January 2019

Reflection February 1

2019-01-31T21:59:28-06:00January 31st, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 4:26-34

It’s all about faith and trust in God: he plants the seed and we provide the atmosphere that it may grow. No matter how small and insignificant our efforts may seem, we do make a difference. Let God reign in our hearts while we walk by faith and not by sight.

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Reflection January 31

2019-01-12T16:39:20-06:00January 31st, 2019|Reflections|

St. John Bosco

Mark 4:21-25

We carry about within us the light of Christ.  May we never deprive others of that light, a light that is very practical.  It may be a pleasant smile, a kind gesture, a pat on the back and kind word, going out of your way to help someone or anticipating the needs of others.  This is how our light can shine and brighten the lives of others.

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Reflection January 30

2019-01-12T16:42:02-06:00January 30th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 4:1-20

May we possess the faith of the Gospel sower, may we plant seeds of generosity, reconciliation and justice regardless of the limits of the “soil” we have to work. But may we continue to sow and nurture out of gratitude and compassion, trusting that God will bring all things to completion in God’s good time.

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Reflection January 29

2019-01-12T16:37:04-06:00January 29th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 3:31-35

Jesus took this unfortunate conflict with his own family to teach an important truth. We are not limited in our responsibility to the ties of kinship, geography, or nationality. We belong to a family that transcends all the normal ways of grouping human beings by households, by religion, by nationality, by race, by class. We are all brothers and sisters to one another because we are all children of God.

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Reflection January 28

2019-01-12T16:34:52-06:00January 28th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Thomas Aquinas

Mark 3:22-30

Jesus calls us to embrace the Spirit of God – the God of compassion, the God of justice that enables us to see beyond our cynicism and to put aside our skepticism in order to bring healing and hope, reconciliation and peace, to broken hearts and homes. 

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Reflection January 27

2019-01-12T16:41:18-06:00January 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 1:1-4.4:14-21

My friends, be attentive to the Word of God and let it come alive in our lives this week. Let’s bring glad tidings to the poor thru a letter, a phone call, a visit, a package of food. Let’s proclaim liberty to captives, visit the homebound, take a shut-in out for lunch. Let’s bring recovery of sight by reading to someone who is blind, visit and comfort them, bring them an audio tape of a book. Those who are spiritually blind, invite them to come to church with you. The message of Jesus is not a matter of being true or false, it’s a matter of becoming possible or not in our life.

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Reflection January 26

2019-01-12T16:32:35-06:00January 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Timothy and Titus

Mark 3:20-21

Of all people, one would have thought that those closest to Jesus would have been most sympathetic and understanding. Instead, they began questioning the sanity of Jesus. And, he begins by preaching new teachings which are contrary to what the Pharisees and the Sadducees practice. What appalled Jesus’ friends were the great risks he was taking. However, safety and security were not the essence of Jesus’ life. He was willing to risk all for the sake of God’s will. Are we willing to take risks in the name of Jesus?

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Reflection January 25

2019-01-12T16:31:10-06:00January 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle

Mark 16:15-18

We give thanks that, even in our faithlessness, Christ is at work in us to make us faithful. We pray today for those who are persecuting the Church, its priests, and religious. We pray for their conversion and that all of us will strive to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and never be discouraged in proclaiming the Gospel.

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Reflection January 24

2019-01-12T16:28:50-06:00January 24th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Francis de Sales

Mark 3:7-12

They called Jesus, Son of God. In the ancient world the term, Son of God was not an uncommon title. The term son describes someone who is very near and close to God. Why did Jesus command them to be silent about this title? He did so because the popular idea of Messiah was very different from who Jesus was. Jesus saw in Messiahship a way of service and of love. They thought of the Messiah as a conquering hero who would defeat the Romans. Jesus needed to educate the people. If his true identity had been known prematurely, it would have only caused useless war and bloodshed. How do we see Jesus?

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Reflection January 23

2019-01-12T16:27:32-06:00January 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Vincent, St. Marianne Cope

Mark 3:1-6

As we proceed deeper into the life of Jesus, the challenges become greater. The little helpless baby in the manger which we adored is now challenging us to live his life. The reading of the Gospel is one thing, living it is quite another. We pray today for courage to live the Gospel.

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