Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

Jesus teaches the leaders of his day that seeking to appear to be good isn’t enough. He challenges the Scribes and Pharisees to move beyond empty exercise of egoism. Whom do I seek to please? Where do my priorities lie? Am I satisfied that God is pleased with the...
Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

When Jesus cites the woes of the Pharisees, He shows us that hypocrisy is its own punishment. If we lack integrity, it is inevitable that we will be disappointed. Am I able to acknowledge the sad consequences of my inconsistencies? Am I able to name my failings and to...
Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

Jesus is the narrow gate. One must seek Him and know Him to access the Truth. Salvation does not depend on status, rather, on the ability to struggle to believe. Do I know Jesus? Am I willing to go beyond learning about Jesus and to enter into a relationship with Him?...
Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

Jesus berates the Scribes and Pharisees not only for their hypocrisy but also for their inability to see it. How can the learned be satisfied with only outward appearances? St. Augustine reminds us that “we are leaders and servants: we lead when we serve.” May our...
Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

Jesus teaches consistently that the greatest commandment of all is to love God and one’s neighbor. We can never cleave one from the other. Neither love of God nor love for neighbor makes any sense without the other. Each is necessary for the whole of love. O gracious...
Guest House Daily Reflection

Guest House Daily Reflection

The parable of the marriage feast shows us the power of metaphor as Jesus instructs His followers about the kingdom of Heaven. All are invited, but each must be properly attired. How can I count on Heaven if I don’t put on love? Without charity, I am under-dressed to...