Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

EASTER IS A TRUE - TO - LIFE STORY

Posted by John Sage on 3/31/18

We are celebrating the most joyous of Christian festivals. After the drama of Holy Week, we are now fully engulfed by the Easter spirit, the Easter mystery. But what precisely is Easter? EASTER is not mere doctrine of the Church about the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor is it just ... Read More »

THE START OF THE HOLY WEEK

Posted by John Sage on 3/23/18

Palm or Passion Sunday commemorates our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, the place of his passion and death, but also of his resurrection. Jesus loves the city very much; Jerusalem will put Him to death. As He enters the city on a donkey, the crowd greets and welcomes him as ... Read More »

THE MYSTERY OF FRUITFULNESS

Posted by John Sage on 3/19/18

The Gospel for this Sunday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the reality of fruitfulness. Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. But if it dies, then it bears much fruit. What do these enigmatic words mean ... Read More »

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 »