted by John Sage on 1/14/17

On the roof of a Catholic Church in Werden, Germany, one can see the stone carving of a lamb. There is a story behind that stone. A man was working on the roof of this church, when his safety rope broke and he pitched headlong into the churchyard below. ... Read More »

FEAST OF THE THREE KINGS OR “ EPIPHANY OF THE LORD ”

Posted by John Sage on 1/08/17

The Christmas season officially ends on the feast of the so called Three Kings. But did you know that what used to be called “Feast of the Three Kings” in our calendars is now the feast of the “EPIPHANY”? Year after year we have been told about pious legends ... Read More »

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Posted by John Sage on 12/31/16

A group of clergy in a small Alabama town decided to put a Christmas crib in the town square. They approached various individuals for donations. On the priest’s list was the editor of the local weekly, who favored the idea until the priest remarked: “Many people, especially children, would ... Read More »

CHRISTMAS, DURNG THE DAY

Posted by John Sage on 12/23/16

In the Gospel of St. John which we read today, we come to know the true greatness of the Savior. He is not only Son of Mary but also the Son of God. He is the only-begotten, and is truly God Himself. We cannot but marvel at the greatness ... Read More »

TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN

Posted by John Sage on 12/18/16

Dr. John Coleman was the President of the Haverford College in Pennsylvania. He also served as one on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank. Recently, he stepped down for a time from those distinguished positions. He wanted to experience again what it to work with his ... Read More »