March 2018

Reflection March 22

2018-03-20T12:08:42-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

John 8:51-59

“Whoever is true to my word shall never see death.” Obviously, he was not referring to the avoidance of physical death. He was talking about a quality of life so rich, so radiant, and so real that it will last forever. Not even death can destroy it. The practical significance of that is evident. It teaches us that we should quit postponing eternal life. We ought to be living it right now. We do not have to wait until we get to heaven. We can bring a little bit of heaven down to earth. We can live with an eternal quality, starting today.

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Reflection March 21

2018-03-20T12:07:49-05:00March 21st, 2018|Reflections|

John 8:31-42

Discipleship begins with belief.  The beginning of discipleship is the moment when a person accepts what Jesus says as true.  When a person accepts all that Jesus says about the love of God, when a person accepts all that Jesus says about the terror of sin, when a person accepts all that Jesus says about the real meaning of life, then on that day the person begins to be a disciple of Jesus. Let us thank God for our call to be his disciples.

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Reflection March 20

2018-03-17T11:09:10-05:00March 20th, 2018|Reflections|

Numbers 21:4-9

Why is it that God’s chosen people so often sound like God’s spoiled people? In today’s reading, the people freed from slavery in Egypt are complaining because they have fallen upon hard times as they enter into their Exodus experience. It would seem that bad food eaten as a free person would always taste better than good food eaten as an enslaved person. We long for the good old days even though we know they were not that good. God has made it very clear that it is up to us to fix what is wrong in our world. Fortunately, God no longer sends poisonous serpents every time we complain about what is wrong, although that would certainly teach us to curtail our complaining.

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Reflection March 19

2018-03-17T11:06:40-05:00March 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of St. Joseph

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Ok, so have you buried St. Joseph upside down in order to sell a house? Is it superstition or interces­sion? In intercession, we ask for a saint’s help in obtaining something that will strengthen our faith and love; supersti­tion, on the other hand, is asking a saint to manipulate God to get what we want. Selling a house could well allow us the peace of mind to return to loving God, but do we really think that manipulating God will get us a buyer? When all of our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have—not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.

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Reflection March 18   

2018-03-17T11:04:08-05:00March 18th, 2018|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday of Lent

John 11:1-45

Martha and Mary were sad that their brother died and then disappointed that Jesus took his time in coming. Martha said ‘I know he will rise again, in the resurrection on the last day.’ Now Jesus affirmed that faith, but then offered her something better. Jesus went beyond that and said:  “I am the resurrection and the life.”  That statement embraces the hope of life after death but it also includes the promise of life here and now.  Like Martha and Mary our faith is tested. But Jesus comes in his own good time and reminds us that he is the resurrection and the life.

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Reflection March 17

2018-03-17T11:01:03-05:00March 17th, 2018|Reflections|

John 7:40-53

Jesus was in Jerusalem and his teaching had incurred the wrath of the Sanhedrin.  They themselves could not apprehend him so they sent out the temple guards with orders to arrest him. The guards were so impressed with the teachings of Jesus they went back empty-handed.  In retrospect it becomes clear that the Sanhedrin Court was wrong and the temple guards were right.  Can we see this at work in our own lives today?  This ancient event is telling us today that we should always keep our minds open to truth.  We should not become so dogmatically sure of our own position that we cannot hear what the other person is saying.  We need to know that wisdom comes from surprising sources.

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Reflection March 16

2018-03-14T21:11:37-05:00March 16th, 2018|Reflections|

John 7:1-2,10,25-30

In this account John wants us to remember during their time in the wilderness the people frequently questioned whether God was with them or not, because Moses, who spoke for God, seemed so ordinary. Yet at other times, God’s presence was so obvious that they described it as a shining cloud in their midst or a raging fire on the mountaintop. If we look at those stories, we see that when God is doing what they want, they are certain he is there, and when God is not doing what they want, they accuse him of being absent. The people want a Messiah who will do things their way – so they reject Jesus. Will we wander in the wilderness of our doubts and our demands on God, or will we use these forty days of Lent to listen to God speak to us and lead us into God’s own plan for us?

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Reflection March 15

2018-03-13T21:20:40-05:00March 15th, 2018|Reflections|

John 5:31-47

The Jewish authorities made the mistake of assuming that when the Messiah came he would be one of them or at least would think like them. That is, he would be concerned with upholding the religious system, for which they worked, with its power to control others, a power drawn from their claim to know more about God than mere lay people could know. The church gives us Lent as a time to rediscover who Jesus truly is in our lives and in the life of our community of faith. The authorities missed the obvious by sticking to their own presuppositions. Let us not miss the obvious, for he is with us and in us now.

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Reflection March 14

2018-03-12T18:58:47-05:00March 14th, 2018|Reflections|

John 5:17-30

For all the different ways of expressing things human and divine that we find in the Bible, there are some common themes that run from start to finish. One such theme is that God has shared his own life with his creatures. God shares with us an energy that allows us to grow and to reproduce our kind. He shares with us a mind that allows us to think and discover the truth about our world. He shares with us a heart that enables us to love and to be loved. He shares with us a language that provides us with communications from times long past, as well as with one another. He shares with us a conscience that discerns right from wrong.

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Reflection – March 13

2018-03-12T18:56:39-05:00March 13th, 2018|Reflections|

John 5:1-6

Jesus begins by asking the man if he wanted to be cured. It is not as foolish a question as it may sound. There are invalids for whom invalidism is a not an unpleasant thing, because someone else does all the work and all the worrying. But this man’s response was immediate. The first essential towards receiving the power of Jesus is the intense desire for it. Jesus comes to us and says: “Do you really want to be changed?” If in our inmost hearts we are well content to stay as we are there can be no change for us. The desire for the better things must be surging in our hearts. The power of God never dispenses with our efforts. No one can sit back and relax and expect a miracle.

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