Browsing the 2021 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

Browsing the 2021 archive of Deacon Ernie's Reflections

2nd Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is scourged

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/23/21

As a way of imaginatively meditating on this 2nd Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, I ask you once again to insert yourself into the scenes I present - seeing, hearing, feeling all that is happening

Watching from a distance, you see Judas Iscariot and a cohort of soldiers approach ... Read More »

Lenten Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:  1st - Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/18/21

Lenten Meditations on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary:  1st - Jesus’ Agony in the Garden.

One of my favorite verses from scripture is the one we hear on Ash Wednesday from the Prophet Joel:  “Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, ... Read More »

The Power of Jesus’ Touch

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/13/21

Dear friends, for those who heard me preach at the 4:00 Mass last Saturday, this article will be somewhat redundant.  That night I shared a line from the Gospel that really struck me. Jesus had just entered the house of Simon Peter, whose mother-in-law was sick with fever. “He ... Read More »

The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 2/06/21

In preparing my homily for this weekend, I was particularly struck by the first lines of the reading from the book of Job, which in my estimation reflect what we’re all feeling during this seemingly endless pandemic. “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery? Are not his days ... Read More »

1-24-2021 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Lord is Calling You!

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/20/21

There is a consistent theme running through the Old Testament and Gospel readings from last Sunday and today as well. In each of the readings, men are “called” to different forms of service to God’s people – i.e., to discipleship. Last week’s first reading introduced the prophet, Samuel who ... Read More »

1-17-2021 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 1/14/21

To what do we pledge allegiance?

In my last article for the Feast of the Epiphany, I mentioned how the star of Bethlehem was invisible during the day and that only in the dark of night did its brilliance shine and lead the Magi to Jesus. Similarly I said ... Read More »