June 2019

Reflection June 30

2019-06-10T14:12:29-05:00June 30th, 2019|Reflections|

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 9:51-62

O Lord, by your grace and wisdom, help us take up the work of discipleship you have entrusted to us. May we not hesitate to love the unloved and to seek and bring back the lost and rejected; may we not delay in bringing justice and reconciliation to our communities; may we not let fear intimidate us from being the means for healing and reconciliation.

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Reflection June 29

2019-06-10T14:10:22-05:00June 29th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Peter and Paul

Matthew 16:13-19

Jesus took a poll to find out what others thought about him, what others were saying of him. So, who do people say you are as a Christ follower? It would be interesting for all of us to take a poll; kind of an evaluation of ourselves by our peers, by those with whom we live and work as to our life as a follower of Christ.  It takes a lot of courage to see how people perceive us.

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Reflection June 28

2019-06-10T14:09:36-05:00June 28th, 2019|Reflections|

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Luke 15:3-7

One of the most precious things we have in life is our relationship with God. What do we do with it? How do we treat it – as something taken for granted or do we really spend time with God in prayer each day? When our life seems to crumble do we ever think that it might be because our prayer life is not what it should be? Do we ever take the time to go in search of whatever it is that is keeping us from a better relationship with God?

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Reflection June 27

2019-06-10T14:08:43-05:00June 27th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Cyril of Alexandria

Matthew 7:21-29

“Where God’s will is done is heaven.  The essence of heaven is oneness with God’s will. What we pray for in the third petition of the Our Father is that we come closer and closer to him, so that God’s will can conquer the downward pull of our selfishness and make us capable of the lofty height to which we are called.”    Benedict XVI

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Reflection June 26

2019-06-10T14:07:26-05:00June 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 7:15-20

We cannot tell whether prophets are God’s prophets merely by look­ing at the clothes they wear. Prophets sent by God and false proph­ets both wear the same vestments. Only by determining whether or not the message of a prophet is true can false prophets be uncov­ered and God’s prophets be discerned. Twice Jesus says, “By their fruits you will know them.”

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Reflection June 25

2019-06-10T14:06:29-05:00June 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 7:6,12-14

In every action of life, we are confronted with a choice. It is a choice between the hard way and the easy way. And there is never an easy way to greatness. In this world, we are constantly faced with the short way of doing things which promises immediate results – the age of the INSTANT. It is the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless.

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Reflection June 24

2019-06-10T14:05:47-05:00June 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-66,80

Like John the Baptist, we are heralds in all four senses of the word. We are proclaimers of God’s battle against the forces of evil in this world. We are witnesses to the glory of God and are obligated to spread that glory far and wide. We are keepers of the family of God. We are precursors of a coming kingdom where all people will live in peace and justice with one another.

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Reflection June 23

2019-06-10T14:05:11-05:00June 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Luke 9:11-17

“The Christ present in our midst, in the signs of bread and wine, requires that the power of love exceed every brokenness, and at the same time that it becomes communion with the poor, support for the weak, fraternal attention to those who are struggling to carry the weight of everyday life.”   Pope Francis

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Reflection June 22

2019-06-10T14:04:31-05:00June 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 6:24-34

So much of our worry stems from an awareness of our own inadequacy and an unawareness of God’s presence in our life. The first followers of Jesus must have experienced similar problems and anxieties. So Jesus simply reminded them of the presence of God. He directed their attention to nature, the birds and the flowers and how our Father takes care of them.  Will he not provide much more for us?

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Reflection June 21

2019-06-10T14:03:33-05:00June 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Aloysius

Mathew 6:19-23

“It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?” (The Moral Bucket List – David Brooks) Many people are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character. Where am I? Do I take the journey within?

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