September 2018

Reflection September 30

2018-09-07T17:22:58-05:00September 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

“Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets. For whoever is not against us is for us.” How often do we unjustly question the motives of others? How often do we jump to conclusions about others who may be honestly seeking to do good but in a different way and with a different perspective from us? Even within the Church. There are people, not of our company this very day, who are feeding the hungry and housing the homeless, who are casting out demons of poverty or demons of hate and prejudice. It is time for us to act.

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Reflection September 29

2018-09-07T17:21:50-05:00September 29th, 2018|Reflections|

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

John 1:47-51

Whether we believe in angels or not is really not that important; this feast should help us be attuned to the goodness of God toward God’s people. The angels always represented God; they were his messengers. And so are we. We often have described someone as an angel – and angel of mercy…always reflecting goodness and love. For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.

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Reflection September 28

2018-09-07T17:20:13-05:00September 28th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions

Luke 9:18-22

The truth of God is revealed over a period of time. We are not always ready to receive the truth God has for us. No one could handle the full weight of knowledge of the future all at once. Because God is gracious, we are given what we are capable of understanding at the right time. God’s truth dawns in our hearts and minds “in the fullness of time.” May my heart be open to that truth at every moment.

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Reflection September 27

2018-09-07T17:17:59-05:00September 27th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Vincent de Paul

Luke 9:7-9

St. Vincent de Paul was a true representation of Jesus Christ in the world and in many ways a true reformer of the church. What is it that motivates us in our works of charity?  It must be that we see all reality in relationship to a personal God. And that personal God calls all of us to an interpersonal relationship with him present in one another. And that relationship must be based on our life of prayer. Just as Jesus was in constant communication with his Father, so Vincent was in constant communication with the Lord Jesus. And from this prayer came action. So it must be with us.

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Reflection September 26

2018-09-07T17:18:59-05:00September 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Saints Cosmas and Damian

Luke 9:1-6

Every day of our lives is a journey that God has sent us on to proclaim the Kingdom in our midst. In the simplest acts of charity and the smallest offerings of kindness, we can heal, we can cast out demons; we can reveal the Kingdom of God in our midst. But we need to get out of the way and allow God to work through us.

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Reflection September 25

2018-09-07T17:17:05-05:00September 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 8:19-21

Jesus takes advantage of every opportunity to get his message across. Someone announces that his family is here. And I could see him smiling and saying – “You’re not going to get off the hook that easily. Don’t be pointing to only them as my family. You are my family also.” As I am doing it, I also want you to do the will of our father in heaven.” “Family” now takes on a new meaning.

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Reflection September 24

2018-09-07T17:16:15-05:00September 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 8:16-18

When Mary and Joseph presented the baby Jesus in the temple, Simeon held the child in his arms and proclaimed that Jesus was the light to reveal God’s glory to the Gentiles. We have seen that light shine in Jesus Christ through the gospel. There is no need for us to hide that light, to hide that gift of faith in a drawer. We can reflect that light on all who sit in darkness wherever we may find them. A dark world waits to be led by Christ’s light shining among us.

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Reflection September 23

2018-09-07T17:15:07-05:00September 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 9:30-37

For Jesus his primary claim to greatness is service to others. He was the willing servant of anyone who needed him. How does that fit in an age that is so very impressed with credentials and degrees and titles and positions in the company? You and I are followers of Jesus Christ so let’s do our best to make the gospel become a reality in our lives. Let us pray for ourselves and for one another that our lives will be as transformed as the bread and wine into the Body of Christ. For our Church today needs less reformation and more transformation.

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Reflection September 22

2018-09-07T17:13:41-05:00September 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

September 22

Luke 8:4-15

My friends! The word is not only the gospel we hear preached it includes all those inspirations which come to us in the course of the day. Jesus speaks to us and asks us to help someone, to phone someone who is ill, to visit someone or volunteer. How many times we think to ourselves: “I should get more involved in helping the poor, I should spend more time in prayer! I should make it a point to make a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.” Our lives at times are filled with good intentions but how frequently do these come to fruition. They might get choked out by other activity.

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Reflection September 21

2018-09-07T17:12:47-05:00September 21st, 2018|Reflections|

St. Matthew

Matthew 9:9-13

What does this Gospel say to us today? We have been called and we have answered the call. Do you ever think that maybe Jesus took a risk in calling us? We certainly took a risk in following him because we never know where that call will lead us. But from past experience and from a deepening in our faith life we know we can trust him? He certainly has great trust in us as in Matthew.

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