Browsing Fr. Reggie's Reflections

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 »

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 »