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Cardinal Seán's Blog

 
 
15 December 2018
Posted in: Main - Cardinal Seán @ 02:10 AM
Hello and welcome! This week, I have been in Rome for meetings of the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father on the reform of the Roman Curia. I arrived in Rome on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holiday in Italy and has many traditions […]
 
 

Weekly Scriptural Reflections

 

September 27, 2015 - Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

St. James warns in today’s second reading that those who hoard their wealth and live only for themselves will be condemned. But in the Gospel, Jesus assures us that all who give of themselves for His sake will be rewarded.

October 4, 2015 - Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  

The phrase in today’s psalm, “May you see your children’s children,” is really a prayer for a long life. The good steward knows that every day is a gift from God, to be lived with joy and thanksgiving. “May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives!”

See Psalm 128    

 

October 11, 2015 - Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the rich young man to give away all that he has in order to have treasure in heaven. But he is unable to free himself from his possessions, and so he goes sadly away. Does what I own keep me from following Jesus?

 

October 18, 2015 - Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Good stewards must not argue about who is the most important. Today’s Gospel says clearly that those who aspire to greatness must humbly serve the needs of all. Even Jesus came not to be served, but to serve.

or (if celebrated as “Mission Sunday”)  

All discipleship involves mission. The bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship reminds us, “Every member of the Church is called to evangelize, and the practice of authentic Christian stewardship inevitably leads to evangelization.”

 

October 25, 2015 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Today’s psalm says, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.” Good stewards demonstrate by their living and giving that they understand God as the Source of all they are and have.

See Psalm 126  

 

November 1, 2015 - All Saints 

Today’s psalm makes clear that we and everything we think we own actually belong to God instead: “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness, the world and those who dwell in it.”We are stewards, not owners, of our lives and all we possess!

See Psalm 24  

 

November 2, 2015 - All Souls   

On the Feast of All Souls we pray for those who have gone before us and stand in judgment before God. May we share with one another the treasure of love’s memory, and console one another with the assurance of resurrection. 

 

November 8, 2015 - Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Both widows in today’s readings gave all they had to the work of the Lord, one using all her remaining food to feed Elijah and the other offering her two copper coins to the temple treasury. Faithful stewards give all that is asked and trust the Lord to be faithful to His promises.

 

November 15, 2015 - Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  

The readings today speak of the end of the world and the coming of the kingdom. The bishops’ pastoral on stewardship says clearly that “that ‘life to come’ is in continuity with this present life through the human goods, the worthy human purposes, which people foster now.” May our good stewardship help us to be numbered among the chosen on the last day!

 

November 22, 2015 - Christ the King  

Today’s second reading reminds us that the sacrifice of Christ frees us from sin and makes us a royal nation of priests in the service of God. How am I using my gifts to serve God and others?

 

November 29, 2015 - First Sunday of Advent  

“Be on guard,” Jesus warns in today’s Gospel, “lest your spirits become bloated with indulgence.” Let us heed His warning and follow the advice of St. Paul, conducting ourselves in a way pleasing to God, overflowing with love for one another.

See Luke 21:34  

 

December 6, 2015 - Second Sunday of Advent  

Good stewards believe that God, who has begun this good work in them, will carry it through to completion. In words and deeds, they can sing with the psalmist, “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!”

See Psalm 126  

 

December 8, 2015 - Immaculate Conception  

Mary’s Immaculate Conception prepared her for her unique role as the Mother of God. We, too, have been given all the gifts we need to do the work to which God calls us. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that we may have the courage to say “yes!” when God calls.

 

December 13, 2015 - Third Sunday of Advent  

Today’s Gospel provides a blueprint for good stewardship: “Let the man who has two coats give to him who has none. The man who has food should do the same.”

See Luke 3:11  

 

December 20, 2015 - Fourth Sunday of Advent  

The Gospel today tells of the Virgin Mary, pregnant herself, hurrying off to help her cousin Elizabeth. The model of good stewardship, she who had given herself to bear the Savior gave her time and love to others as well.

 

December 25, 2015 - Christmas  

Rejoice! The Word became flesh and dwells among us! Oh, come, let us adore him!

 

December 27, 2015 - Holy Family  

The first reading today provides a challenging blueprint for the good stewardship of our family relationships. How do I measure up?

 

January 1, 2016 - New Year’s Day  

The Gospel today says that, having found the infant Jesus, the shepherds returned to their work, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.We, too, have seen and celebrated the mystery of the Word made flesh. Will we follow their example when we return to work tomorrow?

 

January 3, 2016 - Second Sunday of Christmas  

   

January 6, 2016 - Epiphany  

The three kings in today’s Gospel traveled a great distance at considerable cost to offer their richest gifts to the Infant Jesus. How far will I go and what will I offer to do homage to this newborn King and Savior?

 

January 10, 2016 - Baptism of the Lord  

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The U.S. bishops pastoral on stewardship reminds us that Baptism gives all of His disciples a share in His priestly work and calls them “to offer up the world and all that is in it — especially themselves — to the Lord of all.”

 

January 17, 2016 -  Second Sunday in Ordinary Time  

In today’s first reading, we hear Samuel respond eagerly, “Here I am!” each time the Lord calls him. May we, too, be listening for the call of God in our lives and be ready to say like the psalmist, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”

See 1 Samuel 3:4; Psalm 40  

 

January 24, 2016 -  Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  

There is a certain urgency in today’s Gospel as Jesus calls His first disciples — Andrew and Simon, James and John. Each one follows Jesus immediately, unhesitatingly abandoning nets and boats and father and fellow-workers. To what is Jesus calling me — at this moment, in these circumstances? What will I need to abandon in order to follow Him?

 

January 31, 2016 -  Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Moses told the people, “The Lord will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own kinsmen.” God still provides among His people the gifts and talents necessary to continue the work of His Church.What gifts are yours to share?

See Deuteronomy 18:15  

 

February 2, 2016 - Presentation   

When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple, they offered a sacrificial gift “in accord with the dictate in the law of the Lord.” An offering of a specific size or kind is not “dictated” when we bring our gifts to the altar at Mass. Is my gift reflective of the many blessings I have received?

See Luke 2:24  

 

February 7, 2016 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Like St. Paul in the second reading, the good steward can say, “I do all that I do for the sake of the Gospel in the hope of sharing in its blessings.”

See 1 Corinthians 9:23  

 

February 10, 2016 - Ash Wednesday  

Ash Wednesday’s emphasis on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is an invitation to take a closer look at our stewardship. It is a time to reassess how we are using the gifts God has entrusted to us and to resolve anew to use our time and resources in the service of His kingdom.

 

February 14, 2015 - First Sunday of Lent

Today’s first reading describes the offering of first fruits the people of Israel were to present to the Lord in thanksgiving for their deliverance from Egypt and the gift of the promised land. Is my offering at today’s Mass an appropriate response to the many blessings the Lord has given me?

February 21, 2015 - Second Sunday of Lent

Peter, James, and John wanted to build a “booth” for Jesus and just stay on the mountain where His transfiguration took place. But the Son of God, the Chosen One, knew that He must instead keep moving toward His crucifixion. We, too, must rise from worship and do what we can to hasten the coming of the kingdom.

February 28, 2015 - Third Sunday of Lent

The parable in today’s Gospel clearly warns that we, like the fig tree, will be judged by our fruit.While God mercifully provides us with time and opportunity, let us give witness to our faith with deeds of kindness and generosity!

or (if the readings from Cycle A are used)

When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, He opened the door for a life changing relationship with Him. Scripture says her testimony drew many others to Him as well. We, too, must be ready to respond whenever and wherever the Lord speaks to us and be prepared for it to change our lives!