May 2020

Reflection for May 21

2020-05-02T11:41:15-05:00May 21st, 2020|Reflections|

Like some splendid gem, Jesus is multi-faceted. He shows different sides of his truth to those who approach him in different ways. Each time we see Jesus again, we learn something that we had not known before.

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Reflection for May 20

2020-05-02T11:40:19-05:00May 20th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Bernardine of Siena – 

When our thinking mind reaches its limit God steps in. Truth is not our discovery; it is God’s gift. The more we respond to Jesus’ invitation to prayer the better we will know him. The more we become like him the more he will reveal himself to us. Jesus is the revelation of God and we must be the revelation of Jesus.

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Reflection for May 19

2020-05-02T11:38:17-05:00May 19th, 2020|Reflections|

The good news is that even when we have strayed far from God, He is always there to welcome us back. With Christ we are forgiven and saved from any further judgment. This too is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who convinces us and makes us certain and sure that in this crucified figure of Christ we too can find our Savior and our Lord. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and convinces us of our Savior.

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Reflection for May 18

2020-05-02T11:37:01-05:00May 18th, 2020|Reflections|

Today we pray that God will help us to respond to injustice and violence with the power of simple charity and respect. When we feel isolated and unsure of the effectiveness of the good we do and believe, may we remember all that Jesus taught and find assurance in his presence in our midst. Never give up on living the Gospel.

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Reflection for May 17

2020-05-02T11:36:04-05:00May 17th, 2020|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday of Easter – 

Of all the things that Jesus could have talked about with his disciples on the night before he died he chose the topic of love. And he said that we should demonstrate that love for him by our love for one another. We can tell the Lord that we love him dearly by our attendance at Mass on Sundays and weekdays, by frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament. But how are we loving him in one another?

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Reflection for May 16

2020-05-02T11:26:12-05:00May 16th, 2020|Reflections|

We will always feel the pain of living the Gospel if we dare to live it fully because the Beatitudes of Jesus do not fit with the attitudes of this world. We are followers of Jesus Christ.  We are called to be witnesses of his life in today’s world. If it is not challenging and painful then we are not doing the job, we are supposed to be doing.

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Reflection for May 15

2020-05-02T11:24:09-05:00May 15th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Isidore – 

On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo has depicted the creation of Adam. In that famous picture we see the finger of God reaching out to touch the finger of Adam and so to bring him to life. The power that is in God is transferred by this touch to the body of the newly created human being and Adam becomes a living person. It is a personal touch that transforms a lifeless thing into a living, breathing human. The personal touch is the dynamic of life.

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Reflection for May 14

2020-05-02T11:22:53-05:00May 14th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Matthias – 

I often think of Jesus being so generous in helping others. His love was patient; his love was definitely not selfish nor resentful. I wonder how many people took time to thank him for healing them. When he fed the thousands, I wonder how many people came back to thank him for the bread and fish. One time he addressed this thanklessness when only one leper came back to say thank you.  And yet their lack of thankfulness never stopped him from loving them and serving them.

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Reflection for May 13

2020-05-02T11:20:13-05:00May 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Our Lady of Fatima – 

The vine does everything for the branches. It is the vine that draws sap from the earth and passes it along to the branches.  Apart from the vine, the branches are empty vessels or conduits withering and lifeless.  Depending on our relationship with the vine will determine how we relate with other branches. Is Jesus the source of life for me? How do I pass on this life to others?

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Reflection for May 12

2020-05-02T11:18:36-05:00May 12th, 2020|Reflections|

Peace is a by-product of faith in God. Trusting in God in all circumstances is the key to peace. Jesus had demonstrated for his disciples what it means to trust in God day by day. They saw Jesus trust in God throughout his suffering and death. The peace of Christ is the firm assurance that nothing will ever separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

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