October 2018

Reflection October 31

2018-09-25T22:38:10-05:00October 31st, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 13:22-30

In God’s domain all presumption is turned upside down. Some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last. It is our faith, our trust in God that keeps us growing and moving toward the narrow door where we will be welcomed, not because we presumed we would be all along but because we never presumed God’s gracious gift.

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Reflection October 30

2018-09-25T22:37:12-05:00October 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 13:18-21

Jesus turns over old expectations of what pure and noble religion is. This King is born in a Bethlehem stable, not a Jerusalem palace. This King enters Jerusa­lem on a donkey, not a chariot pulled by horses. This King finally claims his throne hanging on a cross. It may not look like some people’s idea of God, but in faith we trust this is the Kingdom of God.

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Reflection October 29

2018-09-25T22:36:01-05:00October 29th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 13:10-17

There are two people in this story who cannot look Jesus in the eye, one was because of a physical malady, the other was due to pride and resentment. The leader of the synagogue addressed the crowd and not Jesus. What hypocrisy to have more regard for a thirsty ox than a crippled woman. This is a lesson for us all about priorities and God’s work. We should worship and attend to the rites of worship but sometimes we become more perturbed over formal correctness and change than the crying needs of others around us.

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Reflection October 28

2018-09-25T22:34:34-05:00October 28th, 2018|Reflections|

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:46-52

The kingdom of God is not some heavenly resort, reserved for those who are physically fit, financially solvent, and morally respectable. It is a family of faith that cares for all of God’s children especially those who are down and out and desperate. As followers of Jesus, as Christians this should also be our motto: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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Reflection October 27

2018-09-25T22:33:07-05:00October 27th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 13:1-9

We don’t have too much space to criticize the people of that first century. The blessings of life are a matter of gift, gifts from God which in turn we share with others. Blessings are given to us that we might enjoy them but also that we might use them in service to and for others. With every blessing and privilege, there is a responsibility. In today’s parable Jesus teaches us that God is at work in our lives with the patience of a gardener. May we be patient with ourselves and each other!

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Reflection October 26

2018-09-25T22:32:09-05:00October 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 12:54-59

Jesus could have been speaking directly to us when he said, “You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and sky; but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Are we aware of the presence or the absence of God in our midst? When we observe injustice in the business arena, we are called upon to speak out. When we see despair in the lives of others, we are challenged to provide some measure of comfort. When we encounter those weak in their faith, we must feel compelled to share the gospel message to some degree.  Are we tuned in to the presence or absence of God and what are we doing about it?

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Reflection October 25

2018-09-25T22:30:33-05:00October 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 12:49-53

The fire that Jesus speaks of is humble selfless love; love that can transform our world and us.  But, as Jesus warns us, it is a love that is often at odds with the demands and expectations of the world, a faith that does not fit neatly into philosophical and political camps. The Gospel calls us to risk power, prestige and even acceptance for the sake of the “fire” of equality, justice, compassion and reconciliation that every individual possesses by virtue of being a son and daughter of God. We pray today that we may be transformed in the “fire” of God’s selfless love.  We need to take on the “risks” of living our baptisms so that we may be sources of healing and the means of peace in our communities.

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Reflection October 24

2018-09-25T22:29:22-05:00October 24th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Anthony Mary Claret

Luke 12:39-48

We are being reminded these days of the Lord’s second coming to us in death but also our awareness of his presence all around us each day. We are being reminded of the opportunities we miss each day to welcome him. He is constantly surprising us with his presence yet we still can be foolish enough not to recognize him as unprepared servants awaiting our master’s return. We are the servants to whom God has entrusted his “house” for the care of those who serve with us.  May we embrace Christ’s spirit of humility and gratitude in order to know the fulfillment of being the “faithful and prudent” servant of the Gospel.

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Reflection October 23

2018-09-25T22:28:09-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

St. John of Capistrano

Luke 12:35-38

Newness is a God thing. Newness in fact seems to be God’s way. Luke’s Gospel describes a situation so new it turns tradition on its head: the Master comes home and waits on his faithful servants.  Our God is not interested in social rules and regulations; even the fact that the Lord is the Lord and we are the underlings doesn’t really matter anymore. Traditions are good, and we should enjoy the sense of continuity they bring to our lives.  But we also need to seek out newness and change, because this is where God lives. The unknown is really not a danger to be feared but a challenge to be met.

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Reflection October 22

2018-09-25T22:26:45-05:00October 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

St. John Paul II

Luke 12:13-21

The supreme folly of the man in this gospel story which won him the title “fool,” was that he left God out of the picture. He did not provide the rain, he did not provide the sun or the ground in which the seed was planted, nor did he give life to the seed. All of this was the hand of God. Yet we do not hear him giving thanks to God for all his blessings. Another point of his foolishness is that he never gave thanks.

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