November 2018

Reflection November 20

2018-11-05T10:46:54-06:00November 20th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 19:1-10

We are shown the true character of Zacchaeus. Others hated him because he was a tax collector, but Jesus brought out the true character of the man. Zacchaeus was committed to two excellent virtues, honesty and generosity. He had not cheated anyone when he gathered the taxes and he was generous in giving to the needy. This is an example for all of us. How is our character? Are we generous with what we have? Are we honest in our dealings with others? We may fall short of the high standard that Zacchaeus sets, but we need to try and follow his example and his commitment to Christ.

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Reflection November 19

2018-11-05T10:45:59-06:00November 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 13:24-32

This passage is probably of the most Jewish sections of the New Testament where Jesus adopted the language of apocalyptic. This was typical of the language of Jesus’ times. But he himself said that we know not the day nor the hour so I like to interpret this in the present moment which with daily practice will prepare us for that second coming.  I would like to see today’s Gospel as a reminder of the “coming” of God that we tend to forget in the ordinary events of our lives. We must learn to recognize and welcome Him in these everyday occurrences be they happy, encouraging, painful or disappointing or even catastrophic.  And as to the exact day or hour no one knows.

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Reflection November 18

2018-11-05T10:45:06-06:00November 18th, 2018|Reflections|

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 13:24-32

This passage is probably of the most Jewish sections of the New Testament where Jesus adopted the language of apocalyptic. This was typical of the language of Jesus’ times. But he himself said that we know not the day nor the hour so I like to interpret this in the present moment which with daily practice will prepare us for that second coming.  I would like to see today’s Gospel as a reminder of the “coming” of God that we tend to forget in the ordinary events of our lives. We must learn to recognize and welcome Him in these everyday occurrences be they happy, encouraging, painful or disappointing or even catastrophic.  And as to the exact day or hour no one knows.

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Reflection November 17

2018-11-05T10:44:02-06:00November 17th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Luke 18:1-8

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” When a team gives up they might as well go home. My friends we cannot give up. We must keep trusting in God. If a dishonest judge could finally be persuaded in doing the right thing we can count on God to do much more for us. We are not in this struggle by ourselves. If God is on the side of truth, justice and peace then the fight is far from over. We can take heart, we can keep going even when things seem hopeless. We shall overcome, we shall overcome the temptation to quit but only through praying always!!

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Reflection November 16

2018-11-05T10:42:39-06:00November 16th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Margaret of Scotland

Luke 17:26-37

Jesus today seems to ask us why we waste our time worrying about the second coming? There is so much to do now while you are on the way. It seems that we Christians have been worshiping Jesus’ journey instead of doing his journey. The first feels very religious, the second just feels human and not glorious at all. How do I journey with those whom I can’t stand, those who criticize, the complainers, those who are prejudiced?

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Reflection November 15

2018-11-05T10:41:13-06:00November 15th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Albert the Great

Luke 17-20-25

The Kingdom of God is neither a worldly nor an other-worldly kingdom. Jesus did say that the faithful, who made a difference in this world and followed his teachings, would live on after they died. He states: “The reign of God is in your midst.” The Kingdom of God is represented by Jesus during his lifetime and for those of us now, it is located in the human heart. The Kingdom of God is within us and around us, wherever there is life and love, there is the Kingdom of God. May the Kingdom shine through us.

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Reflection November 14

2018-11-05T10:40:22-06:00November 14th, 2018|Reflections|

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. May the gratefulness of the one be an example for all of us.

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Reflection November 13

2018-11-05T10:39:24-06:00November 13th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

Luke 17:7-10

Jesus reminds us in this parable of the faithful servants that our relationship with God should not fill us with self-righteousness but humble us with gratitude for what God has done for us in our lives. In both great struggles or quiet Christian duty we are doing no more than what is expected of us as Christians. The only meaningful response we can make to God is to try to love others as he loves us. We live and move and have our being only because of the incomprehensible, creative love of God.

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Reflection November 12

2018-11-05T10:38:42-06:00November 12th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Josaphat

Luke 17:1-6

Jesus taught us that the method of combating evil is not with more evil but with love. Jesus, throughout his life, forgave people. Maybe thru no open public confession and right of forgiveness but he went to their homes and ate with them. He ate meals with those who were openly against all that he stood for and there was a message of forgiveness in those meals which he shared. Jesus is a great example of forgiveness. We need to have that same kind of forgiveness as his followers.

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