Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-22-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection – October 22, 202129th Friday in Ordinary time, October 22, 2021, Feast of Saint John Paul IIRom 7:18-25a, Ps 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94, Lk 12:54-59 I was at a meeting the other day when someone announced, “Evil is afoot.” I was wondering if they were reliving the time of the apostlesContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-22-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-15-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection28th Friday in Ordinary time, Feast of St Theresa of Avila, October 15, 2021Rom 4:1-8, Ps 32:1b-2, 5, 11, Lk 12:1-7 (or Rom 8:22-27, Jn 15:1-8).  Today, on the feast day of St. Theresa of Avila, we hear about faith, hope, and love, not in the sense of the catchy phrase youContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-15-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-8-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection27th Friday in Ordinary time, October 8, 2021Jl 1:13-15-2:1-2; Ps 9:2-3, 6, 16, 8-9; Jn 12:13b-32 In whom do you trust? This seems like a fair question these days. The news is full of questions of trust. Fake news, political agendas, misinformation, one agency stating purported facts while another reports the exactContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-8-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-1-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionOctober 1, 2021Friday, Oct 1, 2021, 26th Friday in Ordinary TimeMemorial of St Therese of Lisieux Is 66:10-14c, Ps 79:1b-5, 8-9; Mt 18:1-4 Today is the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the St. Therese of the Child Jesus, or the “Little Flower.” St. Therese is known for herContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 10-1-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-24-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionSeptember 24, 202125th Friday in Ordinary Time, September 24, 2021Hg 2:1-9; Ps 43:1-4; Lk 9:18-22 The first reading opens up with an impassioned plea by Haggi to rebuild the temple. Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does itContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-24-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-17-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionSeptember 17, 202124th Friday in Ordinary time, September 17, 20211 Tm 6:2c-12; Ps 49: 6-10, 17-20; Lk 8:1-3 St. Paul does not mince words today. Either you are with Jesus, or you are against, and Paul uses some strong words to say how you are against. Paul’s three letters to Timothy areContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-17-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-10-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionSeptember 10, 202123rd Friday in Ordinary Time, Year 11 Tim 1:15-17, Ps 113:1b-2-7, Lk 6:43-49 If I have learned anything in life, it is that I am not perfect. I fail, I am a sinner, and I often need to ask for forgiveness and seek repentance. I really like St Paul’s reading todayContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 9-10-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 9-4-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s HomilySeptember 4th & 5th, 202123rd  Sunday in Ordinary timeIs 35:4-7a; Ps 146:7-10; Jas 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37 A long time ago, probably 30 years ago, I was talking with a friend of mine. Somehow, we got on the subject of Jesus’ miracles and how important they were during Jesus’ time. In ancient times,Continue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 9-4-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-27-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionAugust 27, 2021Friday August 27, 2021, 21st week in Ordinary TimeFeast of St Monica1 Thes 4:1-8, Ps 97:1-2b,5-6,10-12, Mt 25:1-13 Today we celebrate the feast of St Monica, the mother of St Augustine. It’s too bad we do not have Mass here at St James tomorrow morning as it would be aContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-27-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-20-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionAugust 20, 2021Friday, August 20, 2021, 20th week in Ordinary timeRu 1: 1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22; Ps 146:5-10; Mt 22:34-40 Several years ago, at a friend’s 50th wedding anniversary, an elderly priest (and mutual friend), rededicated the couple’s marriage.  It is not often you find couples married for 50 years anymore, butContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-20-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-13-21

19th week in ordinary time, Friday, August 13 Jos 24:14-29, Ps 136:1-3,16-18, 21-22, 24, Mt 19:3-12 There are many things in this world we struggle to understand. And at the same time, there are things that just are, they are perfect in themselves. I know this sounds confusing but there is one thing that isContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-13-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-6-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionAugust 6, 202118th Friday in Ordinary time. The Transfiguration. Dn 7:9-10, 13-14; Ps 97:1-2,5-6,9; 2 Pt 1:16-19; Mk 9:2-10 Whenever I hear the Gospel reading from today, my mind always goes back to picturing the painting above the altar at St James Belvidere. It is a beautiful rendition of Christ’s Transfiguration. Every timeContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 8-6-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-30-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionJuly 30, 202117th Friday in ordinary Time – July 30, 2021LV23, 1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37, Ps 81:3-6, 10 -11ab, Mt 13:54-56 A young man decides to leave the small town he grew up in because there is not much there to offer him. He heads out to the “big city” andContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-30-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-23-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionJuly 23, 202116th Friday, July 23,2021 in Ordinary Time, Yr1Ex 20-1:17, Ps 19:8-11, Mt 13:18-23 If it were just that simple to look at God’s laws and follow them, there would be no need to be reminded of them. But life is not that way. Life is full of ups and downs,Continue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-23-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-16-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionFriday, July 16, 2021 – 15th Week in Ordinary TimeEx 11:10-12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18; Mt12-1-8 We need to pay close attention to today’s reading from the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. It is where God prescribes the method the Israelites will celebrate the feast of the PassoverContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-16-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-9-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionJuly 9, 202114th Week Ordinary Time, FridayGn 46:1-7, 28-30; Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40; Mt 10:16-23Also Memorial of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions, Martyrs Today not only marks Friday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, it also is a Memorial to St. Augustine Zhao Rong and about 120 other martyrsContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-9-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-2-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s ReflectionFriday, July 2, 2021 – 13th Week In Ordinary TimeGen 23:1-4, 19; 21:1-8; 62-67 Ps 106 Mt 9:9-13 We have heard a lot about Mercy over the last few years starting with Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2015 to 2016. During this special time, extra graces were endowed on usContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Reflection 7-2-21”

Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 6-18-21

Deacon Stu Dobson’s HomilyJune 18, 2021Friday, June 18, 2021 – 11th Week in Ordinary Time2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 Ps 34:2-7 Mt 6:19-23 If you have not noticed by now, St. Paul is quite a complex guy. All week long we have been hearing him preach to the Corinthians about all the misleading teachings they hadContinue reading “Deacon Stu Dobson’s Homily 6-18-21”