September 2019

Reflection for September 30

2019-09-09T15:30:56-05:00September 30th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Jerome – 

According to Jesus, discipleship is a way of powerlessness. God is not interested in how much power we have; God is interested in how we powerlessly do God’s will by serving each other. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being last and the servant of all, the powerlessness of a child who trusts.

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Reflection for September 29

2019-09-09T15:30:15-05:00September 29th, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

In today’s world it is so easy to become like the rich man even in our poverty. Even what little we think we have can look like an abundance to others who have so much less. It is easy to give from our leftovers. It is easy to write a check and send some money but people less fortunate than we need recognition and love, just as much as we do.


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Reflection for September 28

2019-09-09T15:29:33-05:00September 28th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Wenceslaus, St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions –

We need to listen to the Word of God even though at the time of our listening we do not comprehend the full meaning. Life’s experiences will have a way of reminding us of what we heard. And after the experience, the Word of God comes alive and we understand.

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Reflection for September 27

2019-09-09T15:29:08-05:00September 27th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Vincent de Paul – 

The teaching for us is that the truth of God is revealed over a period of time. We are not always ready to receive the truth God has for us. No one could handle the full weight of knowledge of the future all at once. Because God is gracious, we are given what we are capable of understanding at the right time. God’s truth dawns in our hearts and minds “in the fullness of time.”

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Reflection for September 26

2019-09-09T15:28:50-05:00September 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Cosmas and Damian – 

In faith, we believe that we see Jesus. But where? In miracles that reveal the wonder of God’s kingdom, certainly. But we see Jesus most clearly after Herod had dispensed with him. On a cross in the darkness of a Friday afternoon, as he rises from the dead on Easter Sunday, and as he comes to us in the breaking of the bread, we see Jesus.

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Reflection for September 25

2019-09-09T15:28:32-05:00September 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Every day of our lives is a journey that God has sent us on to proclaim the Kingdom in our midst. In the simplest acts of charity and the smallest offerings of kindness, we can heal, we can cast out demons; we can reveal the Kingdom of God in our midst. But we need to get out of the way and make room for Jesus.

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Reflection for September 24

2019-09-09T15:28:10-05:00September 24th, 2019|Reflections|

How do we manifest the family of God? We do it by hearing the word of God and acting upon it. If we will be both hearers and doers of what Jesus taught, then we will be agents of building up God’s family which is the kingdom of peace that will continue forever.

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Reflection for September 23

2019-09-09T15:27:55-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Pius of Pietrelcina – 

“The Church must be a source of healing, especially when we listen to the cries of the poor. Every worshipping community and each individual within it could be a beacon of light, so that the light of Christ may enlighten and enliven our modern but broken world.” Cardinal Martini

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Reflection for September 22

2019-09-09T15:27:36-05:00September 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

There are no big things in life, but just a series of small things that make a big difference. Little things do mean a lot; like a hand to hold, a shoulder to cry on, the warmth of a smile, the assurance of an understanding friend, acceptance of others, loving one another. Little things do mean a lot to every person. Pray today to be sensitive to the needs of others.

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Reflection for September 21

2019-09-09T15:27:06-05:00September 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Matthew – 

How are we imitating Jesus in inviting people into our life? We come to break bread within Mass, a powerful symbol of togetherness in Jesus. But how inclusive are we of others? Who are the people we shut out of our lives? Some people we might write off since they are of no benefit to us? Jesus was quite inclusive in his relationships. The main point of this passage is not the call of Matthew but the call of a tax-collector, a despised character, a sinner.

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