March 2019

Reflection March 20

2019-03-05T15:56:26-06:00March 20th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 20:17-28

God tells us to be loving, but we cannot hear because we are too worried about taking care of ourselves. He invites us to forgiveness, but revenge gets in the way. We are challenged to meet the needs of the lowly, but our needs take over. Lent is a great time to root out our hidden agendas and truly listen to God’s voice calling us to wholeness.

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Reflection March 19

2019-03-05T15:53:21-06:00March 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Solemnity of Saint Joseph

Matthew 1:16,18-21, 24

Joseph never once asks, “What’s in this for me?” Joseph is noted for his immediate “yes-response” to the task at hand. He lov­ingly takes Mary into his home at the call of the angel, and he provides a loving home no matter what the consequences are for him. Instead of manipulating, he complies with and accepts the Lord’s challenge in his life. Joseph points the way today. When all our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have, not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.

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Reflection March 18

2019-03-05T15:50:54-06:00March 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Luke 6:36-38

Jesus tells us to be merciful just as God is merciful to us. We should not judge others. This is not a prerogative for us. This should be left to God alone. Rather than a person hating in response to hatred but loving in response to love, a Christian’s behavior and relationships are prompted by the God we worship who does not react but acts in love and grace to all.

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Reflection March 17

2019-03-05T15:49:51-06:00March 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Second Sunday of Lent

Luke 9:28-36

Our burdens will never be as intense as those of Jesus, but we all have our concerns and worries, our illnesses and setbacks and anxieties. We can be changed, nourished and strengthened in our personal prayer and in the celebration of the sacraments. In Mass God nourishes us with his Word. This Word challenges us to evaluate our faithfulness to our call as disciples. It also gives us encouragement to continue on even when we see no hope in sight. Any experience of God is a transfiguring experience.

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Reflection March 16

2019-03-05T15:48:48-06:00March 16th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:43-48

Could it be that Jesus is talking about loving the people we have to live with, and work with, and rub shoulders with day after day? Some of these people can be very unpleasant, unkind, and unfair. They say things we don’t like. They take us for granted. They show no appreciation for the good things we do for them. Their presence makes our little part of the world very difficult. Do you think these might be some of the people Jesus had in mind when he asked us to love our enemies?

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Reflection March 15

2019-03-05T15:47:16-06:00March 15th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:20-26

Our salvation does not come from obeying laws. Out salvation comes from Jesus Christ whose whole life was a life of love. Our outer conduct like that of the scribes and the Pharisees is worthless. What is needed is that we become poor in spirit and acknowledge that we are imperfect and that we are sinners. Our holiness must flow from our love for one another. The salvation of the world came about through a man who did not keep all the laws of Moses but who lifted them to a higher level and was willing to die for what he believed.

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Reflection March 14

2019-03-05T15:46:21-06:00March 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 7:7-12

Prayer will always help keep our life in perspective. Every event will not be a tragedy; every action of service to another will not be a burden. Life will be more Christ-centered; every episode in life will not be a catastrophe. And we will begin to see more and more each day that our prayer will become less and less an effort to change the mind of God and more and more a deeper trust to really be open and hear his response and accept it with open arms.

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Reflection March 13

2019-03-05T15:45:25-06:00March 13th, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 11:29-32

Jesus rebukes the “fellowship of excitement” that surrounded him, constantly awaiting fresh wonders, new stimulation to certify the “real” presence of the Spirit. He told the crowds the only sign they needed was the sign of Jonah. The presence of the Christ and the sign of the resurrection are evidence enough. To seek “excitement,” even if great crowds come seeking it, is not discipleship but doubt, masquerading as faith. In other words, crowds do not always mean success. At least, not for the cause of Jesus

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Reflection March 12

2019-03-05T15:44:28-06:00March 12th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 6:7-15

For Jesus, prayer is action and action is prayer. We pray the Lord’s Prayer and as we pray it gives us our agenda for action in this world. Then our prayer will be more than words and we will be living in the Spirit of Jesus. Everything we need to say about who God is, who we are and who we hope to become is contained in this one prayer. In her book The Way of Perfection – Theresa of Avila advised her novices: “Pray the Our Father but take an hour to pray it.”

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Reflection March 11

2019-03-05T15:43:21-06:00March 11th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 25:31-46

If we read this gospel story in a casual way, we will see only two groups of people, those on the right who got involved and those on the left who did nothing. But we must take note that there is a third group. It is made up of those people who needed the help. Jesus simply referred to them as “the least of my sisters and brothers.”Their lives can be changed through encountering the living Jesus Christ through our living as his true followers.

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