February 2019

Reflection February 18

2019-01-31T20:25:01-06:00February 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:11-13

Our lives are filled with signs of God’s love; our families, communities and friends who love and support us, the wonders of creation, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, a child’s smile, the grace of someone’s kindness, support and forgiveness. What we doneed is the openness of heart and the vision of faith to realize those signs in our midst.

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Reflection February 17

2019-01-31T20:21:56-06:00February 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:17,20-26

Our passage today is a series of bombshells, each one is such a challenge. Quite literally, these statements, known as beatitudes, take the accepted standards of this world and turn them upside down. We are faced all through life with a choice, the beatitudes of Christ or the attitudes of the world. What will be our choice not only for today but for the rest of our lives?

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Reflection February 16

2019-01-31T20:20:09-06:00February 16th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:1-10

From the beginning of Christian belief, our tradition has seen in the feeding of the crow­d, Christ’s gift of himself­ in the Eucharist. But the world still hungers, people are still in need. Following our participation in Mass, what do we take with us for the rest of the world that is waiting, for our community with whom we live? The fragments are in our possession. Will we carry with us the Lord’s compassion and love or are we still handing out petrified crumbs of indifference? 

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Reflection February 15

2019-01-31T20:18:38-06:00February 15th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:31-37

In this brief passage we have so much to learn from Jesus in regard to our dealings with one another. In our relationships how many times are we gruff, insensitive, downright nasty, making people ill at ease and more embarrassed. Are we more concerned about being correct and known for our accuracy in all things, or are we more concerned about being considerate of the ones we serve?

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Reflection February 14

2019-01-31T20:17:14-06:00February 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Cyril and Methodius

Mark 7:24-30

The woman in today’s gospel had unbeatable persistence. This woman had the one supremely effective quality in prayer, she was sincere. Prayer for her was no ritual form; it was the outpouring of the passionate desire of her soul, which somehow felt that she could not take no for an answer.

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Reflection February 13

2019-01-31T20:15:16-06:00February 13th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus had far harsher words of condemnation for the spiritually proud than for the sensually fallen.He did not approve of the sins of the flesh any more than the sins of the heart. Both stand in the way of a loving relationship to God and neighbor. But he found sins of the heart bigger obstacles to loving God and others because these sins are often the sins of what might be called the “respectable sins of respectable people,” people who are scarcely aware of the damage they do.

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Reflection February 12

2019-01-31T20:13:27-06:00February 12th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:1-13

This grace of freedom which Jesus was offering could not be accepted by the Pharisees. And so, Jesus passed on this sense of freedom to his disciples. Jesus was dealing with a system which put rules and regulations before human need. We all need rules and regulations but they have a place in our lives and never take precedence over compassion and love for one another. 

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Reflection February 11

2019-01-31T20:11:56-06:00February 11th, 2019|Reflections|

Our Lady of Lourdes

Mark 6:53-56

Jesus does not judge the motives of the people in today’s gospel. Jesus’ response is to heal their suf­fering and help them on the road to a deeper faith. They seek nothing but their own physical needs, not a life-changing faith in the gospel of Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus addresses their immediate needs and is not concerned about their interior conversion, obviously trusting that his Father will provide the rest.

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Reflection February 10

2019-01-31T20:08:45-06:00February 10th, 2019|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 5:1-11

In our own lives there are moments when we perceive ourselves as empty and not worthy of God’s love but we are restored through the compassion of another who has been there and has been transformed by God’s love. And it is through our own brokenness that we can compassionately encourage another person to accept God’s love. 

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Reflection February 9

2019-01-31T20:07:00-06:00February 9th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 6:30-34

Jesus feels sorry for the people who seem to be aimlessly wandering around. Yes, sheep without a shepherd, a ship without a rudder. Without time for ourselves and those we love, our families and the significant people in our lives could become “sheep without a shepherd,” families without parents, parents without children, friends without friends.  In short, we could become people without people. 

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