August 2018

Reflection August 21

2018-07-19T16:20:12-05:00August 21st, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Pius X

Matthew 19:23-30

Again, Jesus resorts to exaggeration as a figure of speech – he uses the camel and needle. But how better to explain the difficulty that people will have to appreciate the presence of God if their lives are filled with the distraction of riches. Perhaps the disciples think riches are a tangible sign of God’s blessing. Many people in our day believe wealth is a channel of God’s blessing. However, Jesus takes a very different position. Jesus’ words cut right through the world so many people strive for and the world we know. Life in the Kingdom is a gift from God, received with open hands. Clutching an armload of assets makes it impossible to receive God’s life.

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Reflection August 20

2018-07-19T16:19:26-05:00August 20th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Bernard

Matthew 19:16-22

It becomes very clear in this gospel that the essence of eternal life is not a carefully calculated keeping of the commandments and the rules and the regulations. Eternal life is based on an attitude of loving and sacrificial generosity toward fellow human beings.  We will find eternal life, peace of mind, joy, serenity of heart in reproducing God’s attitude of love and care to all those around us.

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Reflections August 19

2018-07-19T16:18:35-05:00August 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6:51-58

How do we deal with a loss of spiritual, life-giving energy? Physical tiredness is one thing. Spiritual/soul exhaustion is another. How do we handle those interior struggles, guilt, discouragement, frustrations, feelings of inadequacy, health concerns, loss of a job, and family stresses? What do we do when love and patience get tired and seem to disappear from our life? How do we continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit as Paul reminds us? Where do we get the energy to always be kind, compassionate and forgiving? The answer: “…the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”

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Reflection August 18

2018-07-19T16:17:44-05:00August 18th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 19:13-15

And Jesus said of the children that they were nearer to God than anyone else. The child’s simplicity is nearer to God than anything else. It is life’s tragedy that, as we grow older, we so often grow further from God and not nearer to him. It is the gifts of children that we need to rediscover – simplicity, a sense of dependency, humility, lightheartedness, inquisitiveness and any other virtue or trait that you can imagine in a child. Let’s set aside our sophistication and bow our heads to be touched by the hands of Jesus.

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Reflection August 17

2018-07-19T16:16:56-05:00August 17th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 19:3-12

We are all busy in search of the perfect situation, the perfect community, the perfect spouse, the perfect job always thinking that I was meant to “be” something else; I was meant to be “doing” something else and we end up doubting ourselves. My friends, the beginning and foundation of a solid spirituality is to accept myself with all its limitations and to be who I am. I must be true to myself as a person, before I can be true to myself as a priest, religious, teacher, nurse. Happiness is an inside job.

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Reflection August 16

2018-07-19T16:16:01-05:00August 16th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Stephen of Hungary

Matthew 18:21-19:1

There may be some people in this world who do not know how to love, simply because they have never received love. There are some who do not know how to be kind, because they have never experienced kindness. There are some who do not know how to compliment and affirm others simply because they have never been affirmed or complimented. But there should be no one who does not know how to forgive – because everyone of us has experienced forgiveness – the forgiveness of God through the passion and death of his son Jesus Christ.

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Reflection August 15

2018-07-19T16:14:49-05:00August 15th, 2018|Reflections|

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:39-56

The song of praise we hear in today’s Gospel, the Magnificat, is the result of a woman of deep prayer and recognition of God in creation.  All throughout her song of praise Mary sees the hand of God in places where we would not expect to find him. Humility and selflessness are honored.  True power and authority are centered in compassion and generosity. Justice and mercy are exalted. The places of honor at God’s table are reserved for the poor, the forgotten, the unimportant – and the most influential and powerful in God’s scheme of things are those who serve others.

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Reflection August 14

2018-07-19T16:13:36-05:00August 14th, 2018|Reflections|

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-24

Why are children so important to our understanding of the Kingdom of God? Children have the right kind of curiosity for membership in the kingdom. Children are anything but submissive to what they have been told about the world. They want to know where things come from. They want to know how things work. They want to know the significance of things. We need the child’s curiosity to achieve our best in the Kingdom. Children also have the right kind of trust for membership in the Kingdom. But we have to achieve something of that uncompromised trust to achieve our best in the kingdom.

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Reflection August 13

2018-07-19T16:12:32-05:00August 13th, 2018|Reflections|

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus

Matthew 17:22-27

There are times when it is right to make a stand, to confront injustice and to challenge the ways of the world. This doesn’t appear to be one of those occasions, and Jesus has no objection to paying a lawful tax. Jesus knows his own need for a period of rest before he has to face the challenges to come about which he has just been talking to his disciples. How comforting to see the humanity of an exhausted Jesus just wanting a bit of peace and quiet before facing the trials ahead. Quiet times and periods of reflection and prayer are important for all of us.

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Reflection August 12

2018-07-19T16:11:03-05:00August 12th, 2018|Reflections|

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 6:41-51

In the Gospel, Jesus said of himself that he is the living bread come down from heaven. Jesus speaks of assimilation when he says if we eat of this bread we will live forever. Jesus was a perfect imitation of the Father. Now he offers himself as our spiritual food. If we eat of this bread his personality can be assimilated into our personalities, so that we become like him and so it becomes quite obvious that in Jesus we can imitate the Father. We can be imitators of God as his dear children.

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