December 2018

Reflection December 31

2018-12-24T13:46:13-06:00December 31st, 2018|Reflections|

St. Sylvester

John 1:1-18

John thought of the birth of Jesus as the coming of light into this darkness. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” The tiny light that had first shone in Bethlehem was still shining nearly a hundred years later. Christmas tells us that God has turned a light on, and left it on. And nothing can ever put it out. However dark the world becomes because of our sins and our inhumanity to one another the light will always be there. Christmas is a night-light for the world.

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Reflection December 30

2018-12-24T13:47:17-06:00December 30th, 2018|Reflections|

Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Luke 2:41-52

The gift of our family is the greatest treasure of our lives.  Sadly, we often take that love for granted, misplace it in our lives or discover its meaning late in life or sadly never discover it at all.  Christmas and this Feast of the Holy Family should remind us that life is fragile and that love and most especially  the love of our families, which is rooted in God and in faith, is a gift to be treasured.

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Reflection December 29

2018-12-24T13:44:37-06:00December 29th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Thomas Becket

Luke 2:22-35

As we come to the end of one year and prepare for the new, 2018 looks and feels like Simeon in his old age. And we can entrust the past to God so that something new can begin for us all. The peace that radiates through this gospel is God’s own light and life. The child that Simeon holds is the God who holds all our lives in his hand. This God, now born for us, is our peace, too.

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Reflection December 28

2018-12-24T13:42:31-06:00December 28th, 2018|Reflections|

The Holy Innocents

Matthew 2:13-18

Herod destroys, Joseph protects, and the wise men adore. The slaying of the Holy Innocents just happened and those who experienced such a tragedy probably never knew why. These are the forgotten victims of Christmas. They died because they had the misfortune of being born in the same place and at roughly the same time as the Savior. Even amid the joy of the Christmas event, there are those who suffered. With every Christmas we observe, remember that there are those who experience suffering amid the joy.

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Reflection December 27

2018-12-24T11:59:06-06:00December 27th, 2018|Reflections|

St. John

John 20:1a,2-8

It is sometimes tempting to cling to the glow of Christmas. While I value the gift of this season, this Easter scene reminds me that faith calls me to move on, to seek the Risen Lord. This gospel for St John’s feast refers to him only as the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. All of us who believe in Jesus are today beloved disciples. Do I have the same loving look to perceive the presence of God and to believe in his Resurrection?

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Reflection December 26

2018-12-24T11:58:11-06:00December 26th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Stephen

Matthew 10:17-22

It is a shock to read this Gospel immediately after Christmas. But this is the world into which Jesus comes. He does not retreat from it in fear or disgust. He will wrap it in his love, and that will be enough to save humankind. Saint Stephen embodies the costliness of following Jesus. He is clear in his words. To follow him is to be led into challenging situations where courage and faithfulness will be required.

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Reflection December 25

2018-12-24T11:56:52-06:00December 25th, 2018|Reflections|

The Nativity of the Lord

John 1:1-18 

Is Jesus any more welcome in our world than he was the world of the first century? The answer is “probably not”. His purpose is still the same. The only thing he promises to change is you and me. There still are no magic solutions to the ills of society, no easy salvation from the sins that would ruin our lives. But to those who receive him he still gives the power to become children of God. Come, Lord, Jesus!

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Reflection December 24

2018-12-24T11:51:13-06:00December 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 1:67-79

For Zechariah, the way of peace is not some pie-in-the-sky dream. It is an ages-old, earth-bound vision of universal salvation which we glimpse in Micah and the prophets and hear again as Good News in Luke. Let us see anew, with Zechariah, that the way of peace is where God meets us in covenant relationship. God meets us to renew and repair our vision for the world and to call us to renew and repair the world itself.

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Reflection December 23

2018-12-24T11:48:39-06:00December 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:39-45

Every day of our lives is the season to give, to give what is within our power, the gift of love, the gift of gratitude. Jesus gave himself to us totally and completely. Can we be more generous in sharing our life with others? Only then will we really appreciate the Incarnation.

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Reflection December 22

2018-12-24T11:37:56-06:00December 24th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 1:46-56

Some lives proclaim the greatness of wealth. Some lives proclaim the greatness of power. But thank goodness there are those like Mary whose lives proclaim the greatness of God. Their lives reflect God’s love and care for all the sons and daughters of earth. They take time for people. They are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others as Mary and Elizabeth are toward each other.

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