May 2018

Reflection May 31

2018-05-21T10:47:33-06:00May 31st, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:39-56

God of all times and ages, may your Spirit be with us in our own “visitations” with family and friends, with all who come to us in need, with those who extend their hand to us.  May we not shrink away from the opportunity to be Mary and Elizabeth for another: to embrace and be embraced by your grace and your Spirit of love; to help others realize the peace and hope of your presence in their lives as we have come to know it ours

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Reflection May 30

2018-05-21T10:46:27-06:00May 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Mark 10:32-45

Greatness in Jesus’ kingdom required that the disciples drink his cup and undergo his baptism, both of which are references to his suffering. James and John insist that they are able, but do not yet understand that greatness means servanthood.“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant,” said Jesus, “and whoever would be first … must be slave of all.” Will we be disciples of our culture or disciples of the Christ.

 

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Reflection May 28

2018-05-21T10:44:48-06:00May 28th, 2018|Reflections|

Mark 10:17-27

In today’s gospel a rich young aristocrat comes running to a poor man (Jesus) and asking Jesus for what he has. Here was a man who supposedly had everything that money can buy yet there was something missing. But Jesus could see right through this man – he was a phony. He was impressed with himself having kept all the laws and rules. The real problem was not the man’s money, but his arrogant attitude. That which stood between him and eternal life was not a big bank account, but a prideful spirit. Jesus placed before him a real challenge which demanded radical choices. There is no true holiness without humility?Those who know God are always humble; those who do not know God are invariably quite sure of themselves.

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Reflections May 27

2018-05-21T10:43:35-06:00May 27th, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Matthew 28:16-20

What does the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity tell us about the kind of God we worship and the kind of people we should be?The Trinity shows us that three is community, three is love at its best. Each one of us becomes fully human only when we are in relationship with God and in relationship with others. In that way our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God. I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people. May the grace of the Holy Trinity help us to banish all traces of selfishness in our lives and to live in love of God and of neighbor.

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Reflection May 26

2018-05-21T10:42:43-06:00May 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of St. Philip Neri

Mark 10:13-16

This passage tells us a great deal about Jesus. It tells us that he was the kind of person who cared for children and that children were not afraid of him. He could not have been a stern, gloomy and joyless person. He must have smiled easily and laughed joyously. This little, precious incident sheds a lot of light on the kind of person Jesus was. Do others see us as being approachable? Do others feel comfortable in our presence?  Can they see Jesus in us?

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Reflection May 25

2018-05-21T10:41:53-06:00May 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of St. Bede the Venerable, St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi

Mark 10:1-12

Jesus came to raise the moral law to a higher level than ordinarily practiced. We see a perfect example of “fulfilling the law” in this lesson from Mark’s gospel. We want to water down the claims of the gospel to make it more attractive to be a Christian. We appeal to human weakness and divine forgiveness as grounds for excusing all kinds of behavior. What an incredible example we find in Jesus. You and I have the responsibility to embody this life of Jesus and encourage others to do the same. Let us pray for one another that we will hold on to our convictions and trust in God’s love and support.

 

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Reflection May 24

2018-05-21T10:41:00-06:00May 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Mark 9:41-50

These verses remain a strong challenge to the wishy-washy Christian. They are a clarion call to the eliminating of evil in our lives. We ought to ruthlessly prune out the briars that strangle the life of purity and purpose. We need to rid our lives of the habits and lusts which deflect us from a life of faith. We need to learn to manage our anger because anger is the enemy of love. We need to deal with our despair because despair is the enemy of hope. We need to overcome our cynicism because cynicism is the enemy of faith. Eliminating evil habits and lusts is no easy task. We need the Lord!

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Reflection May 23

2018-05-21T10:40:03-06:00May 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

Mark 9:38-40

In today’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples are declaring that exorcists who drive out demons in Jesus’ name but do not follow him should be prevented from using Jesus’ name. But Jesus has a much broader picture, declaring that others cannot use his name to accomplish their deeds and at the same time speak ill of him. Therefore, “whoever is not against us is for us,”he states. Just think of what kind of world we could have if instead of spending our time trying to figure out who is in and who is out, we just focused on the all-inclusive pic­ture as Jesus did.

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Reflection May 22

2018-05-21T10:39:10-06:00May 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of St. Rita of Cascia

Mark 9:30-37

“They fell silent, for on the way they had been arguing about who was the most important.”I think we could all agree that the theme of today’s readings is competition. Competition is an integral part of life – in a sense we cannot live without it yet in today’s gospel we see the sense of competitive instinct gone wrong.  We who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ are faced with the challenge of trying to reconcile both these worlds – a world of competition and a world of caring and sharing.  If you must be competitive even in religion and spirituality, then don’t let anyone else outdo you in service to others.

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Reflection May 21

2018-05-21T10:38:18-06:00May 21st, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions

Mark 9:14-29

In this passage, we can get lost in the story of the possessed man – but what catches our attention is the interaction between Jesus and his disciples. It begins and ends with his disciples. They had just experienced an overwhelming moment at the Transfiguration – yet they failed in their ministry because of their lack of prayer or the right kind of prayer. They still were not close enough to God. “Why is it that we could not expel the demon?”Jesus replied, “This kind you can drive out only by prayer.” Are we women and men of prayer?

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