April 2019

Reflection April 19

2019-04-01T16:36:26-05:00April 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Good Friday

John 18: 1-19, 42

Three times Peter denied his Master, swearing he had nothing to do with him. But the Holy Spirit, Father of the poor, made use of this terrible fall to touch the Apostle’s heart again, very deeply. Peter met Jesus’ eyes and understood the full horror of his betrayal. But at the same time, he saw that he was not being condemned but loved more tenderly than ever. For him there was still the hope of being lifted up again, the hope of salvation. And Peter broke down in tears, in which his heart was purified there and then.  (Brennan Manning)

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Reflection April 18

2019-04-01T16:35:07-05:00April 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Holy Thursday

John 1: 1-15

Whose feet am I most comfortable washing and whose feet am I most uncomfortable washing? To what extent is God asking me to wash the feet of a betraying Judas or a denying Peter? “During the supper, Jesus, fully aware that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from the meal and picked up a towel.” That statement begins with a profound theological concept, and ends with words so practical and down-to-earth that they almost seem out of place. Jesus had come to a complete awareness of his unique relationship with God. Jesus was fully aware of who he was. And it seems that as a result of that knowledge, he very naturally picked up a towel and began to wash the feet of his disciples. Authentic Christianity always moves from the profound to the practical.

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Reflection April 17

2019-04-01T16:33:18-05:00April 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Wednesday of Holy Week

Matthew 26: 14-25

Can we simply condemn Judas and align ourselves with the women disciples who do not abandon Jesus? Or must we realize that the situation of Judas is all too familiar to us too? When have I found myself on the wrong road and thought stubbornly that I could not turn back? When have I acted against my conscience in order to save face with those in power? We can all cry out with the psalm, “Lord, in your great love, answer me.” Is it possible that, at the last minute, Judas uttered this cry?

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Reflection April 16

2019-04-01T16:31:50-05:00April 16th, 2019|Reflections|

Tuesday of Holy Week

John 13: 21-33

What is Jesus’ greatest concern for you and me? Apparently, it is not that we will focus all our energies and attention on him. At this difficult time, Jesus gave his disciples “a new commandment.” It makes clear that his concern was that the disciples’ relationship to him would deepen their relationship to each other. As Jesus has loved them, they are to love each other. Do we?

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Reflection April 15

2019-04-01T16:28:57-05:00April 15th, 2019|Reflections|

Monday of Holy Week

John 12: 1-11

Henri Nouwen has a saying in one of his books that captures the tension between the need to give and receive: “If I can only give and not receive, the only honest thing to do is question why I give.” Jesus was always giving, always reaching out to minister to the needs of others. He fed the hungry; he gave sight to the blind, voice to the mute, legs to the crippled, health to the lepers. He was, after all, the Messiah. He was supposed to give, and he was good at it. He gave us wonderful examples of how we are to reach out and minister to the needs of others.

 

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Reflection April 14

2019-04-01T16:27:06-05:00April 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Palm Sunday

Luke 23:1-49

Our involvement in Christ’s passion may not be as involved as the people we read about in today’s passion. But it is a great opportunity for us to reexamine our lives and our relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone in today’s gospel interacted with Jesus. One denied him, one betrayed him, one helped him, and several wept for him and many left him. Where are we in this narrative of the final hours of Jesus? I pray that our hearts will be moved by the greatest act of love this world has even witnessed.

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Reflection April 13

2019-04-01T16:25:24-05:00April 13th, 2019|Reflections|

John 11: 45-56

Wonder what would have happened if someone stood up in that meeting of the Sanhedrin Court and said: “Gentlemen, what we are discussing here is murder.  However, we may explain it, we are plotting the death of an innocent man; and that is murder. So why don’t we call it what it is?” Perhaps nothing would have changed. Jesus would have died just the same. But at least, that one man would have redeemed his own soul. For the rest of his life, he would always remember that one refreshing moment when he found the courage to face the truth. And who knows, it could have become a habit of life.

Those people had their chance and it has come and gone. We still have endless opportunities. The setting has changed. Jesus is no longer on trial, but we are. And the question is: Do we have the courage to tell ourselves the truth and to proclaim the truth?

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Reflection April 12

2019-04-01T16:24:06-05:00April 12th, 2019|Reflections|

John 10: 31-42

There is a saying: “It has never been easy to believe in Jesus. It isn’t now and it wasn’t then.” It’s very easy to talk about him, to pay lip service to our faith. But to really believe in him, who he is and what he stands for has never been easy. Our faith does not come to us full-grown. Faith will grow until Jesus becomes more and more a part of us. It is a life-long process. We need to be patient and we need to believe. In the beginning Christianity was not a creed to be accepted. It was a way of life to be lived. And it still is.

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Reflection April 11

2019-04-01T16:22:26-05:00April 11th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Stanislaus

John 8: 51-59

Jesus told the chosen people of his time that they did not know God. What would he tell us today? We say we know God, but is that knowledge visible in the way we live? We all seem to suffer from being able to say more than we live. There is a saying we have all heard, “when all is said and done, more is said than is ever done.” As Lent draws to a close where are we in our relationship with God? Have we come to a deeper appreciation of God’s presence in our lives?

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Reflection April 10

2019-04-01T16:20:00-05:00April 10th, 2019|Reflections|

John 8: 31-42

As Jesus teaches in today’s Lenten Gospel, it is in thinking beyond our own needs and wants to those of others, in finding purpose in doing good for others, in embracing the total and uncompromising love of God in all things that we break out of our “slavery” to sin (selfishness) and experience the freedom of God’s reign in the here and now. St. John says: “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent and we know that we have passed from death into life, because we love.”

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