November 2019

Reflection for November 30

2019-10-17T14:33:30-05:00November 30th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Andrew – 

We hear very little about Andrew but what we do here is how he was always bringing others to Jesus. What about all of us who have been baptized as followers of Jesus Christ? Are we bringing others to Jesus by how we live our baptism each day? Are other people’s lives changed because of how we live our faith?

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Reflection for November 29

2019-10-17T14:31:54-05:00November 29th, 2019|Reflections|

The Lord reminds us that through all change we need to hold onto his words which will not pass away. And thus, we wrap up another liturgical year. This weekend we will begin a new year of grace. I pray that it will be a fresh start for all of us and a new year of great blessing as we continue our journey.

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Reflection for November 28

2019-10-17T14:30:04-05:00November 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Thanksgiving Day – 

How do we live as thankful people? How do we make Eucharist, the great prayer of thanksgiving come alive for us each day? Does gratitude permeate our lives? Are we thankful only when we compare ourselves to those less fortunate than we, or are there times when we are just plain thankful?

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Reflection for November 27

2019-10-17T14:30:55-05:00November 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Jesus tells us today that we need to let our faith express itself freely. We are his followers and we must follow him in all aspects of life. We are the modern-day prophets, witnessing to the presence of Jesus and all that he stands for. We ask today for the courage to testify to the truth.

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Reflection for November 26

2019-10-17T14:23:48-05:00November 26th, 2019|Reflections|

We hold in our hearts the Creator of all, the maker and keeper of all life. We hold in our hearts a God who knows us by name and a Savior who is the same yesterday, today and forever. We hold in our hearts the hope and promise of a better life to come, a life brimming with the presence of God and an eternal state of peace, a life alive in and full of Christ and without destruction and finality.

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Reflection for November 25

2019-10-17T14:23:03-05:00November 25th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Catherine of Alexandria – 

People who are sensitive to the needs of others find their own hearts filled with peace and joy. Let’s not be so lost in our own world that we miss the needs of others. A gift only shows our love when we ourselves have had to do without something, or have had to work doubly hard, in order to give it. May our hearts overflow with generosity.

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Reflection for November 24

2019-10-17T14:21:32-05:00November 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – 

Today, as we end this liturgical year and prepare for Advent and Christmas, let’s face the truth of our lives. As the good thief, are we humble enough to admit our sinfulness and so better recognize Jesus in our midst? Are we still trying to invite Jesus into our kingdom, or are we willing to make the sacrifice to be a member of his Kingdom? We have got to know the Heart of our King and we can only come to this knowledge and understanding by reflecting on the cross.

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Reflection for November 23

2019-10-17T14:20:05-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

Sts. Clement, Columban, Miguel Agustin Pro – 

God is challenging us each day as to how we are living our life in the present moment. When we stop growing in our faith, our life with God, we also tend to forget the reason for living. Life becomes a downward spiral. Life becomes one negative after another and we begin to attack everything and everyone around us. This is what happened with the Sadducees.

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Reflection for November 22

2019-10-17T14:18:11-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Cecilia – 

Jesus had become quite suspect in the eyes of the political and religious leaders of his day. They saw him as a threat to both the political and the religious order. Therefore, they conspired to find a way to destroy him. But the Bible says their hands were tied because he was too popular with the people. The citizens of our land have enormous power over their elected officials. We can tie our leaders’ hands when the majority of us raise our voices on any matter.

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Reflection for November 21

2019-10-17T14:16:12-05:00November 21st, 2019|Reflections|

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

So often, we assume that if an opportunity is presented to us, then we will have many other chances to respond to the same opportunity. However, experience eventually teaches most of us what God had tried to get us to see much earlier: Opportunities are offered and then pass by us never to be offered quite the same way again. Let’s live and act with great urgency in the lives of those we love and ask God to help us reach them for Jesus so their lives and their eternities will not be squandered on what is not peace!

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