August 2019

Reflection August 31

2019-08-05T14:46:28-05:00August 31st, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 25:14-30

We are Christians not because of what we believe. We are Christians not because of where we go to church. We are Christians because of and only because of whom we follow and serve; namely Jesus Christ whose name we bear and we demonstrate that by our acting in trust with what we have received.

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Reflection August 30

2019-08-05T14:45:19-05:00August 30th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 25:1-13

I pray that that all of us will keep our oil lamps filled through a life of prayer, through our sharing in the sacraments, through a life centered in the Eucharist and a life of service to one another. Then we can continue to become what God intended us to be

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Reflection August 29

2019-08-05T14:39:46-05:00August 29th, 2019|Reflections|

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:17-29

John the Baptist stands revealed before us in this gospel passage. He stands as a man of courage. John was a man who preferred death to falsehood. He lived for the truth and he died for the truth. He brought the voice of God to people; he was the conscience of the people. The value of John the Baptist’s death in Christian memory and in God’s own eyes makes us face the reality of our own deepest convictions.

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Reflection August 28

2019-08-05T14:37:31-05:00August 28th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Augustine

Matthew 23:27-32

Those who talk a good game never test themselves on the playing field. These are people who love to live in the past and in the future but have no guts to live in the present. Let us pray for one another that we will have the courage to live in the present, living a life that is based on faith and not fear.

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Reflection August 27

2019-08-05T14:36:57-05:00August 27th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Monica

Matthew 23:23-26

We must remember that the Lord looks straight into our hearts and sees our intentions. Do we act righteously to gain the approval of others? Do we live out Jesus’ greatest commandment, which is to love one another as He has loved us?

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Reflection August 26

2019-08-05T14:36:17-05:00August 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 13:22-30

The “narrow door” to God is difficult to enter. It is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness; it can only be entered by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. But Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the “narrow door” will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of his Father.

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Reflection August 25

2019-08-05T14:35:27-05:00August 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 13:22-30

The “narrow door” to God is difficult to enter. It is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness; it can only be entered by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. But Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the “narrow door” will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of his Father.

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Reflection August 24

2019-08-05T14:34:34-05:00August 24th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bartholomew

John 1:45-51

Once we believe, we bring others to Jesus and get out of the way so that they can believe. God gives us the person who is in need of a kind word, the person who needs someone who will listen, the person who needs to be consoled, etc. God works through us to draw another person to faith in Christ. We must be careful not to get in the way of God’s work.

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Reflection August 23

2019-08-05T14:33:34-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Rose of Lima

Matthew 22:34-40

Sometimes love asks us to put aside our own dreams for those we love in order to enable them to realize their own dreams. Love can demand that we swallow our own disappointments and hurts in order to forgive, to support, to lift up. Love can require us to check our own pain in order to alleviate another’s hurt. That is exactly the way God loves us: always ready to forgive and restore and welcome us back despite the incredibly stupid and hateful things we do.

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