Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

Posted by John Sage on 3/10/18

One of the best known religious poems in the English Language is the “The Hound of Heaven.” It was written by Francis Thompson, who tried to run away from God. He compares God to a hound, yes, a hound dog chasing a soul. It is the story of Thompson’s ... Read More »

“ HOLY ANGER ”

Posted by John Sage on 3/03/18

Today’s Gospel gives a rare peek into a rare but a very human emotion of our Lord Jesus Christ – “Holy Anger”. Surrounded by difficult and problematic people, Jesus never showed anger. He was not angry with the adulterous woman nor with the Pharisees who continuously hounded him. Even ... Read More »

REMEMBERING WHAT MAKES STRONG

Posted by John Sage on 2/24/18

The TRANSFIGURATION---what a showcase! Jesus was at the center stage of everything – resplendent, glorious and pure. Then appeared as supporting actors Moses and Elijah – long dead, but transported back to life to give witness to the greatness of Jesus. Moses was Israel’s lawgiver, but here is the ... Read More »

OVERCCOMING TEMPTATIONS!

Posted by John Sage on 2/17/18

In this Sunday’s Gospel we read that the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. This was the same Holy Spirit who had encouraged Jesus when He was baptized in the Jordan River. At that time, the Spirit descended upon him like a dove. Then a voice from heaven was ... Read More »

LOVING THE UNLOVABLE

Posted by John Sage on 2/10/18

The Bible’s version of the homeless, and dirty beggars of today is none other than the LEPER. He, too, was avoided and despised because his scourge carried the stigma of sin and divine punishment. The Old Testament reading today advised people on how to isolate the leper in society. ... Read More »

INTERCESSION

Posted by John Sage on 2/03/18

In our Gospel narrative, we immediately notice the healing miracles that Jesus performed: Simon’s mother in-law who was cured from a fever, those healed from various diseases, and the demons expelled from those who were possessed. However, let us shift our attention to a prior action that was also ... Read More »

LISTENING TO HIS VOICE

Posted by John Sage on 1/20/18

How easy it is to follow the Lord? Jesus was walking along and he sees two fishermen and he says: “Come, follow me.” They follow on the spot. Walking further along, he meets two other working men and he calls them, too. They follow immediately, without question. If Jesus ... Read More »

A STAR TELLS THE STORY

Posted by John Sage on 1/05/18

Epiphany celebrates the heroism and gallantry of the Magi. Their story starts with an inspiring star that propel led them to travel from a faraway land to worship the newborn King of the Jews. Armed with nothing else but trust in a brightly shining star, these astrologers left the ... Read More »

WHY MARY?

Posted by John Sage on 12/23/17

Today we revisit the biblical account of the ANNUNCIATION and we encounter the figure of Mary, the maiden of Nazareth again. Why is Mary important in our approach to Christmas? Is it just because of her role as natural mother of the Son of God? Yes, the crib is ... Read More »

JOHN THE BAPTIST: A LAMP FOR US

Posted by John Sage on 12/17/17

The Gospel describes John the Baptist as a witness “to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.” (Jn. 1:7) He was like a lamp that showed us Jesus, the one and only true Light of the world. What happens to a lamp that can teach ... Read More »