Genesis 3:15 is sometimes referred to as the “protogospel”. That is, the first gospel. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.” In other words, this is the first promise of a redeemer. And this promise tells us the redeemer will be an offspring of the woman, of Mary, the Mother of God.
Reflections on the final three words of Jesus from the Cross by my good friend Msgr. Richard Lavalley.
Brother Joseph Paul shares with us that we are to look for the crucified one and bow to Him. Christ is our companion in our suffering.
Brother Andrew Martin reminds us that today’s challenging reality reflects a new normal that Jesus invites us into. Even after all this time, Br. Andrew Martin asks if we have yet become accustomed to the ‘New Normal’ of Christ. If we live in Christ, he accompanies us in our fear, and invites us to trust in Him.
Reflections on the fourth word from the Cross from Jesus from my good friend Msgr. Richard Lavalley. This reflection is well worth listening to today.
Fr. Ed Ruane, O.P. calls our attention to two readings in which Moses and Jesus beg for salvation for the people they love. This message is particularly relevant to us, whose hearts are always prone to hardness. He asks us to pray hard for a second conversion, that we be drawn more deeply into the…
“I saw water flowing out from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east.” Water and the Temple. This line from the prophet Ezekiel is an interesting one. When have we seen, in the gospels, water flowing out of the Temple? It is when Jesus has died, and a lance is thrust through Jesus. Blood and Water flows from his side.
“Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth.” These words from the prophet Isaiah seem so necessary right now. All the words of Sacred Scripture seem so different in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Don’t we need a new heavens and a new earth so desperately these days?
We take precautions for a virus we cannot see, smell, touch or taste. We know of the power of an invisible virus. Just imagine what we can do if we become agents of grace. We cannot see Christ either, but the power of grace and his presence is most powerful. Reflections from my friend, Msgr. Richard Lavalley.
This Lent, we are called to uphold the foundations of our faith and teach them to others so that when the time may come, we will be ready to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven as the best person we can possibly be along with those that we have helped along the way.