May 2019

Reflection May 11

2019-05-02T10:45:51-05:00May 11th, 2019|Reflections|

John 6:60-69

This passage reveals that Jesus neither strokes the fickle nor pampers the undecided. Jesus, the Son of God is willing for those who disagree with him to walk away, should they so choose. And looking at the remaining twelve he asked: “Will you also leave?” But they replied: “To whom else shall we go, you have the words of eternal life.” What is our answer?

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Reflection May 10

2019-05-02T10:44:46-05:00May 10th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Damian de Veuster

John 6:52-59

Jesus did not simply call people to follow his way of life. He also promised unfailing sources of energy with which to do it. And that promise holds true for every one of us. So remember what he said: “I am the living bread come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he shall live forever. The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” Let us give thanks to God each day for this incredible life-giving gift.

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Reflection May 9

2019-05-02T10:43:21-05:00May 9th, 2019|Reflections|

John 6:44-51

In each of our lives Jesus comes as the bread of life to be eaten, to be consumed by us, so much does he love us. Then Jesus comes in our human life as the hungry one, the other, hoping to be fed with the bread of our life. We then share this living bread by loving, and by serving. In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of God, for God is love and when we love we reflect God’s love in our world.

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Reflection May 7

2019-05-02T10:39:57-05:00May 7th, 2019|Reflections|

John 6:30-35

In essence, Jesus is saying, you cannot deal with an all-perfect, all-loving, all-forgiving, all-understanding God in heaven, if you cannot deal with a less-than-perfect, less-than-forgiving, and less-than-understanding community here on earth. You cannot pretend to be dealing with an invisible God if you refuse to deal with a visible (imperfect) family.

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Reflection May 6

2019-05-02T10:36:57-05:00May 6th, 2019|Reflections|

John 6:22-29

“Master, when did you get here?” He never answered their question. This was not the time to have pleasant talk about journeys and travel plans. He did not answer their first question, but he does answer their second question: “What can we do to accomplish the works of God.” “This is the work of God that you believe in the one he sent.” And that is our daily mandate – to see the presence of God in all things.

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Reflection May 5

2019-05-02T10:35:53-05:00May 5th, 2019|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Easter

John 21:1-19

The ultimate question, “Do you love me?” calls for the ultimate answer, an answer that is not only spoken, it must be lived. Three times Jesus questioned, and three times Peter answered and three times Jesus said: “If you love me – feed my sheep.” In other words, show me that you love me, do something about it.  Our love for Jesus must be expressed by our love for one another. May we never forget that love is the measure of all holiness.

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Reflection May 4

2019-05-02T10:34:51-05:00May 4th, 2019|Reflections|

John 6:16-21

In the gospel Jesus shatters an expectation and assumption when he comes to his disciples walking on the water. People don’t walk on water! In this one gesture Jesus is teaching us to accept what we deemed impossible. Jesus sets aside preconceived notions about life itself. May we have a strong faith, trusting in all that God can do in and through us.

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Reflection May 3

2019-05-02T09:42:59-05:00May 3rd, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Philip and James

John 14:6-14

We can easily identify with Philip. All of us feel a need at times to have something more real and tangible than an un-seeable and unknowable God. Let us help one another see the face of God in our acts of love and kindness and compassion.

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Reflection May 2

2019-05-01T10:29:23-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Athanasius

John 3:31-36

God does not allocate a certain amount of health, wealth, and happiness to each person and once you use it up it’s gone, and you receive no more. His love and care are free flowing – present in our joys and sorrows, in our health and sickness. But isn’t it amazing how we, at times, tend to ration our love, our gifts, our energies, and carefully count the cost? Lord, help us to be as generous as you.

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Reflection May 1

2019-04-30T10:51:52-05:00May 1st, 2019|Reflections|

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

John 3:16-21

“God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son.” The German friar Martin of Erfurt called this statement the “little Gospel” because it says everything all of the gospels are saying. It is a simple, direct and complete picture of God. It is God’s gift to us here and now. This is Salvation.

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