January 2020

Reflection for January 21

2019-12-12T15:03:08-06:00January 21st, 2020|Reflections|

St. Agnes – 

If the performance of our religion keeps us from helping someone in need, then our religion is not religion at all. It might be good for all of us to examine our conscience. There are some who are sticklers and protectors of all rules and regulations to the point of snuffing out life and creativity in others. We are all answerable for the times we put law, rule, and regulation over people. Be careful not to be too critical of the Pharisees.

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Reflection for January 20

2019-12-12T15:01:18-06:00January 20th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Fabian and Sebastian – 

It isn’t easy to keep your balance amidst change. There is a tendency to go to extremes, to overreact. Some go too far left, some go too far right assuming that they each have all the truth and all the answers in their foxholes. An idea is not necessarily true just because it is new but neither is it true because it is old. Jesus certainly did not disdain the past but he did refuse to be bound by traditions. His wholehearted commitment was to the truth.

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Reflection for January 19

2019-12-12T15:00:00-06:00January 19th, 2020|Reflections|

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

In the birth of His Son, God reveals to humanity the possibilities of creating his kingdom of compassion, justice and reconciliation. As we struggle to create God’s kingdom in our homes and communities, may the light of God’s grace dispel our fears and skepticism that prevent us from realizing the possibilities of transforming this time and place of ours into God’s spirit of justice, love and caring.

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Reflection for January 18

2019-12-12T14:58:32-06:00January 18th, 2020|Reflections|

When Jesus called Matthew, he got up and left with Jesus. Matthew looked into the loving eyes of Jesus and became his friend. Maybe it is time for us to stop judging others and like Jesus sit down with them for eye-to-eye contact and see the goodness in everyone. This will give us the opportunity to pass on Jesus’ torch of friendship and love. With this kind of contact, healing goes on and on.

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Reflection for January 17

2019-12-12T14:57:25-06:00January 17th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Anthony – 

I appreciate this gospel because it reminds us of the power of prayer especially our prayer for others. When we say we are going to pray for someone be sure that we do pray for him or her.  Maybe at times, the words can so easily slide off our lips when we comment, I will keep you in my prayers. Let us be sure that we do follow through in our promise .

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Reflection for January 16

2019-12-12T14:55:13-06:00January 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Jesus never expected God to shelter him from trouble. From the beginning of his ministry he recognized that his commitment to God the Father would lead to suffering.  And still he remained committed.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed: Father let this cup pass me by, but what saved the world was the second half of that statement, yet not my will but yours be done. The activity of God is everywhere and always present, but it is visible only through the eyes of faith. For every moment of our lives reveals God to us.

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Reflection for January 15

2019-12-12T14:53:46-06:00January 15th, 2020|Reflections|

We all need quiet space each day, a time of prayer and reflection which keeps life in perspective. It might be a few moments to read the Scriptures, to pray a decade of the rosary, to read the lives of the saints, or just to be quiet in the peace of God. Let us never forget that as followers of Jesus we have the same source of power as Jesus and that is our life of prayer. And always remember every moment reveals God to us.

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Reflection for January 14

2019-12-12T14:52:53-06:00January 14th, 2020|Reflections|

You and I are called to embody Jesus in our ministry. That is why we are called the Body of Christ. We are called to do what Jesus did, to welcome all people especially those rejected by tradition and to make them part of the People of God.

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Reflection for January 13

2019-12-12T14:52:01-06:00January 13th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Hilary – 

The Kingdom of God, Jesus says, is in our hands. Every generosity we extend, every hurt we forgive and are forgiven for, every stand we take for what is just and right brings God’s kingdom of peace and love to fulfillment in our lives and world. It is up to you and I to bring about this kingdom in this present moment of our lives.

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Reflection for January 12

2019-12-12T14:50:39-06:00January 12th, 2020|Reflections|

The Baptism of the Lord – 

You and I cannot change the world but we can change ourselves and by simple acts of kindness we can live the kind of life that is pleasing to God. If someone can say of us when we die that he/she went about doing good, what a wonderful compliment that would be, another baptism becoming visible.

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