Scriptural Reflections

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We listen and hold in our hearts the Scriptural Words of covenant with our God …

In order to enhance and deepen our prayer and worship experiences and nourish our spiritual search and social transformation, the Dominican Center is committed to providing solid scriptural reflections for meditation and prayer. From a Dominican perspective, study, prayer, reflection, and dialogue are essential elements in deepening our faith and preaching God’s message of justice and peace to our culture and our world.

The reflections offered here are all scripturally based.  The majority are from the Sundays and Feasts of the Catholic liturgical year. Most are authored by Dominican women and men; however scriptural reflections by other authors are also posted. May the reflections you find here nourish you in your personal faith journey and support you in your mission to heal and transform our world.

Just a dream, just an ordinary dream by Wade Brooks / CC BY-NC 2.0

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Dominican Sister reflects on the Sunday Scriptural Readings. She concludes her message with the words, Let us bring the gift of our lives to the altar in praise and thanksgiving. We will be invited like Elijah to “Get up and eat else the journey will be too long.” ...
Just a dream, just an ordinary dream by Wade Brooks / CC BY-NC 2.0

Feast of Saint Lawrence

August 10th is the feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. A Dominican Sister reflects on the gospel of the feast. She notes that in the gospel Jesus tells us the conditions of discipleship. Jesus does not order us to be faithful, he invites us to be faithful. ...
Just a dream, just an ordinary dream by Wade Brooks / CC BY-NC 2.0

Feast of Saint James, Apostle

Dominican Sister shares her reflection for the feast of Saint James, Apostle. The theme is that of earthen vessels as a metaphor for carrying the love of God into the world. She prays that we will bring about God’s reign without concern for any cost to self. ...
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Trinity Sunday

There are two reflections for the feast of the Holy Trinity. Both authors focus on the mystery and experience of love and relationship. We have been created by Love, out of Love, and for Love. This speaks to our experience of the triune God in our lives....
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Ascension Sunday / Mother’s Day

A Dominican Sister reflects on the Ascension. She notes, the apostles were challenged to look inside of themselves and remember what Jesus had taught them… Do we sometimes “stand looking up at the sky” wondering what we can do? Let us open our eyes...