Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

GONE BUT STILL WITH US

Posted by John Sage on 5/27/17

This Sunday instead of Thursday we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. It marks the end of the Lord’s public ministry. The work of Christ was indescribably hard and challenging --- to live the ideal life, to serve others, to teach, to suffer and die, and to start and ... Read More »

KNOWING FAITH IS NOT ENOUGH

Posted by John Sage on 5/21/17

Once there was a Jew arguing with a Christian. “Your whole religion is based on ours,” the Jew said. “Why, you even took the 10 Commandments from us.” “We may have taken them,” said the Christian,“but you certainly can’t say we’ve kept them.” In this Sunday’s Gospel message, Christ ... Read More »

FEELING TROUBLED?

Posted by John Sage on 5/13/17

We live in confusing times. There are mysteries we cannot answer, problems we cannot solve and situations that will never be agreeable. We are somehow in a song entitled: “LIKE A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER.” For us Christians, despite all the evils and troubles around, Christ teaches that we ... Read More »

JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Posted by John Sage on 5/06/17

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Gospel of John 10:1-10 Jesus presents Himself as the GOOD SHEPHERD. The most consoling thing He says in this Gospel is that he calls his own (that’s us!) by name. He knows each of us personally, and ... Read More »

JESUS IS ALIVE IN HOSPITALITY

Posted by John Sage on 4/28/17

This is the 3rd Sunday of Easter and we are still discovering how we can experience Jesus is alive in our midst. Last week we saw how the doubting Thomas came in contact with the reality of the Resurrection – by keeping in touch with the other disciples. Yes, ... Read More »

LIFE IS FULL OF INTERRUPTIONS

Posted by John Sage on 4/14/17

Today is EASTER SUNDAY, the SOLEMNITY of all solemnities. By rising from the dead, Jesus proved that He was the Christ, the SON of God, and the Holy Redeemer. Before shouting “Alleluia” however, Mary Magdala, Simon Peter, and the other disciples had to deal with some interruptions. They ran ... Read More »

MAKE YOUR HOME A CHURCH AND BE HOLY!

Posted by John Sage on 4/09/17

Sir Thomas More was an outstanding layman who lived in 1478 and was the layman who was the first layman to be appointed Lord Chancellor of England, next in authority to King Henry VIII. The king had More beheaded in 1535. 400 years later the Catholic Church canonized him ... Read More »

“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 »