March 2019

Reflection March 31

2019-03-05T16:12:49-06:00March 31st, 2019|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Let us pray on this Sunday of Lent that we all have the courage to live the gospel by proclaiming through our lives what Jesus is doing in us. The man said,“I know this much:  He is a prophet. I was blind. Now I can see.”Such is the simple, practical, convincing sermon of a life that has been changed by the power of God. We have all been touched by the power of God. Let us have the courage to proclaim it to the world by the way we live!

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Reflection March 30

2019-03-05T16:11:32-06:00March 30th, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 18:9-14

God’s idea of righteousness is not the supposedly sinless perfectionist, but the pitiful, hopeless, humble, sinner who knows he/she needs God! We are the ones He came to save! “For I came not to call the righteous,” Jesus said, “but sinners!” God’s idea of goodness is a sinner who knows he/she needs God and depends on God for salvation, not the self-made, self-righteous, hypocritical Pharisees who think they can save themselves by their good character and behavior, whom Thomas Merton referred to as those with their own personal salvation projects.

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Reflection March 28

2019-03-05T16:09:19-06:00March 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 11:14-23

Jesus is saying that his work and that of his disciples is the beginning of the end for the forces of evil. It is not uncommon for people to resort to slander when all other efforts have failed. Luke finishes this section with the saying of Jesus that he who was not with him was against him, and that he who did not help to gather the flock helped to scatter it abroad. There is no place for neutrality in the Christian life. The one who stands aloof or apart from the good cause automatically helps the evil cause. A person is either on the way or in the way.

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Reflection March 27

2019-03-05T16:08:09-06:00March 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:17-19

C.S. Lewis observed that “there is one vice of which no one in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. This vice is pride. The virtue that is its opposite is humility. It is a terrible thing that this worst of all vices can smuggle itself into the very center of religion.”

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Reflection March 26

2019-03-05T16:05:05-06:00March 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 18:21-35

The Greek word for forgiveness means, “to send away”or, quite literally, “to let go.”That suggests that forgivenessis a choice. It is not something that simply happens over time; it doesn’t just go away if we ignore the pain. Forgiveness is a conscious decision on the part of the offended person to let it go. In fact, the person you choose to forgive may not ever know that you have done so; they may not even be living any more. But in your heart, you will always know that you forgave them.

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Reflection March 25

2019-03-05T16:03:52-06:00March 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Luke 1:26-38

Today, with faith in God and with the support of one another, we promise once again to be faithful to whatever God asks of us. Today, we renew our YES. We, too, have our many excuses but this world would lose so much of God’s presence and love if we would be filled with self-pity; if we believe that the problems and challenges are too great because we see them through our limited vision and not with the eyes of faith. May our YES today be a new challenge to what lies ahead of us this year.

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Reflection March 24

2019-03-05T16:02:53-06:00March 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Lent

Luke 13:1-9

We don’t have too much space to criticize the people of that first century. The blessings of life are a matter of gift, gifts from God which, in turn, we share with others. Blessings are given to us that we might enjoy them but also that we might use them in service to and for others. With every blessing and privilege, there is a responsibility. In today’s parable Jesus teaches us that God is at work in our lives with the patience of a gardener. May we be patient with ourselves and each other!

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Reflection March 23

2019-03-05T16:01:21-06:00March 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

In World War II, a soldier lay wounded on the battlefield. A chaplain came and knelt beside him. The boy looked up and recognized him as the Catholic priest. He said: “Padre, I do not belong to your church.”  The chaplain replied: “That’s no problem son. You do belong to my God.” And that is the right thing for all of us to say about every person. Whatever the differences might be, we are still created by one God who loves us all. Yet some of us still choke on the idea of referring to some people as our sister or our brother.

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Reflection March 22

2019-03-05T16:00:27-06:00March 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46

In today’s gospel we see Jesus talking about his own suffering and death within a story. He sees himself as the son who was rejected and finally killed. Yet even in such tragedy, he was so tuned into God that he could see God’s hand in it all and say with the psalmist:  It was the lord who did this, and we find it marvelous to behold. Do we have a discerning spirit, developed through prayer and the sacraments, which will help us see the hand of God in our own lives?

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Reflection March 21

2019-03-05T15:59:18-06:00March 21st, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 16:19-31

In today’s world it is so easy to become like the rich man even in our poverty. Even what little we think we have can look like an abundance to others who have so much less. It is easy to give from our leftovers. It is easy to write a check or send money. However, people less fortunate than we need recognition and love just as much as we do. Let us pray for one another that we will have the courage to act and live as Jesus did. He got involved in the lives of others and made a difference.

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