November 2018

Reflection November 30

2018-11-05T10:57:10-06:00November 30th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Andrew

Matthew 4:18-22

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Andrew is a Greek name and it means manly and the apostle is said to be the son of John and the brother of Peter.  With Peter as his brother it is no wonder that we hear very little about Andrew. From what we know from the gospel stories, Andrew is the first to be called by Jesus. From the beginning Andrew is introducing others to Jesus including his brother, Peter, a group of gentiles and also the boy with the fish and barley loaves. Do we find ourselves bringing others to Jesus?

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Reflection November 29

2018-11-05T10:56:26-06:00November 29th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 21:20-28

Jesus foretells the beginning of the end for Jerusalem. There will be signs in the heavens. The effect on humans is powerful. It is an anxiety-ridden time for those humans who are on the earth. We see several Greek words that indicate the terror which will result. The Greek word aporia means anxiety, or hearts failing. The Greek word apopsucho literally means to stop breathing.  Finally, Jesus, the Son of Man, appears. Now he is rejected and despised by man, abused and spat on, but then he shall come in glory — great glory, the glory of God Himself, shall shine around him at his coming.

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Reflection November 28

2018-11-05T10:55:22-06:00November 28th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 21:12-19

There are endless opportunities for us to speak up on behalf of those oppressed by injustices of all kinds. There are injustices in government both local and national, in the workplace, injustice and prejudice even within families and communities. My friends, as followers of Christ we cannot bury our head in the sand. And when we speak up for the truth, Jesus assured us that we would be given the words to say.

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Reflection November 27

2018-11-05T10:54:20-06:00November 27th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 21:5-11

We have to have the latest and the newest; we are terrified at being perceived as behind the times, out of touch, or irrelevant. These advertising sirens are among the voices that Jesus warns us about. They distract us from the things of God; they overwhelm us with concerns and anxieties that disable us from embracing the values of God’s reign. So, keep an eye open and an ear tuned to God’s presence in the midst of your noisy, busy world.

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Reflection November 26

2018-11-05T10:53:23-06:00November 26th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 21:1-4

We pray today that we like Jesus will notice the little people in our lives, the ones who give from their heart each day, the not so brilliant, the not so well-dressed, and the not so influential. We pray that our heart like that of Jesus will hear the sound of God’s love calling out to us today.

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Reflection November 25

2018-11-05T10:52:14-06:00November 25th, 2018|Reflections|

Solemnity of Christ the King

John 18:33-37

Christ the King has been with us for 2,000 years. Pilate is completely out of the picture. His only claim to fame as a king is that he met Jesus. The truth which Jesus proclaims, we must proclaim in our world today. We, too, must testify to the truth and the world while our government is trying its best to snuff out the truth, the truth that every human being from conception to natural death has the right to life. The truth that every human being deserves respect; the truth that we are created in the image and likeness of God; the truth that all people are children of God. We need to testify to this truth in our world today.

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Reflection November 24

2018-11-05T10:51:04-06:00November 24th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions

Luke 20:27-40

This gospel reading is for those challenging times of our lives. Jesus is calling us to remember that God’s care is not limited to this world, and that the successes and failures of this age are not definitive. Jesus always had a keen awareness of the presence of his Father.  He was the ever-present Father, friend, helper, and companion.  When we understand this, it is plain to see why Jesus believed in life after death.  It was not simply a logical conclusion that he had carefully thought out.  It was a natural outgrowth of what he believed about life

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Reflection November 23

2018-11-05T10:50:06-06:00November 23rd, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 19:45-48

Well, the craziness is underway. Black Friday now because of greed has begun on Thanksgiving Day and people support this craziness. In the context of today’s Gospel, we can hear Jesus speaking to us: My coming at Christmas is a time for your spirits to rejoice and celebrate my presence in your midst. Don’t let commercialism steal this time away from you; don’t let materialism become the center of this holy season.

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Reflection November 22

2018-11-05T10:49:09-06:00November 22nd, 2018|Reflections|

Thanksgiving Day / St. Cecelia

Luke 17:11-19

Gratitude is an important component in a sound spiritual life as we are aware that we are constantly dependent upon God. Were all ten lepers healed? Yes. Were they all saved? Yes, in the sense that they were rescued from their disease. But not in the sense of drawing close to God in thankfulness and dependence. The nine were saved physically but not spiritually.

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Reflection November 21

2018-11-05T10:48:11-06:00November 21st, 2018|Reflections|

Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 19:11-28

Jesus’ parable of the talents in Luke’s Gospel reminds us that God has invested in us: he has entrusted to each one of us some talent, some ability, some skill to engage in trade until I return.  Possessing the understanding of a dedicated parent, the empathy that makes a friend a good listener, the patience that enables someone to work with youngsters are all coins that God has given to each one of us to turn into something good and right, something useful and meaningful.

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