April 2019

Reflection April 30

2019-04-01T17:03:56-05:00April 30th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Pius V

John: 3: 7-15

Being a Christian is more than following a few laws, of being kind to one another, “Do not the pagans do as much?” Our life as a follower of Jesus involves a very deep interior life of faith, a deep interior life of prayer; it involves having Christ-like attitudes. What someone might see on the surface needs to flow from something deep down inside us. Once again today, we are asked to discover the mystery of Christianity as we live out our life each day in this world.

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Reflection April 29

2019-04-01T17:10:53-05:00April 29th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Catherine of Siena

John 3: 1-8

We have been born again of water and the Holy Spirit. Jesus has breathed new life within us. We are now called to change the world and pray that the realization of what has happened within us will give us the courage to live this new life with boldness.

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Reflection April 28

2019-04-01T17:00:41-05:00April 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Second Sunday of Easter  (Divine Mercy)

John 20: 19-31

My friends, if you are ever going to be a skeptic, be an honest one. Don’t be ashamed of your doubts. Jesus never suggested that in order to follow him we had to quit thinking. Instead he said: “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” It has stood the test for twenty centuries. I don’t think his words will fall apart just because we ask a few honest questions. Doubt is not always bad, but honest doubters, doubt their doubts.

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Reflection April 27

2019-04-01T16:58:25-05:00April 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 16:9-15

A woman was nominated to her church’s evangelization committee. Her pastor, recognizing that she was somewhat shy, emphasized that she should pray before making any house calls to invite people into the church. The following week when the pastor inquired whether her prayers have been answered, the woman replied with relief, “They sure were, Reverend. I prayed that the people wouldn’t be home. And they weren’t.” Now it is our turn to go forth and proclaim the Good News.

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Reflection April 26

2019-04-01T16:54:04-05:00April 26th, 2019|Reflections|

John 21: 1-14

The Easter story is a profound affirmation of the values of the life of the body and the goods of the earth. Today’s lesson offers more than a generalized affirmation of bodily life and worldly goods.  Indirectly it sanctifies the importance of common work. Why else would the risen Lord have appeared to men at work as well as to people at prayer. Common work is the way most people fulfill their service to God and neighbor.

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Reflection April 25

2019-04-01T16:48:46-05:00April 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 24: 35-48

The Christian community would never have expanded beyond Jerusalem if the disciples had not cast off their fears and worries. On this Easter Thursday we take a closer look at how we may be worrying our lives away and missing out on the joy of trusting Jesus to makes us his witnesses to all the world.

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Reflection April 24

2019-04-01T16:46:34-05:00April 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Luke 24: 13-35

For the disciples on the road to Emmaus life took on a whole new meaning because they were willing to listen to a stranger who opened their hearts and minds. Because of their gracious hospitality their lives were turned around; their tragedy became triumph, their despair became hope, grief was turned into joy. Jesus can do the same for us. We need to invite Jesus on our journey and listen.

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Reflection April 22

2019-04-01T16:42:48-05:00April 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

Mathew 28: 8-15

Easter calls us beyond ourselves, our wants, our fears. Christ’s rising from the dead demands a change in attitude, in perspective, in the way we approach the complexities and demands of the world. The Resurrection pulls us out of our own “tombs” of indifference and cynicism, of self-centeredness. There was a new fond energy in the disciples when they heard the news from the women. There was joy in their hearts of the possibility that he was back with them. And that joy can be ours if we keep going back to the center – Jesus.

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Reflection April 21

2019-04-01T16:39:58-05:00April 21st, 2019|Reflections|

Easter Sunday

Luke 14: 1-12

Easter Sunday is the high point of the church year. Easter is the center of our faith. St. Paul puts it this way, “If Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our faith is empty, senseless.” Easter is indeed a celebration of God’s love for us and I hope we realize how much God loves us, a God who created us in God’s own image and likeness. We are all pilgrims on life’s journey. We all have our faults and failings. We are all in the process of becoming what God intends us to be. None of us is a finished product and so we continue each day with life’s blessings and challenges never giving up knowing that we are God’s children.

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Reflection April 20

2019-04-01T16:38:19-05:00April 20th, 2019|Reflections|

Holy Saturday

Luke 24: 1-12

Tonight’s renewal of our baptismal promises reminds us that we are willing to live by them daily. And so tonight we begin again. There is newness in our life with God. And we rejoice! We celebrate with Joy our liberation from our old selves. Tonight, is a time to be grateful for our baptism. It is our “Passover” as we celebrate our new life in Jesus Christ.

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