July 2019

Reflection July 31

2019-07-03T20:54:55-05:00July 31st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Ignatius

Matthew 13:44-46

Jesus is reminding us that life’s true treasures are discovered by people who faithfully dedicate themselves to their vocation, their everyday duties and responsibilities. But most of us don’t believe that. We keep thinking that the real treasure is out there somewhere, and if we weren’t tied down to this boring job and if we weren’t saddled with these family responsibilities, then we could be free to go look for it.

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Reflection July 30

2019-07-03T20:54:14-05:00July 30th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Peter Chrysologus

Matthew 13:36-43

The only possible result of a dedicated campaign to whack away all the weeds in the world or the church would be the absolute destruction of every one of us. Instead, we wait in patience and in hope for the day when God will sort through the harvest, sift through the wheat and weeds in each one of us, and gather us all as forgiven and reconciled into the final harvest.

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Reflection July 29

2019-07-03T20:53:25-05:00July 29th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Martha

John 11:19-27

Martha is an example of a woman whose love for God expressed itself in the service of love. She manifested her love for Jesus by providing him and his disciples a home whenever they were near Jerusalem. Jesus asks us again and again to express our love for him by service for others. Religion, in other words, that has only a head in the sky and no feet on the ground benefits no one.

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Reflection July 28

2019-07-03T20:52:38-05:00July 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 11:1-13

Busy lives become meaningless unless they are brought into focus during prayer. In prayer we find the significance of our lives, prayer helps us to put life in perspective. Prayer creates that space in which the Lord can speak to us and we to God. Remember, it is the space between the words that make a sentence readable and understandable.

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Reflection July 27

2019-07-03T20:51:47-05:00July 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 13:24-30

The parable of the weeds and wheat obviously deals with membership in the kingdom. There are both good and bad in it. But until lives are over, one cannot say for sure which is which.  It is still the growing season and what seems to be a weed might turn out as the finest grain of wheat and what seems to be wheat might just be weeds. It is not in our place to judge which is which; we all need to grow together doing our best. We did not do the planting!

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Reflection July 26

2019-07-03T20:51:02-05:00July 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Joachim and Anne

Matthew 13:18-23

Discipleship, however, calls us to be careful and deliberate sowers of a harvest far greater and lasting than our own interests and profit. Christ calls us to be sowers of his Word in every situation and relationship, especially when such “sowing” yields a harvest that benefits others far more than benefits us. Wherever you find yourself today, plant a seed of hope and watch it grow.

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Reflection July 25

2019-07-03T20:50:23-05:00July 25th, 2019|Reflections|

St. James

Matthew 20:20-28

We all share in the power of the kingdom but how do we use it? We have the power for good in this world and in this community, what are we doing with it. We have the power to be positive, and not negative, we have the power to love and show concern, we have the power to be generous. What are we doing with it?

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Reflection July 24

2019-07-03T20:49:41-05:00July 24th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Sharbel Makluf

Matthew 13:1-9

If we are discouraged about our own personal growth, let’s remember the true story about a piece of marble that was hewn from one gigantic block, unwanted, and discarded for thirty-eight years after being poorly cut. Then the authorities commissioned a young twenty-six-year-old artist to work on it.  In two years, there was a masterpiece and that masterpiece is the statue of David. So it is with each of us. Jesus wants us to grow to our full potential and so, let those who have ears to hear, hear.

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Reflection July 23

2019-07-03T20:49:02-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bridget

Matthew 12:46-50

Mark tells us that when Jesus set out on his public mission, his friends tried to restrain him, for they said he was mad (Mark 3:21). Even if a Christian finds that those closest to him or her do not understand, there still remains the fellowship of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of all who love the Lord. I am not sure if any of us reading this is related but I do know for sure that there is something very special which makes me feel very connected with you. And that is our being one in Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for this relationship!

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Reflection July 22

2019-07-03T20:48:18-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Mary Magdalene

John 20:1-2, 11-18

What are some of the unexpected ways in which God has appeared to us? Do we even expect to find and see him in our everyday life? Have we missed recognizing him in a street person, a delivery truck driver, a difficult person, a community member who is as irritating as a hair shirt? Have we recognized him in ourselves as we share what we have with the poor, listening to someone in need, comforting the sick, speaking up for those unjustly treated?

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