February 2019

Reflection February 28

2019-01-31T20:40:51-06:00February 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:41-50

We need to rid our lives of the habits and lusts which deflect us from a life of faith. We need to learn to manage our anger because anger is the enemy of love. We need to deal with our despair because despair is the enemy of hope. We need to get on top of our cynicism because cynicism is the enemy of faith.

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Reflection February 27

2019-01-31T20:39:47-06:00February 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:38-40

The power of God is at work through all people who follow Jesus and it is meant for all people in need. Could Jesus also be opening our eyes to see that the full power of the gospel is at work in places we would not expect and through people who do not “follow us”? Guided by Jesus’ response to the disciples’ complaint, perhaps we might even see other Christian communions as partners in the gospel. “Whoever is not against us is for us.”

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Reflection February 26

2019-01-31T20:38:33-06:00February 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:30-37

According to Jesus discipleship is a way of powerlessness. God is not interested in how much power we have; God is interested in how we powerlessly do God’s will by serving each other. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being last and the servant of all, the powerlessness of a child who trusts.

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Reflection February 25

2019-01-31T20:37:19-06:00February 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:14-29

In this passage, we can get lost in the story of the possessed man, but what catches my attention is the interaction between Jesus and his disciples. It begins and ends with his disciples. They had just experienced a great moment of prayer, yet they failed in their ministry because of their lack of prayer or the right kind of prayer. They still were not in full relationship with God.

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Reflection February 24

2019-01-31T20:35:38-06:00February 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:27-38

Our personal prayer has the capacity to transform us. Each time we come to the Lord in prayer, God enters our lives and changes us. My friends, transfigurations are taking place all around us: in the sacraments especially in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in our personal and communal prayer.  God enters our lives and we are transfigured and with his grace we can begin to leap toward holiness.

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Reflection February 23

2019-01-31T20:34:00-06:00February 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Polycarp

Mark 9:2-13

Our personal prayer has the capacity to transform us. Each time we come to the Lord in prayer – God enters our lives and changes us. My friends, transfigurations are taking place all around us: in the sacraments especially in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in our personal and communal prayer.  God enters our lives and we are transfigured – and with his grace we can begin to leap toward holiness.

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Reflection February 22

2019-01-31T20:32:06-06:00February 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

Matthew 16:13-19

Jesus took a poll to find out what others thought about him, what others were saying of him. So, who do people say you are as a Christ follower?  It would be interesting for all of us to take a poll; kind of an evaluation of ourselves by our peers, by those with whom we live and work as to our life as a follower of Christ.  It takes a lot of courage to hear how people perceive us.

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Reflection February 21

2019-01-31T20:30:00-06:00February 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Peter Damian

Mark 8:27-33

St Therese of Lisieux remarked that she always attempted to see only the present moment, forgetting the past and taking good care not to anticipate the future. May we try to follow the example of Jesus and the saints by living in the present moment. Today, may we remember that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. Perhaps that is why it is called the present. 

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Reflection February 20

2019-01-31T20:28:26-06:00February 20th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:22-26

Throughout human history, God reveals himself progressively. The Bible itself is a record of this long journey. It is a long way from the religion of fear to the religion of love. It’s a long way from worshiping God with burnt offerings to worshiping God through good works. We are all in the process of becoming. With God’s grace we will continue to great work he has begun in us.

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Reflection February 19

2019-01-31T20:27:03-06:00February 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:14-21

Jesus tells the disciples “Keep your eyes open!” When we look at others, do we recognize the faces of our brothers and sisters? Or, to put it another way, do we recognize the face of Jesus in our brothers and sisters? One of the challenges of being a Christian is to see the face of Jesus in others. Today, may the light of Jesus take away any blindness so that we can recognize the face of Jesus in everyone we meet.

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