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Posted by Delma Garcia on 4/08/22
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
Palm Sunday begins the highest holy week of the liturgical year. Will it also begin in your life a high holy experience of uniting yourself to Jesus and to his awesome love?
There's a key phrase in the reading that we hear at ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 4/01/22
Fifth Sunday of Lent
This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us a good example of how to treat someone who is, as Jesus says elsewhere in scripture (Matthew 25) "the least of these." The recipient of Christ's compassion in this story was considered to be unworthy of life itself. She ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/25/22
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Who is worthy to receive the love and unconditional forgiveness of God? During every Mass, we pray, "Lord, I am not worthy... but say the Word and my soul shall be healed." Jesus illustrates in this Sunday's Gospel reading that we are all worthy, but ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/18/22
Third Sunday of Lent
How do you feel when someone who's been hurtful, cruel, or morally corrupt gets hit with a hardship that makes them suffer? Our natural tendency is to rejoice because justice has finally been meted out.
Jesus addresses this in this Sunday's Gospel reading. He wants ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/11/22
Second Sunday of Lent
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see Jesus reveal the uncreated light of his true identity and we hear the Father say, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him."
We experience Christ's deepest identity every time we listen to him and allow the Holy Spirit ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 3/04/22
First Sunday of Lent
Jesus' life is our life if we're sincere about our faith. We unite ourselves to him by receiving his body and blood in the Eucharist. We meet him in the scriptures and walk with him on the path to heaven.
During Lent, the readings that ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 2/25/22
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
A blind person, in the analogy that Jesus makes in this Sunday's Gospel reading, is anyone who cannot see things in the light of truth. It can be due to sin or ignorance, but it's always dangerous. There are many wrong decisions that we ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 2/18/22
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We can use this Sunday's Gospel passage as a checklist to survey our holiness. Jesus is outlining, in very clear terms, true Christian living. He describes how to love -- faithfully and unconditionally, which sometimes means sacrificially as well.
It's not an easy love, ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 2/11/22
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus makes it clear that he sides with the downtrodden in this Sunday's Gospel reading: the poor (this could be spiritually or materially), the hungry (again, spiritually or physically; the Lord cares about all who feel empty), the weeping, the hated, the excluded, the ... Read More »
Posted by Delma Garcia on 2/04/22
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Very often, the Lord gives us help even when we don't ask for it. We see this in what he did for Simon Peter, James and John in this Sunday's Gospel reading, when he provided a great catch of fish for them.
What's his ... Read More »