Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing Deacon Ernie's Reflections

2-23-2020 "Be Perfect?"

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/21/20

Be Perfect???In the last line of today’s Gospel Jesus says: “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Well, let’s face facts; perfection is not something that you, I or anyone is capable of achieving. Thus Jesus’ command to “be perfect,” seems a bit absurd, doesn’t it? So ... Read More »

2-16-2020 With Living Comes Wisdom

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/16/20

With Living Comes Wisdom

The first of today’s scripture readings is taken from an ancient book, titled:

The Wisdom of Joshua Ben Sira - a.k.a., The Book of Sirach.

It is one of the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, and treats of good morals and the true religious ... Read More »

2-09-2020 Salt and Light

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/10/20

Salt and Light

Today’s Gospel provides us with an example of Jesus recruiting disciples to assist him with his mission. Son of God though he is, building the Kingdom requires workers who are united in their commitment to heed Jesus’ call and who in turn can inspire others to ... Read More »

2-2-2020 Food for the Soul

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/01/20

Food for the Soul

Last week we celebrated for the first time, the Sunday of the Word of God. You may have noticed that the Book of Gospels, which the deacons hold aloft during the opening procession, was placed upright on the altar. This is intended to give prominence ... Read More »

1-26-2020 Sunday of the Word of God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/27/20

I recently learned that back in September of 2019, Pope Francis published an apostolic letter titled: Aperuti Illis, establishing the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary time as: “Sunday of the Word of God.” In this letter he says: “The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred ... Read More »

1-19-2020 Here I am Lord; I come to do your will!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/18/20

Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.

In today’s excerpt from the prophet Isaiah, he shares with us an intimate detail of one of his encounters with God: “The Lord said to me: you are my servant.” Many years later referring to himself Jesus said: “the ... Read More »

1-12-2020 Baptism of Jesus

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/12/20

Baptism of Jesus

When I read scripture, I often wish that more information was available so as to leave out the guesswork. Take for example the 18 ‘hidden years’ of Jesus. Between the ages of 12 and 30, we don’t know anything about him. Consequently, we can only speculate ... Read More »

1-5-2020 The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/05/20

The Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany takes its name from the Greek word, epiphania, which denotes the visit of a god to earth. For Christians, today’s feast recalls the adoration of Jesus by Gentile (non-Jewish) wise men (magi) from the East, emphasizing the fact that Jesus came as the anointed one ... Read More »

12-15-19 Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/13/19

Jesus is the Messiah - the Christ!

Today, being the third Sunday of Advent, is known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. The term “Gaudete,” is taken from the entrance antiphon of the Mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near.” As you know, ... Read More »

12-1-19 The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/01/19

The Most Meaningful Christmas Ever!

Once again our annual celebration of Advent is upon us, a time of joyful preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, when the first coming of Christ is remembered, and also a season when our minds and hearts are directed to His second coming at ... Read More »