Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 2:23-28 If the performance of our religion prevents us from helping someone in need, then our religion is not religion at all. It might be worth our while to examine our conscience. There are those who are protectors of rules and regulations to the point of smothering life and creativity in others. We are […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Saint Anthony, Pray for us. Mark 2:18-22 A new patch and an old garment are incompatible. New wine and old wineskins are incompatible. Jesus does not offer these domestic proverbs to provide sewing tips for James and John or wine storage tips for Peter and Andrew. Jesus offers these proverbs to point to the gospel […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 2:1-11 We might be tempted to see the Gospel for today only as a miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, but the focus of the gospel is not on the water into wine, as we might first think. The real focus of the gospel is on the change […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 2:13-17 Why is it that Levi,  than the religious keepers of the law, responded so generously to the invitation of Jesus? Because he desperately wanted what Jesus had to offer. He finds grace irresistible. At times are we unbending, too much concerned with the wrongs of others, too caught up in what really does […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 2:1-12 As friends brought a paralytic to Jesus and Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘your sins are forgiven.’ This story reminds me of the power of prayer, especially our prayer for others. When we decide to pray for someone, be sure that we do pray for them. At times, the […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Saint Hilary, Pray for us. Mark 1:40-45 In the scriptures, religion is not a part of life or addition to life; it is the whole of life. If our life is divorced from faith and faith from life, then we are on thin ice. Let us determine today to put our faith, our religion, into […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 1:29-39 We all need quiet space each day, a time of prayer and reflection that keeps life in perspective. It might mean a few moments to read the Scriptures, to pray a decade of the rosary, to read a few pages from a book on the spiritual life, or just being quiet in the […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 1:21-28 The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority, not as their teachers of the law. We too are called to speak and act with authority. We need to reach within our deepest resources to find the credible faith that will call others to the Lord. […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

Mark 1:14-20 Notice how Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God. He always speaks of it in the present tense. It is not something that we will be part of sometime in the future, but something that we are very much a part of here and now. Every expression of compassion and understanding is the […]

Guest House Daily Reflections

The Baptism of the Lord Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 We hear the message spoken of Jesus: This is my beloved son. We believe that about him, but we forget that we are also children of God. We are dust and deity. We are mortal and immortal. Many times, the dust and mortality take precedence over the […]