This is a week of tremendous graces as we head into the sacred Triduum. In the readings at the start of Holy Week, we see the unfolding of the glory and promise of Jesus’s mission. In today’s first reading, Isaiah touches on the seeking and waiting for the Messiah that has been the preoccupation of…

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Greetings, Gratia Vobis readers. This month we are filling in for Tom Nash with today’s reflection. After reading today’s Gospel from John, I reflected on how we listen and how we respond to what we hear. The high priests and the Pharisees are incredulous over the failure of the guards to bring them Jesus. “Why…

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Today’s readings are rich with images of faith and trust in God. As parents and grandparents, we are left breathless with God’s direction to Abraham for the sacrifice of his son, “By faith Abraham, when put to the test, offered up Isaac…” But Abraham’s rich deposit of faith led him up to that mountaintop to…

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The liturgical season of waiting has passed. Advent has ended. Emmanuel – God the Son is with us! Where do we go from here? Reflect on Anna, the prophetess—”the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as…

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As human beings, when we are called, we act. A friend or relative is ill? Off we run errands or we make a meal. A new baby arrives? We rejoice with others and dash to Target for diapers and ingredients for a meal for the new mother. A loved one dies? We mourn with others…

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