July 2018

Reflection July 21

2018-07-14T16:36:25-05:00July 21st, 2018|Reflections|

St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Matthew 12:14-21

Have you ever found yourself wondering what God is like? No one has seen God but we still have ways of knowing a lot about God by taking a good look at his Son Jesus. In today’s gospel we have one of the longest citations from the Hebrew Bible found in Matthew’s gospel. Matthew wants to show that Jesus’ ministry is nothing less than a fulfillment of the prophet’s vision. Jesus does not engage in rabble-rousing political action. He does not employ propagandists to trumpet his accomplishments. Jesus rekindled the flame of love in the lives of so many who had been ignored by the rest of society. His love embraced all. We have some very good ideas of what God is like through his son Jesus. Since we are created in the image and likeness of God and we call God “our Father” is it easy for others to know what Jesus was like by observing us? I hope we are not depriving others from knowing what Jesus is like.

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Reflection July 20

2018-07-14T16:35:13-05:00July 20th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Apollinaris

Matthew 12:1-8

This extreme position of the Pharisees in today’s gospel can be a warning to us of the danger of religious observance without love of God and of our sisters and brothers being at the heart of it. Jesus reverses all these accepted laws which no one has ever challenged and makes people and their freedom the focus of our relationship with God. Sometimes laws have to be broken. It is this new identity that led the Christians to be less scrupulous about the observance of the Sabbath than were the Pharisees. While careful observance of the Sabbath is commendable, it is not what makes a Christian acceptable before God. Be aware of today’s Pharisees!

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Reflection July 19

2018-07-14T16:33:26-05:00July 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 11:28-30

How does Jesus give rest to the weary and joy to the oppressed? He offers a change of yokes. For the burden of legalistic religion, he offers a faith of freedom and love. For the yoke of selfish pride, he offers the liberating confidence of humility and trust. For the burden of sin, he offers the joy of forgiveness.

In other words, the rest that Jesus promises the weary is not the rest of idleness. Rather, Jesus offers the deep calm that comes from a new perspective and a fresh involvement in life. When we take up the yoke of Jesus, we find the center of our lives shifting from ourselves to others. Our concerns are now focused on others rather than ourselves.

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Reflection July 18

2018-07-14T16:32:00-05:00July 18th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Camillus de Lellis

Matthew 11:25-27

When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the “childlike,” he is not saying that our approach to faith should be “dumbed down” to the level of children.  He is calling us, instead, to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God: love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly without limit or condition. Christ is asking us to embrace a faith that is simple, pure and honest and not complicated and compromised by “adult” stuff.

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Reflection July 17

2018-07-17T14:51:07-05:00July 17th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 11:20-24

What then is the sin of Chorazin and Bethsaida? It was a sin of a people who forgot the responsibility of privilege. To the cities of Galilee had been given a privilege, an opportunity which the other cities did not receive. We cannot condemn one who has gone wrong because of ignorance but if someone has the

chance to know the right then they are responsible. It was a sin of indifference. The cities did not attack Jesus. They just ignored him and his message. Indifference does not burn a religion to death, it freezes it to death. It does not behead it, it slowly suffocates it. We can become so wrapped up in ourselves that we fail to recognize others. If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.

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Reflection July 16

2018-07-14T16:29:59-05:00July 16th, 2018|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Matthew 10:34-11:1

Becoming a follower of Christ requires an unconditional commitment. The kind of commitment that Christ requires of his followers goes beyond all other loves – even our love for our families and ourselves. Putting Christ first means making every relationship an expression of that commitment. Following Christ first means giving him our highest loyalty and our deepest love.

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Reflection July 15

2018-07-14T16:28:59-05:00July 15th, 2018|Reflections|

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:7-13

As Jesus sends his disciples out he prepares them for the possibility of rejection but also warned them not to get bent out of shape over some rejection. He advised them to move on and ignore the meatheads. He also sent them in two’s as a good support system. Rejection is one of the more difficult things in life to handle. To offer yourself to someone else and have that offer turned down is a very painful experience. Think for a moment the last time you were ignored in a group or the time someone was selected over you for a position. We have all had this ugly feeling. And so did Jesus. God does not create mistakes – you are very special in his eyes regardless of what anyone else might think.

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Reflection July 14

2018-07-14T16:27:58-05:00July 14th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Matthew 10:24-33

Have you ever wondered why God created you, and why he created you the way he did? Did you ever take a close look at yourself and reflect on all the talents and abilities you have without comparing yourself with someone else? We have a bad habit of looking at ourselves and wishing we were different. We have been created in his image and likeness and not that of another human being. So we are very unique and we are a rare and valuable treasure in the sight of God. What Jesus reminds us of today is that there is a divine purpose for creating us just as we are. Maybe we are not aware of that purpose and plan but God is.

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Reflection July 13

2018-07-14T16:26:34-05:00July 14th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Henry

Matthew 10:16-23

A person who wants of be a disciple must first of all decide whether he or she can stand up under the crosses that will have to be carried along the way. The lives of the apostles were filled with uncertainty and persecution. The same is true for Christians in every age. Being faithful to Christ and all he stands for does not make us popular. The Eucharist is our strength. It will not take away our feeling of emptiness and uncertainty – but it will show us that the eternal reward is worth this pain and suffering.

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Reflection July 12

2018-07-09T15:21:55-05:00July 12th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 10:7-15

Evangelization is a word that makes many people shudder because they associate it with TV evangelists and their altar calls or those who try to push religion down your throat. Matthew’s Gospel presents us with four aspects of the ancient method of evangelization: proclamation, giving without cost, relying upon others, offering peace. While the specifics have changed, such as not wearing sandals, the general principles remain the same. We evangelize primarily through the way we live our lives. We don’t have to stand on the street corner yelling that God’s reign is here. It is here, we just need to become part of it.

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