Scripture Reflection by Father Matt

We Are to Be Christ to Others

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” With these words Jesus shows us his serious desire that we would represent Him to others in all things. We are to be Christ to others, and we are to treat others with the respect and dignity we would give to Christ Himself. St. Catherine of Sienna is a great example of loving others as Christ. In her youth, Catherine desired to live a celibate religious life. Her family, typical of that era, wished to arrange a marriage for her at the earliest opportunity. They were quite cruel to her at times, as they tried to convince her to accept one of her many suitors. Ca

I Love Being a Priest!

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I type this to you just after celebrating Holy Mass on the seventh anniversary of my ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. I love being a priest! I love being Father to you, whether as a pastor, chaplain, or just "that guy I knew from _________ who became a priest." As I said after my first month of ministry, it feels as though I have always been a priest. This is what I was made for by our loving God. My ministry has had its share of ups and downs, but I am sustained by the Eucharist that I am blessed and humbled to celebrate. I take Jesus' words from our Gospel to heart: "Do not be afraid; you are worth many sparrows." God put me in this rol

Corpus Christi - The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, We celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, to commemorate a number of miraculous events in which Jesus reminded us that He is really, truly, substantially present in the Eucharist. I will not go into the history in this reflection, but I want to address how we show our love and respect for Jesus in the Eucharist. We show our reverence for the Body and Blood of Christ in a number of concrete ways: 1. We refrain from eating regular food for at least an hour before we receive Jesus in the Eucharist. This reminds us that the Eucharist is not ordinary food, as well as preventing us from being distracted by the effects

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - Together in Perfect Unity

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, We celebrate the Most Holy Trinity this first Sunday after Pentecost. Our God is a communion of Persons. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit live together in perfect unity. The community of the Trinity is our model for the Church. Like the Trinity, we are called to live as One. This is the first “mark” of the Church, the first identifying characteristic that tells the world that we are in fact the Church. The Church is Holy. This is the second mark of the Church, as we strive to live like Exodus describes the LORD: “a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.” Holiness can be summed up as imitating these virtues.

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, We are blessed to be a Church that sings in many languages but with one voice. We are the Body of Christ with many diverse members but one Spirit. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost enlivens us and inspires us to go forth in Jesus’ name to bring the Gospel to every corner of the Earth. The Pentecost story in the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-11) reveals the mission of the Church in its unity and its diversity. The disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, “began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” The Church continues the legacy of Pentecost as we provide the instrument for the Holy Spirit to reach each indi

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