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Browsing the 2022 archive of GOSPEL MEDITATIONS

Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/31/22

January 1, 2023

Mary, The Holy Mother of God

We hide ourselves and our secrets from God because we are afraid. Even Mary can seem too perfect to approach. The shepherds find the strength to speak to Mary and Joseph at the moment they see the child in the ... Read More »

December 25, 2022 The Nativity of the Lord

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/20/22

December 25, 2022

The Nativity of the Lord

As we age, time seems to pass more quickly. Years seemingly fly by as one holiday flows into the next, January quickly becomes December and life maintains its hectic pace. What do we accomplish in all of that busyness? Perhaps technology ... Read More »

December 18, 2022 4th Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/16/22

December 18, 2022 4th Sunday of Advent

An entire town is wiped out by fire, a tornado rips through several neighborhoods, a bomb claims a maternity hospital and a sudden heart attack takes the life of a soul mate. Life is unpredictable and dramatic. Many buy into the sad ... Read More »

December 11, 2022 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/11/22

December 11, 2022 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Life can leave us feeling dark and desolate. Sandy was just twenty-eight when her husband, Rob, died, leaving her to raise their two young children. She was without paid employment. Rob went to work one morning and never returned home. Sandy, ... Read More »

December 4, 2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 12/04/22

For six years I lived with a priest from Iraq. His hospitality was amazing. Every single morning, he would greet me with gracious words and a friendly tone. “Father, good morning! It’s good to see you, my friend!” He never stopped doing it, even though we lived in the ... Read More »

November 27, 2022 1st Sunday of Advent

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/26/22

First Sunday of Advent 2022

A few days ago, my iphone gave me a weekly message: “Last week, your total screen time was down 17%.” I thought, good for me! But the message continued: “You averaged 5 hours and 23 minutes of screen time.” Yikes.

Where do we place ... Read More »

November 20, 2022, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/19/22

November 20, 2022, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

It’s not unreasonable to think that if God wanted to make a statement he could do so in a very dramatic way. After all, he spoke through a burning bush that didn’t actually burn, parted the Red Sea, ... Read More »

November 13, 2022 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/13/22

November 13, 2022 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many make it their life’s ambition to determine precisely when the world will end. By reading the signs of the times, consulting scripture, or looking to prophetic predictions that are sometimes centuries old, they claim a certain credibility in being able ... Read More »

November 6, 2022 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 11/05/22

November 6, 2022

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Facing her 50th birthday and recently diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes, Rebecca was at a crossroads.  Realizing that she had neglected her health and fitness over the years and allowed herself to gain significant weight, she felt poorly about who she had ... Read More »

October 30, 2022 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 10/29/22

October 30, 2022

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Barry had a life sentence in prison for doing unthinkable crimes. He would often remark to the chaplain that he was an atheist and could not bring himself to believe in any “god.” When the chaplain asked why, Barry quickly retorted ... Read More »