4th Sunday of Easter: A Shepherd with a Heart Jn 10:1-10

04-30-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

The first three Sundays of Easter bring us back to the days after the resurrection and deepen our understanding of the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb. What does it mean to us? The Gospel brings us back to the early days of the ministry of Jesus. John uses one of the common occupations to describe His mission. Jesus describes Himself as a Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Such is the image we reflect on Good Shepherd Sunday. Our Easter journey continues knowing that we are in the watchful care of the Divine Shepherd.


3rd Sunday of Easter: The Emmaus Experience, Lk 24:13-35

04-23-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

Cleopas and another disciple were on their way to Emmaus when Jesus started walking with them and explained everything that transpired and how the Scriptures contained all these truths about the Messiah, Jesus. Feeling they needed to know more and evening was setting in, they asked Him to stay with them; Jesus responded by giving them a great gift: the Eucharist, by which they could enter into a deeper relationship; and at the same time be more present with them. Receiving the Blessed Sacrament is entering into a profound communion with the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.


2nd Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday: Jn 20:19-31

04-16-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

St. John Paul II established the feast of the Divine Mercy during the Jubilee Year of 2000. It is a feast that the church desperately needs, as St. Faustina describes, the unconditional and unfathomable mercy of God. In this feast, Jesus revealed His wounded heart, manifested in divine mercy. Jesus invites us to see and feel this HEART in His risen life so we can be agents of His mercy to a wounded world. Let us not persist in our unbelief like Thomas and confess our faith: My Lord and God. Because Jesus praises those who have more FAITH: Blessed are those who have not seen and have believe.


Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: No Greater Love, Mt 26:14 27:66

04-02-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

Passion Sunday signals the start of Holy Week, a memorable week. If we journey with our Lord Jesus this whole week, it will be an experience of a week to remember. This week, we WALK our TALK. This means trying to show the fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Generosity, Fruitfulness, Gentleness, Kindness, and, and Self- Control. Let us try to live what it means to be human.


5th Sunday of Lent: Released from the Tomb, Jn 11:1-45

03-26-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

During my 30-day Ignatian retreat, my spiritual director asked me if I ever brought my anger issue into my prayer. For almost two decades at that time, I was constantly wrestling with the demon of anger. There is a problem with holding anger in one’s heart: Holding on to anger is like having it in the palm of your hands, like a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone; you are the first to get burned. The teacher who put me down and embarrassed me in front of everyone did not even know the extent of the psychological trauma I suffered. All those years, I have not forgiven him.


4th Sunday of Lent: Faith Insight, Jn 9:1-41

03-19-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

The story of the man born blind in the Gospel this Sunday takes us back to the mentality among the Jews of that time; that such blindness is the result of the sins committed by the man or his parents. Jesus corrected that belief by saying that the blindness of the man was not because he sinned or his parents sinned, but so that God's power - comes to light in His ministry. Jesus proceeded to mix a little earth with saliva and put it on the eyes of the blind man. This action of Jesus alludes to the creation story in Gen. 2:7, LORD God formed the man (Adam) out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Adam is a popular Hebrew name that means the son of the crimson earth. By healing the man born blind, Jesus worked a new creation.


Preparing for Sunday, March 19

03-16-2023Preparing for Sunday

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3rd Sunday of Lent: Spiritual Thirst, Jn 4:5-42

03-12-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

The people of Israel have come a long way after their exodus from Egypt. They wandered in the desert of Sinai, and at Horeb, they complained and blamed Moses, reminiscing their better days in Egypt. The Israelites were like the Samaritan woman in the Gospel; they found themselves in great difficulty and discouragement. Their physical thirst is an expression of a deeper thirst, spiritual. Exteriorly they seemed to follow the Lord’s leading, but interiorly, their hearts drifted away from Him, even dreaming of a better situation in Egypt. They murmured: Does the Lord want us to die here of thirst? Is He in our midst or not? Moses knows that Yahweh is in their midst; it’s the people who are not with God; because their hearts are away from Him. Moses implores God to intervene. Yahweh reveals His presence by giving them the miraculous water flowing from the rock.


2nd Sunday of Lent: Transfiguration Mt 17:1-9

03-05-2023Weekly ReflectionFr. Bing Colasito

Peter, James, and John experienced God’s manifestation differently when “a bright cloud cast a shadow over them” and heard the voice confirming the only begotten Son. Like the many Old Testament manifestations of a thick and luminous cloud, this phenomenon signifies God’s presence. During Israel’s exodus: The LORD preceded them, in the daytime using a column of clouds to show them the way (Ex. 13:21). When God gave the Ten Commandments, the mist of God’s glory overshadowed Mt. Sinai as Moses received it (Ex. 24:15-18). The clouds filled up the tabernacle or tent, a clear sign of God’s presence (Ex. 40:34). And when the first temple built by King Solomon was dedicated, a cloud overshadowed it (1Kg. 8:11).