The Word of God

Daily Reflections

  • Slow Down Today

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 17, 2022

    “And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.” When everything is so clear and lucid at that wonderful moment in life, you just do not want time to end. We might say that time was relative in those special episodes around us. “Time is relative” means the rate of change of time is not the same for every frame of reference. Two people sitting in two other frames of reference can measure different rates of time, i.e., one’s clocks can tick faster than others or vice-versa. When the grace of God surrounds you, time stands still, and everything comes into such clear focus that we just do not ever want to leave that space. But unfortunately, reality knocks relentlessly, and we go back to the grime and gristle of it all. The joy that overwhelmed the disciples in our First Reading understood that very well. They knew and quickly realized that great things take great sacrifices but yield even greater rewards: “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” They couldn’t spend enough time listening to all the wonders that God had done for those who never lost trust or faith in Him.

    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” To find these deep, wonderful moments of clarity, we must slow down. If we think that somehow and somehow, we will finish everything we think we need to accomplish, we will wear ourselves down. This leaves little time to survey and realize how God our God is to us. Try slowing today. You’ll be so glad you did.

    “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” Saint Francis de Sales

  • Looking for Scars

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 16, 2022

    “When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they cried out in Lycaonian, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form.'” Have you ever wondered why so many seem preoccupied with the movie, sports, and music superstars? Take a look at the raw energy at concerts, movie premieres, award shows, and sports events and notice how crazy people get over these people, who, like Paul and Barnabas in our First Reading, are just human beings like ourselves. Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that too many people do not have God in their lives, so they will and have settled for a bunch of little, passing, inconsequential gods. They last for a moment until the next rage appears. So sad!

    “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” “Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.'” As we have heard in today’s Readings, the only remedy for this obsession with human idols is to be open to the Holy Spirit for wisdom and knowledge. Belief and trust in the Lord Jesus promise that we will have clarity in this life, peace in our hearts, and right judgments, especially when we watch the news of any given number of movies and television shows, not to mention sporting events. Jesus truly loves us and is not looking for fame or good looks but loving Him back in return.

    “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.” Elbert Hubbard

  • senior man smiling looking at phone in hand Friendship on Fire

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 15, 2022

    “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” One day an older gentleman received a call from his fifty-something son, whose relationship was always good but lived far away in another state. It was a brief call only to say that the younger man had been in a larger meeting, and the man sitting next to him had used the same kind of hair gel his dad had used for all these years (when he had hair). He just wanted his dad to know that remembered his father, missed him and loved him with all his heart. Can you imagine how that older man must have felt? What a great and comforting surprise. “He remembers me, still!”

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” This hope is a little of what it is for those chosen by the Lord to follow Him, which truly includes all of us. This must be the Holy Spirit at great work in the world if it is so personal and yet so universal. The Lord is hungering for our faith while every one of us remains so special and truly close to His Heart. We exist as if there were only one of us in the entire universe. This is what the Holy Spirit does for the one who seeks God in this life.

    “I give you a new commandment: love one another.” Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we each have in this life is that of solid, lasting, and supportive friendship. We often do not think about this treasure in our lives, but it is one that we certainly miss when it is gone. Jesus offers the most remarkable share in His life by calling us His friends and providing us the same comforts and encouragements as good friends. And He promises that He is also present in those relationships that bring us closer and closer to Heaven and help build our relationship with Jesus Himself. “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.”

    On this beautiful Sunday, take a moment first to remember all the people in your life whom you have loved and love today. Say a deeply felt prayer for them. Thank God for them. Then, follow your heart. If it is with Jesus, you will not be disappointed.

    “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” Ann Landers

  • St. Matthias: Love In The Time of Christ

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 14, 2022

    “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Here we have the most awesome and life-changing promise that the Lord offers to us to ensure that we know that He is absolutely and eternally serious about what he intends to provide for us for all time: He promises to make the ultimate sacrifice for those He loves intensely. Do you personally know anyone who would die for you? If you did, would they be able to assure your entrance into Heaven? Only Jesus can do both.

    “Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.” Today is also the Feast of St. Matthias, who “replaced” the fallen traitor Judas after the horrible sequence of events after the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. Again, we have an example of Christ’s love for His Church by continually stocking and staffing good and solid leaders to shepherd and protect the flock. God never leaves us orphans because we live in the time of Christ until we live with Him forever in Heaven.

    “If I am a friend of Jesus, I must deliberately and carefully lay down my life for Him. It is a difficult thing to do, and thank God that it is. Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. And Jesus says to us, “…I have called you friends….” Remain faithful to your Friend, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life.” Oswald Chambers

  • Sanity In The Face Of Human Injustice

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 13, 2022

    “We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus.” Many continue to comment these days that the world seems to be out of control with no end in sight. Perhaps you know people who are despairing the more they keep watching the news worldwide, which seems so bleak and hopeless. We have people all around us who seem to have no joy left even after the great celebration of Easter! What do you tell someone like that?

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” The only possible response you and I can have is to joyfully and calmly repeat the words that Jesus has for every one of us today. The only real way we can respond to turbulence in our world, communities, and families is to have faith in the One who rose from the dead and continues to give light and promise to all who will listen. Start with yourself. Believe. Trust. Share.

    “Do not let your heart become troubled by the sad spectacle of human injustice. Even this has its value in the face of all else. And it is from this that one day you will see the justice of God rising with unfailing triumph.” St. Padre Pio

  • Love’s Search for Happiness

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 12, 2022

    Imagine the disappointment of those over 2,000 years ago who were expecting their own created version of the Messiah! They expected a revolutionary who would wield such political and military power that anyone associated with him would be called “his friend.” They would then somehow share in that tremendous and overwhelmingly amassed power. It is little wonder why such as these rejected Jesus Christ flat out because, astoundingly, he promoted service as a basis for greatness. He even washed feet and wounds and ate with sinners and outcasts: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

    William Shakespeare once wrote, “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” Although there is much truth in that statement, there perhaps is more that resonates with reality to say that unrealistic expectation is the blueprint for disaster. Those who rejected Jesus when He first came were steeped in their mistaken ideas about who God promised and how he would save them from their sins. This still happens today as Jesus comes to us every single day of our lives, which calls upon us to set aside any biases or unrealistic expectations and accept the Lord Jesus just as He says He is for the world: “From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.” Love Jesus today with all your heart, and then allow that remarkable decision to permeate and affect everything you do and say from now on. Sometimes the human heart needs more time to accept what the mind already knows.

    “Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” C. S. Lewis

  • Turn On Your Truth Light

    “The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

    – Kate McGahan

    Reflection on Mass Reading for May 11, 2022

    “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.” This clear and awesome self-description from Jesus in the Gospel today speaks more than just volumes for us to ponder. It calls out throughout the centuries for a deep and true response to reality whom we follow, whom we love. How is He the light? We immediately realize that this question would automatically posture and position our conversation that could easily drift into philosophy or history, or even politics. Light, by its very definition, illumines reality. It helps us see clearer and thus walk in a way that moves us toward fulfillment, happiness, and holiness. Let us recall the words of Christ who makes it crystal clear: “I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.”

    We encounter people in our lives, some who add to the joy and peace that is ours and those who attempt to rob us of that light that we take so long and with great effort to maintain. Do we surrender power to people who will use it to destroy us? Jesus saves us from precisely such horrible pitfalls and mental traps. Think of all the conversations you had yesterday, and then think of all the ones you will have. How many of them will be about important, eternal matters? Some people feel very uncomfortable and awkward talking about their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. However, everything true will speak for itself, and we are just its servants. No matter how educated, talented, rich, or “cool” any of us believe that we are, how we treat people ultimately tells everything anyone ever needs to know about who we are versus who we say we are. Go into today and travel into your world armed with what you know is good, sound, and holy!

    “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” St. Augustine