June 2018

Reflections June 20

2018-06-02T14:02:31-05:00June 20th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

The way the early church witnessed can be a model for us as we seek to respond to the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel. They did their praying, fasting, and gathering of alms in quiet private settings. What people outside the church saw was a community of people who sought to care for and help poor people, homeless people, and marginalized people. What was notable about them was that these Christians ministered to everyone in need, not just their own members. What a witness we would be in our own time if we did the same!

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Reflections June 19

2018-06-02T14:01:44-05:00June 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5:43-48

“But I say to you, love your enemies.” I think Jesus is talking about, loving the people we have to live with, and work with, and rub shoulders with day after day. Some of these people can be very unpleasant, unkind, and unfair. They say things we don’t like. They take us for granted. They show no appreciation for the good things we do for them. Their presence makes our little part of the world very difficult. I think these are the people Jesus had in mind when he asked us to love our enemies.

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Reflections June 18

2018-06-02T14:00:31-05:00June 18th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5:38-42

So what does this turning the other cheek really mean? When you and I are hurt by the actions of others, can we find ways to respond creatively rather than striking out? When we do this we live in the spirit of Jesus rather than the violent “eye for an eye” spirit of this world. We need to remember that evil deeds do not arise out of hearts filled with joy and peace, but out of hearts suffering with anxiety, inadequacy, jealousy, hatred or any of a thousand maladies.

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Reflections June 17

2018-06-02T13:59:13-05:00June 17th, 2018|Reflections|

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:26-34

“Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens.” It is a profound mystery how one small seed can become a stalk of wheat; how one small seed can produce a fruit bearing tree. Our faith does not take the mystery out of life. But our faith does provide us with truth and the power and strength for daily living. We do not know the mysteries of life, but like the farmer we prepare the ground, plant the seed and allow God’s goodness to water it and give it the sun which it needs to grow – going to bed and getting up day after day – trusting in the Lord.

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Reflections June 16

2018-06-02T13:57:56-05:00June 16th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5:33-37

“Say YES when you mean YES and NO when you mean NO. Anything beyond that is from the evil one.” Promise-keeping is the foundation of personal and social existence. If we cannot trust people to keep their word, then there is no basis for civil law, for business dealings, for personal friendships, or for family life. For that reason, in a court of law people are asked to swear that they are telling the truth. Not being able to trust someone is a very uncomfortable situation. It puts everyone on guard. That is not how Jesus wants us to live. How can I change my life? How can I improve my level of trust?

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Reflections June 15

2018-06-02T13:56:32-05:00June 15th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5: 27-32

“If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.”What would you be willing to throw away for the sake of what is good and right and just? Would you throw away your I-phone, IPod, IPad, or laptop if you realized that you were becoming more and more disconnected from your friends and family? If you are critical of others or always complaining would you be willing to tear out these characteristics in order to restore harmony in your life and in the lives of others?

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Reflections June 14

2018-06-02T13:54:27-05:00June 14th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5:20-26

Our salvation does not come from obeying laws. Out salvation comes from Jesus Christ whose whole life was a life of love. Our outer conduct – like that of the scribes and the Pharisees is worthless. What is needed is that we become poor in spirit – acknowledge that we are imperfect and that we are sinners. Our holiness must flow from our love for one another. The salvation of the world came about through a man who did not keep all the laws of Moses – but who lifted them to a higher level and was willing to die for what he believed.

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Reflections June 13

2018-06-02T13:53:19-05:00June 13th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Anthony of Padua

Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus sees himself not as a threat to the law and the prophets but rather as fulfilling them. Laws are necessary as guidelines for our good.  However, Jesus knew that there is a higher law of love.  Whenever there was a conflict between the letter of the law and the law of love, Jesus always chose the loving thing.  He healed on the Sabbath, ate with prostitutes and sinners and tax collectors and touched a leper in order to heal him – all of these things forbidden by the law. Living in the Spirit of Jesus, we are subject to the law of love.

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Reflections June 12

2018-06-02T13:52:09-05:00June 12th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 5:13-16

In a world that is only concerned about the strongest and the fittest and the best we must be the ones who place value on the common humanity of all peoples. We follow a God whose very nature is self-sacrificing love in the midst of a world only concerned about what’s in it for me. We have to be the salt of the earth. In many cases we might be the only Gospel some people will ever read – in other words are others finding Jesus in me. Am I making a difference in the lives of those with whom I associate every day? Salt makes a difference, it influences, it enhances!

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Reflections June 11

2018-06-02T13:50:56-05:00June 11th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Barnabas

Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitudes tell us when and how to find happiness. True happiness is a byproduct of a life seriously lived. It is a life that acknowledges dependence on God, embraces sorrow, seeks wisdom, admits weakness, extends help, forgives enemies, and endures opposition. This type of life is happy because it is open to God and to others. The Beatitudes stand the test of time. They cannot be reduced to a simple moral statement or a simple religious formula. They call each Christian to a total engagement with life on all levels.

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