June 2019

Reflection June 20

2019-06-10T14:02:53-05:00June 20th, 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 June 19

2019-06-10T14:01:54-05:00June 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

We are all part of something much greater than ourselves, something not confined to our own time and space. Every day, in someone you encounter, that “something” will make itself known. We need to embrace Jesus’ spirit of gratitude and humility, always aware of God’s love. We need a spirit of joy, that every prayer we offer and every good work we are able to do may be signs of God’s reign of peace and compassion in this time and place of ours.

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Reflection June 18

2019-06-10T14:01:10-05:00June 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus makes it unmistakably clear that you and I, his followers, are under obligation to love our enemies. Of all his teachings this is perhaps the most difficult to understand, approve and obey. At first glance it seems more like an idealistic dream than a serious thought about life. There may be times when we are not as just as we should be or as good as we should be yet God always includes us in his blessings.  Why should we be any different?

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Reflection June 17

2019-06-10T13:59:54-05:00June 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:38-42

We need to remember that evil deeds do not arise out of hearts filled with joy and peace, but out of hearts suffering with anxiety, inadequacy, jealousy, hatred or any of a thousand maladies. May we put aside our own anger and need for retribution in order to be God’s ministers of forgiveness and vehicles of healing in our homes and communities.

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Reflection June 16

2019-06-10T13:58:52-05:00June 16th, 2019|Reflections|

The Most Holy Trinity

John 16:12-15

“Two is company, three is a crowd.” The Trinity shows us that three is community, three is love at its best; three is not a crowd. Each one of us becomes fully human only when we are in relationship with God and in relationship with others. In that way our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God. The doctrine of the Blessed Trinity challenges us to adopt an I-and-God-and-neighbor principle. May the grace of the Holy Trinity help us to banish all traces of selfishness in our lives and to live in love of God and of neighbor…and to live in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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Reflection June 15

2019-06-10T13:58:06-05:00June 15th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:33-37

“Say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no. Anything beyond that is from the evil one. “ Promise-keeping is the foundation of personal and social existence. If we cannot trust people to keep their word, then there is no basis for civil law, for business dealings, for personal friendships, or for family life. For that reason, we routinely expect people to swear that they are telling the truth. How can I change my life in this regard? How can I improve my level of trust?

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Reflection June 14

2019-06-10T13:56:40-05:00June 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:27-32

We pray for the wisdom and courage to throw away and cut out of our lives whatever distracts us from God and those we love and who love us.  We pray to let go of objects and attitudes that isolate us in our own needs and wants so that we may discover the joy and meaning of enabling others to realize theirs.

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Reflection June 13

2019-06-10T13:56:00-05:00June 13th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Anthony of Padua

Matthew 5:20-26

One of the hallmarks of the gospel of Jesus is that it is good news for sin­ners.  In other words, the good part of Good News is that it is not only the righteous, and certainly not only the self-righteous, who have access to God, but those who need God’s healing—quite a reversal of the prevail­ing ideas of ritual cleanliness accepted in Jesus’ day. We place our trust in Jesus.

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Reflection June 12

2019-06-10T13:55:22-05:00June 12th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 5:17-19

Jesus never grew tired of what he set out to do and never gave up on any task. And Jesus never gives up on us.  We need to trust Jesus to never give up on us and to complete the work of renewal in our lives, which he began.

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Reflection June 11

2019-06-10T13:54:47-05:00June 11th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Barnabas

Matthew 5:13-16

Without the constant prayers of God’s people, without our faithful witness and sacrificial service, spiritual darkness would envelop the world. Not only would people not be able to find God, they would even start to lose sight of what is good and true and just and beautiful. That’s an amazing responsibility, and an amazing privilege. So let’s keep shining brightly for God in our corner of the world.

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