June 2018

Reflections June 30

2018-06-02T14:15:24-05:00June 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 8:5-17

Jesus heals the centurion’s servant and then Peter’s mother-in-law. There is something in common in both these miracles – and that is service. In the first miracle it is a servant who is ill and in the second miracle Peter’s mother-in-law, after being restored to good health, serves them. This gospel passage hints that we who are in good health have a Christian obligation to those who are not as fortunate.  I really believe that all of us who are in relatively good health have a responsibility to reach out to those who are not feeling well. It might be visits to the sick, it might be a phone call, it might be a card – whatever we can do will be a special presence of Jesus to those who are ill. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hours of adoration will help the sick tremendously

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Reflections June 29

2018-06-02T14:14:35-05:00June 29th, 2018|Reflections|

Saints Peter and Paul

Matthew 16:13-19

Both Peter and Paul became powerful witnesses of Jesus in spite of their short comings and failings, both men bore witness to Jesus Christ and today we honor them as St. Peter and St. Paul. In both instances, Jesus saw a side of them that neither one recognized.  Jesus saw in Peter the potential to be the foundation upon which He would build his Church and recognized in Paul the greatest missionary this Church has ever seen. Now why would Jesus stop recognizing the potential within every one of us?  Are we listening to his voice which invites us to a deeper relationship with him?

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Reflections June 28

2018-06-02T14:13:26-05:00June 28th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Irenaeus

Matthew 7:21-29

We have all kinds of public “signs of belief” but they do not in and of themselves constitute a living faith. The true followers of Christ are those who do the will of the Father. They forgive the wrongdoer. They love the stranger. They feed the hungry. They shelter the homeless. They clothe the naked. They free the captive. The real Christian grounds her life in faith and expresses her faith in life. When Jesus spoke of the final judgement, people were divided according to those who did something and those who did not. The separation of the sheep and goats was based on action.

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Reflections June 27

2018-06-02T14:12:26-05:00June 27th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 7:15-20

Twice Jesus says, “By their fruits you will know them.”He does not indicate where you will find them. Of course this may mean that good trees and good fruit are found in surprising places. In the Gospel of Mark there is a story about a man who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name although he is not part of the chosen twelve disciples. When the disciples com­plain about him, Jesus responds and says that whoever is not against us is for us. Here is a tree bearing good fruit, a true prophet, though he is not part of the twelve. Good trees and good fruit can be found in surprising places.

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Reflections June 26

2018-06-02T14:10:45-05:00June 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 7:6,12-14

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” The only person who can even begin to satisfy the positive form of this rule is the person who has the love of Christ within his or her heart. That person will try to forgive as they would like to be forgiven, to help as they would wish to be helped, to praise as they would like to be praised, to understand as they would like to be understood. In every action of life, we are confronted with a choice. It is a choice between the hard way and the easy way. And there is never an easy way to greatness. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless.

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Reflections June 25

2018-06-02T14:09:25-05:00June 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 7:1-5

One way to preserve the cohesiveness of the community is to pro­hibit judging. Nothing tears a group apart faster or more efficiently than the judgment of one member by another. Jesus continues his Sermon on the Mount by making it clear that judging does not belong among his disciples. The best incentive to stop judging is Jesus’ proclamation that we will be judged by God the same way that we judge others. And certainly none of us would want our own crite­ria of judgment applied to us.

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Reflections June 24

2018-06-02T14:08:09-05:00June 24th, 2018|Reflections|

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-66,80

“The best-laid plans,” wrote poet Robert Burns, “go oft astray.” God called an old and childless couple out of retirement to begin a pilgrimage of promise. God chose Abraham and Sarah. Sometimes they trusted God, sometimes they didn’t. The nation born of God’s promise was more often faithless than faithful. Even the best kings were sinful. But God never gave up. God is faithful and merciful, quick to forgive us and restore us to fellowship when we trust him. God keeps his promises and works his plan. He invites you to join him, to trust your future to his faithful care.

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Reflections June 23

2018-06-02T14:07:03-05:00June 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus describes God’s fatherly love for us his children by telling us not to worry. God’s love is a tender love that should ease our anxieties and fears for the present moment and the future. Someone once defined healthy adult maturity as “a state in which tenderness prevails.” Tenderness is often considered a female attribute but it is a human characteristic. Am I a tender person? Or have I allowed some negative qualities such as haste, impatience, meanness, self-righteousness – to take over my life? When death, the great reconciler has come, it is never our tenderness that we repent of, but our severity.

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Reflections June 22

2018-06-02T14:05:46-05:00June 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 6:19-23

“Where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.”There were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtuesand the eulogy virtues.The résumé virtuesare the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love? (The Moral Bucket List).We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many people are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.

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Reflections June 21

2018-06-02T14:04:00-05:00June 21st, 2018|Reflections|

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Matthew 6:7-15

This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father . . . thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” From reading or watching the news it seems that the Kingdom is non-existent. But we all know the blessed actions of many people who are bringing about the kingdom in their corner of the world. There are endless acts of kindness and charity.  It takes effort and courage to bring about this kingdom but we have the power to do it through the grace of God. Father, may your spirit instill in us the courage and vision to work to make “your kingdom come” in our time and place. May our smallest acts of generosity and hidden efforts for what is right and just be the foundation stones of that kingdom.

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