December 2018

Reflection December 21

2018-12-17T22:57:52-06:00December 21st, 2018|Reflections|

St. Peter Canisius

Luke 1:39-45

Mary and Elizabeth were celebrating life, the life within them and how God was working in their life.If nothing else, they were celebrating each other’s presence. They were a special gift to each other. And we are a gift to one another. Let’s celebrate this moment in faith knowing that God is with us. We are a great blessing to each other and let’s never forget it.

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Reflection December 20

2018-12-17T22:50:28-06:00December 20th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 1:26-38

We do Mary a disservice if we follow the tendency to place her on a pedestal and leave her there. We reflect on Mary’s importance today precisely because she is one of us, one who shows us how to be in right relationship with the Father. As Pope Paul VI said, “Mary is truly our sister, who as a poor and humble woman fully shared our lot.”

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Reflection December 19

2018-12-17T22:48:52-06:00December 19th, 2018|Reflections|

Luke 1:5-25

In today’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel announces to the skeptical Zechariah that he and his beloved Elizabeth will be the parents of the last great prophet, John the Baptizer, the bridge between old and new, the forerunner of God’s Christ. As John, we are all called to the work of a prophet “one who proclaims.” By virtue of our baptism, we are all called to be agents of integrity; consciences of our homes, our ministries.

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Reflection December 18

2018-12-17T22:43:09-06:00December 18th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 1:18-25

Every one of us experience situations that cause tension, disappointment, hurt and estrangement. It might be helpful if we take on the considerate temperament of Joseph to put aside our own hurts and anger and be the person who will humbly and joyfully be a source of reconciliation and welcome to all we encounter today. St. Joseph help us to be open and accepting as you were.

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Reflection December 17

2018-12-17T22:40:58-06:00December 17th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 1:1-17

Recently I read a story about a final exam in a religion class at a very exclusive boarding school. The first question on the exam was; “Explain the meaning of the Incarnation.” The answer was worth five points. The second and last question was; ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans this classroom every day?’ This answer was worth ninety-five points. Everyone flunked the test! What good is knowing the meaning of the Incarnation if it does not open us to an awareness of those around us?

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Reflection December 16

2018-12-15T13:47:43-06:00December 16th, 2018|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Advent

Luke 3:10-18

According to John the Baptist, every person was held responsible for his/her own life and how they influenced the world around them. All they needed to do was improve their life and the world in turn would improve. Advent is all about taking responsibility for our own personal life and about growing up spiritually and preparing for Christ’s coming into our life with each new day.

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Reflection December 15

2018-12-15T13:45:48-06:00December 15th, 2018|Reflections|

Matthew 17:9,10-13

When the Son of God became one like us, the people who had it all figured out missed him while the common folk welcomed him, shepherds and fisherman found him. Are we missing the day of the Lord in our lives? We miss seeing a prophet because we expect a prophet to fit a certain mold. We miss seeing Jesus Christ in the ordinary events and in ordinary people if we only expect him in the miraculous. 

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Reflection December 14

2018-12-12T22:22:09-06:00December 14th, 2018|Reflections|

St. John of the Cross

Matthew 11:16-19

In today’s short parable Jesus asks us to embrace an adult faith, faith that is centered in the realization that we are not the center of the universe, that there exists outside of ourselves a sacred entity that breathes life into our beings and animates all creation. Let us replace our doubt with a sense of hope; let us see things not through eyes cloudy with disappointment but in the prism of Christ’s light.

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Reflection December 13

2018-12-12T22:20:48-06:00December 13th, 2018|Reflections|

St. Lucy

Matthew 11:11-15

If we want to see Jesus, we must have something of John the Baptist in us. We will never be able to see Jesus when we focus on ourselves alone. We will never see him if we do not give him a prominent place in our lives. John did that in the si­lence of the desert, in his prayer, in his preaching, and in his life and in his death

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Reflection December 12

2018-12-10T09:51:33-06:00December 12th, 2018|Reflections|

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Luke1:26-38  

Do we recognize the ways that God is already breaking into our lives? Are we sensitive to the sacrament of the present moment in which our God is coming to us at this very moment? Are we aware that God has chosen us as those seemingly insignificant instruments through which he will manifest the coming of his kingdom? And the Word became flesh and dwells with us….

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