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Finding God In Our Hearts with Msgr. Don Fischer

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At a particular time in our evolution, God chose to enter into our world and a story was born. It has been carefully written, proclaimed and pondered. It possesses the power to awaken a knowing that has always been in us…the ability to experience the God who is, and to know a love that exceeds all others. Msgr. Don was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967. His preaching ministry grew beyond his parish work, and in 1987 began a Sunday radio broadcast that ran for 36 years on WRR in Dallas, TX. He has never tired of pondering the story, and admits the God he knew at his ordination, has little in common with the God he has discovered. Pastoral Reflections institute is non-profit located in Dallas, TX dedicated to enriching your spiritual journey.

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At a particular time in our evolution, God chose to enter into our world and a story was born. It has been carefully written, proclaimed and pondered. It possesses the power to awaken a knowing that has always been in us…the ability to experience the God who is, and to know a love that exceeds all others. Msgr. Don was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967. His preaching ministry grew beyond his parish work, and in 1987 began a Sunday radio broadcast that ran for 36 years on WRR in Dallas, TX. He has never tired of pondering the story, and admits the God he knew at his ordination, has little in common with the God he has discovered. Pastoral Reflections institute is non-profit located in Dallas, TX dedicated to enriching your spiritual journey.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-16-24 - Tuesday of the 15th Week of Ordinary Time

7/16/2024
Gospel Matthew 11:20-24 Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum: Will you be exalted to heaven? You will go down to the nether world. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” Reflection We know that Jesus is divine. We forget sometimes that he is also human, and as a human being, he can feel and be frustrated as any of us would be. When something that we're working on, something we believe in, so much is not working, it's not convincing people that they need to pay attention to Jesus as the representative of God. And because he can do these marvelous, wonderful deeds, they still won't accept him. And so his condemnation of them is more of a frustration with them wanting them to realize how important it is that they do receive his message. Please ponder this reflection. In a few moments, I will close with a prayer. Closing Prayer Father, when we live in an illusion and someone points out that illusion, it's not unusual for us to be absolutely angry and resistant. And that just shows that there is a part of all humanity that has a difficult time shifting its emphasis in its focus. Give us patience with each other. Help us to know that God will continue to work with us, but he'll warn us over and over again that if we don't change, we won't find the life that he's made for us. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:06:28

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-15-24 - Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

7/15/2024
Gospel Matthew 10:34-11:1 Jesus said to his Apostles: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” When Jesus finished giving these commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns. Reflection Two things strike me about this gospel passage. One, is we see Jesus in a way, frustrated. We see his humanity, his deep desire that people receive the truth, that he longs to give them. And he's constantly met with rejection. So he makes it clear to his disciples that this process of establishing a kingdom of peace is not going to be a peaceful process. There'll be tension. There'll be division. There'll be violence. But he reminds them that there's something in this whole thing that Jesus is trying to teach us about receiving something. You have to receive the message of God as it is presented in the person, Jesus. You have to allow that presence to enter into you and change you and transform you, and make you strong against those who would be against you. So Jesus wanted to make sure his disciples understood. This is not going to be a simple case of going in and doing miracles, everybody believes and then it's over. No, it'll take centuries. We're still in the process trying to figure out truth versus illusion. Please ponder this reflection. In a few moments, I will close with a prayer. Closing Prayer Father, fill us with hope when things are difficult and divided and separated. Keep us in tune with your promise that what you have set out to do, you will accomplish, and we will live in the kingdom of God. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:07:19

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HOMILY • The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

7/14/2024

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-13-24 - Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

7/13/2024
Gospel Matthew 10:24-33 Jesus said to his Apostles: “No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more those of his household! “Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.” Reflection The beginning of this passage speaks clearly that we are to become like the Christ, and that this process is filled with peril and darkness and struggle. And we're told over and over, don't be afraid. Don't be afraid. I've got you covered. I've got your back. I will not let anyone destroy you because you are loved. And everyone who can accept my love, who can believe thy love for them, is as intense as it truly is, then they will be able to love their brothers and sisters. But if they don't allow me to love him, they cannot do the work of the kingdom. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, we get caught up in trying to earn your love and prove to you that we're good enough to deserve your presence and your healing. Free us from all that knowing that you have this gift you long for us simply to receive. Give us an open, generous heart to receive the love, the gifts, the forgiveness, the grace that you want to sew upon us. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:06:54

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-12-24 - Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

7/12/2024
Gospel Matthew 10:16-23 Jesus said to his Apostles: “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” Reflection Jesus told his disciples to be selfless, but now he tells them to be shrewd as serpents and beware of human beings, because they will try to destroy this message, and in the process destroy the messenger. There will be division and discord, and don't take that on as your fault, but know that this kind of work will continue until the end. You will never be finished. All you need to do is be determined, steadfast, and believe in what you're doing. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, give us patience. Give us understanding of what we are doing when we call people into your kingdom. And let us not be always thinking about success and everyone changing because it's never going to be finished. It's clear we'll be doing this until the time you come again to establish your kingdom. And we ask this in Jesu’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:06:33

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-11-24 - Memorial of Saint Benedict, abbot

7/11/2024
Gospel Matthew 10:7-15 Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words— go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” Reflection Jesus, in his wisdom, makes sure that the disciples who are going out with this power within them are not getting caught up in their egos with it, saying, I'm going to go give this, and I'm going to see these people receive it, and it's going to be because I was able to do it. No, it's not about them doing it successfully. It's about them doing it generously. And if it's not accepted, they're not to fear or feel they've failed, but simply to move on and keep offering this to anyone whose heart is open. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, it is difficult for us to be a source of goodness without taking credit for it ourselves. Bless us with a selfless attitude as we go about sharing a gift that has only been given to us to be given freely to one another. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-09-24 - Tuesday of the 14th Week of Ordinary Time

7/9/2024
Gospel Matthew 9:32-38 A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Reflection The Pharisees took almost no time to deal with what Jesus was really saying, and just wrote him off as a demon. But the beauty of who Jesus is in this passage is so important, because it's revealing the God whose heart is filled with compassion and understanding and a desire to free us from pain and suffering. That God had been hidden by the Pharisees and now revealed by Jesus himself. He looked at these people and saw them troubled and abandoned, and his heart was moved with love for them, and desired so deeply to change them. And all he's saying is, the father longs for people like me, like the Christ, to continue the work that I'm establishing and he wants these people to be able to do the work of dealing with people's struggles, their sense of abandonment and shame. When each of us does that, we are creating the kingdom of God. Please ponder this reflection and I'll close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, we often don't realize the power we have through our intention. We're quick to judge, quick to criticize, quick to not understand someone's pain. Bless us with this gift of mercy that is the inheritance that we have your death and resurrection. Make us merciful friends and kind to people that know and understand and feel the suffering of our brothers and sisters. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 07-08-24 - Monday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

7/8/2024
Gospel Matthew 9:18-26 While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died. But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples. A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured. When Jesus arrived at the official’s house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose. And news of this spread throughout all that land. Reflection We see in this gospel the reaction that people have to who God is in Jesus Christ, who he is in us. Radically different than the Old Testament, God in the form of Jesus comes into the world to work individually, personally, with each one of us and longs for us to go through a process much more complicated than following rules and regulations flowing from the temple. But engaging in the work of being transformed into who we have been created to be. We see two reactions to this gift of God in Christ. The woman who is absolutely convinced that he is who he says he is, and he's promised healing to her, and she just needs to touch him, and she's healed. And then there's those who resist, those who are mourning the death of someone. When Jesus comes, they are told he's there to heal, to transform, to bring somebody out of a place of death. They mock him and make fun of him. It sets the tone for the way in which the gospel will find root in the people of God. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, it's difficult for us to embrace the fullness of the way in which the New Testament teaches, you will be working in us, with us, for us, and giving us everything that we need. And that is in the form of healing those weaknesses that we've inherited. And we need that gift, keep us strong in our faith and trust that it is never earned, but only generously shared through your love for us. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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HOMILY • The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

7/7/2024

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-06-24 - Saturday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

7/6/2024
Gospel Matthew 9:14-17 The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse. People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” Reflection The practice of fasting was a way of preparing for something that was coming, to make you more aware of it, more attentive to what it really meant. And so, in a sense, the Old Testament was an evolution of understanding of religion that was leading to the fullness that came in Jesus. And it's so radically different. And the radical difference is the way in which God deals with us, in our weaknesses. He is not demanding sacrifices any longer. He demands only that we accept mercy. And you can't put mercy into the same category as you can, rules and regulations and punishment. What Jesus is trying to teach the disciples of John, is how radical a change is about to take place. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, it's difficult for us to fathom the fullness of your message. It goes against so much that's in our own broken human nature, where we feel revenge and we feel that it's difficult to forgive people. But open us to the fullness of who you are, so that it would be a way of being in the world that'll be so different that the old will seem absolutely useless, and the new will bring us life. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-05-24 - Friday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

7/5/2024
Gospel Matthew 9:9-13 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” Reflection The temple was based in the law and justice. And when someone did not do what the law required, there was a ritual they had to go through to become clean again. And what Jesus is saying is that I'm not interested in people doing something that's required in order for them to be back in good relationship with God. No, I want them to understand that God's love transcends our sinfulness. Mercy is unmerited love. That's what Jesus wants. Not rituals that purify you, but a belief that the God who made you longs more than anything else to give you a sense of his love and his presence when you are at your worst. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, we cannot forgive our brothers and sisters unless we have already been forgiven. Fill us with that awareness that you have. That sin is never something that separates us from you. But it calls us to allow you to forgive us. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-04-24 - Thursday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

7/4/2024
Gospel Matthew 9:1-8 After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Courage, child, your sins are forgiven." At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"– he then said to the paralytic, "Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men. Reflection The fascinating thing about this story is how it equates being in the sense of sin. Feeling sin in you, paralyzes something in us, keeps us from becoming who we need to be. It's called shame and a lack of self-worth. Nothing is more essential to Jesus than we know his love, and his acceptance is always greater than any of our sins. Please ponder this reflection and I'll close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, you have created us in your own image. You are always seeing us as you created us in the beauty that you created. And sin, when we feel it inside of us, will rob us of that awareness of our goodness and keep us from becoming your servants. So bless us with a conviction that if we’re not believing in our own goodness, we cannot move around and create the kingdom of God. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:06:17

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-03-24 - Feast of Saint Thomas, Apostle

7/3/2024
Gospel John 20:24-29 Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But Thomas said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Reflection When Jesus was working with his disciples, he gave them a sign, after a sign of who he was. And he wanted them to believe in him. And so when he did the most amazing thing, died and rose to save us from our sins, he appeared to the 11 without Thomas, and they saw him. And that was enough. But Thomas wasn't there, and he was incredulous. He couldn't believe the witness of the others. So Jesus came to him, with the disciples, and let him touch the wounds. Jesus will reach those he longs to reach through whatever means they need. That's his intention to create in us that kind of conviction and faith. Please ponder this reflection and I will close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, it's clear that you long for us to believe. Because when we believe in the things that are beyond our imagining, we're entering more and more into the kingdom of God. Give us patience with our imperfection of faith. And know that God will work with it and deepen it. And give us sign after sign. Help us to be aware and convinced of all that he teaches. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-02-24 - Tuesday of the 13th Week of Ordinary Time

7/2/2024
Gospel Matthew 8:23-27 As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” Reflection The sea in Scripture is often used as an image of darkness, of evil. And so when these disciples are being called into a battle with evil, when they know that they're going to be confronted with things that are radically opposed to who God is calling them to, they experience fear. And what they're learning from this lesson is that Jesus, even though he's not upset the way things are, he’s resting, in a sense, asleep. But when he's awakened, he says, why are you worried? I got your back. I'm here for you. Don't let the darkness that seems to be destroying you, don't let that happen. Trust in me because I am strong. As witnessed by the fact that he can tell the sea and the wind to cease being a threat. Please ponder this reflection and I'll close with the prayer. Closing Prayer Father, nothing is more essential than trust. Trusting in your power within us that will accomplish whatever it is we need to achieve. And also will protect us from anything that would destroy us. Give us that same trust that Jesus longed to give to his disciples. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 7-01-24 - Monday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

7/1/2024
Gospel Matthew 8:18-22 When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." Another of his disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” Reflection The setting for this passage is Jesus giving orders to cross to the other shore. I believe that's a symbol of the invitation he is placing within their hearts, that they have to make a transition from the old to the new. And anytime there is a transition that's deep and powerful, you want a place that's familiar. You want to go to a place where you can nest. But that's not what happens when you're taking on a whole new way of seeing the world. And so Jesus is saying very clearly, look, I need you to make a decision. It's an urgent decision. Don't worry about finding a place of rest. Transition is uncomfortable, but essential. Closing Prayer Father, we need to trust in your way. You've told us you are the way, the truth in life. When you call us to transformation, we have to follow. We need to do what you're calling us to in order to create the kingdom of God here on this earth. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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HOMILY - The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

6/30/2024

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 6-29-24 - Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

6/29/2024
Gospel Matthew 16:13-19 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Reflection Jesus is making clear that he's given authority to his church. The church must be founded on truth so that the Kingdom of God can take place one day here on this earth. Closing Prayer Father, help us to acknowledge the authority in the truths that we find in our religion. All religions. We pray that churches will proclaim consistently your wisdom, your truth. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 6-28-24 - Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

6/28/2024
Gospel Matthew. 8:1-4 When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” Reflection This story makes clear that if we see Jesus as who he says he is, if we believe that he can do what he promises to do, we will receive that gift. That's the promise. Closing Prayer Father, it's hard for us to believe in your love for us, especially in our sinfulness and our disease. But give us that faith that this leper had, that knows that your desire is not to ever condemn us, but only to heal and free us. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Duration:00:05:21

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 6-27-24 - Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/27/2024
Gospel Matthew 7:21-29 Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. Reflection Jesus knew the background of his disciples, and they were prone to, as the temple seemed to be filled with images of human beings that were doing what was right, but not becoming who God wanted them to be. They lacked authenticity. And what Jesus is trying to say to his disciples is, when I ask you to do something, I'm really not just saying do it. I'm saying, let me enter into you and do it through you. That's our authenticity. That's our strength. God being the source of the power that we have to heal and change people's lives. Closing Prayer Father, over and over again, you show us signs of your desire to share your power, your wisdom, your strength with us. It is not that we can learn what you know, as much as we can be who you are through your indwelling presence. Bless us with the confidence that comes not from ourselves, but from you. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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PRI Reflections on Scripture • 6-26-24 - Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time

6/26/2024
Gospel Matthew 7:15-20 Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” Reflection Jesus is aware that there are many people out there claiming to speak the truth of God, and he tries to make it clear that there is a way to determine whether a true prophet is there or a false prophet. And it's because of the way in which they teach. Does it have authority? Is it coming because they think they can get something back from you if they say it? Or are they saying it because they deeply believe in it and want deeply to change you and bring you into life? A false prophet can be felt and sensed by simply feeling what he is offering. The issue is whether it is life giving or if it leads to darkness. Closing Prayer Father, we pray for discernment. The gift that you give us to sense and to feel what is truly for us. Bless us with wisdom. And we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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