August 2018

Reflection August 31

2018-07-19T16:34:04-05:00August 31st, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 25:1-13

This story is about preparation. The foolish were foolish because they did not invest their whole life in God. They only made a partial, tentative commitment. In all ages the fool dwells in a garden of roses oblivious of the thorns! We are warned today to live lives of preparedness. God did not create us and then abandon us. That would not make sense. He said: “I will be with you until the end of time.” Let us keep our oil lamps of faith filled through a life of prayer, through a sharing in the sacraments of the Church, through a life centered in the Eucharist. This a word to the wise.

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Reflection August 30

2018-07-19T16:33:14-05:00August 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 24:42-51

The gospel presents life lived with the expectation of God’s return. We see a picture of a servant living faithfully and carefully while he waits for the return of his own master. What is seen is an image for our own life of faith. We are that servant waiting for the final appearing of our Lord. Although we do not know when the master will return, we are called to live as faithful stewards of the life that the master has entrusted to our care.

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Reflection August 29

2018-08-30T15:58:38-05:00August 29th, 2018|Reflections|

The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Mark 6:17-29

John the Baptist stands revealed before us in this gospel passage. He stands as a man of courage. John was a man who preferred death to falsehood. He lived for the truth and he died for the truth. He brought the voice of God to people – he was the conscience of the people. So, the person who speaks for God must always take his life in his hands. Maybe we are not called to live our lives so dramatically, but we have to be credible witnesses of God’s truth in this world. It is a challenge for all of us to continue to be God’s ambassadors in this world and in this age.

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Reflection August 28

2018-07-19T16:31:36-05:00August 28th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Augustine

Matthew 23:23-26

Jesus here is calling for a shake-up of our religious lives, a deep examination of our consciences. For how much more comfortable it is to do the little things well than to make real sacrifices. To get all things into right perspective may cause us to face up to what we prefer to keep hidden, to extend our love to those we prefer to ignore.

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Reflection August 27

2018-07-19T16:30:49-05:00August 27th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Monica

Matthew 23:13-22

Before we use this gospel to expose the hypocrisy and inconsistencies in the lives of others, we may miss how these words of Jesus speak to us. Dare we allow Jesus’ words to search the dark corners of our own life of faith? Might we hear Jesus saying “woe” over us? Are we going through the narrow gate,  Jesus, who is challenging us to a deeper relationship with him?

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Reflection August 26

2018-07-19T16:29:34-05:00August 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6:60-69

If your understanding of Catholicism is a philosophy that you must accept, you will probably walk away. If you only see Catholicism as a theory to which we must give allegiance, you will undoubtedly leave. If for you Catholicism is something that is arrived at intellectually, there is no reason to stay. But if you can appreciate Catholicism, as a personal response to a loving God incarnate in Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist, the Bread of Life, your response will be the same as that of the apostles -“To whom else shall we go, you have the words of everlasting life?”

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Reflection August 25

2018-07-19T16:28:11-05:00August 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Joseph Calasanz

Matthew 23:1-12

There are some Catholics today who sit in judgment over others who do not fit their understanding of what the practice of Catholicism should be. Jesus was constantly confronted with those whose attitude excluded others. Does our practice of religion enable us to accept people who do not think and look and act exactly like we do? Is the sharing of our faith inclusive? Is the faith I profess obvious in my life? Does our practice of religion include compassionate service to the poor? Are we imitators of Jesus Christ?

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Reflection August 24

2018-07-19T16:27:10-05:00August 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Bartholomew

John 1:45-51

Scripture scholars believe that the Nathaniel in John’s Gospel is the same apostle the other Gospels identify as Bartholomew. Jesus recognizes such “authenticity” in Nathanael. As he sees Nathanael coming to meet him, Jesus remarks, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Jesus recognizes in Nathanael a man who not only follows the traditional practices of his faith but lives the values expressed in that tradition. May we possess the “authenticity” that Jesus recognizes in Nathanael.

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Reflections August 23

2018-07-19T16:25:55-05:00August 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Rose of Lima

Matthew 22:1-14

What does it mean to not have a wedding garment? The wedding garment expected of us is the life-long personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ, it is our attitude. We’re weaving our garment by the way we live each day. The proper wedding garment must include an attitude of kindness and love, of mutual respect and forgiveness, a life of generosity to the less fortunate, and a life of selflessness. Will we make the sacrifice to live the Catholic-Christian life each day? The greatest danger is simply ignoring the invitation.

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Reflection August 22

2018-07-19T16:23:20-05:00August 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 20:1-16

The laborers in this story are dissatisfied not for what they received but that others received as much. God promises to treat us with justice, and God’s justice is that everyone will be treated fairly.  Our capitalistic presuppositions do not work with God. Jesus did not tell this story as a guideline for fair labor practices. He was talking about life in general, and he was saying that we are headed for problems when we try to live our lives on a comparative basis with other people. So maybe today we should all pause for a moment take a look at our lives and not that of others and then thank God for the goodness he has placed in you.

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