July 2020

Reflection for July 21

2020-07-21T02:51:36-05:00July 21st, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi – 

In this passage Jesus redefines family as being based on doing the will of his Father in heaven. Can we comprehend all that this entails? Do we realize what it means to be able to share with Jesus in calling God our Father? This definition of family not only makes us brothers and sisters of Jesus but brothers and sisters to one another.

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Reflection for July 20

2020-07-20T02:43:44-05:00July 20th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Apollinaris – 

God reveals his love for us in every act of kindness and in every offering of forgiveness. God is in our midst not in displays of miraculous wonder or supernatural power but in humble gratitude and selfless service as is reflected in Jesus in the Gospel. Such signs of God’s mercy and love are all around us and sometimes we ourselves are the very signs we seek.

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Reflection for July 19

2020-07-18T16:16:58-05:00July 19th, 2020|Reflections|

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

When it comes to the weeds and the wheat, we humans have an almost irresistible tendency to categorize, to separate, and to judge the worthiness of others. There are those who know exactly who the weeds are dividing them according to sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic status. Be careful, it is still the growing season and what seems to be a weed might turn out as the finest grain of wheat and what seems to be wheat might really be a weed.

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Reflection for July 18

2020-07-18T16:15:49-05:00July 18th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Camillus De Lellis – 

Many people are like bruised reeds. They have been bumped around by society. They have been hurt by family. They have been betrayed by friends. They have been battered physically or emotionally. They are hurting. And Jesus like his Father takes care of these wounded ones. He is tender, he is merciful. He wants to heal and to save the hurting person. He will not snuff out that person or treat them with indifference. “A bruised reed he will not crush.”

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Reflection for July 17

2020-07-16T14:19:40-05:00July 17th, 2020|Reflections|

Jesus and his disciples see life differently. The Pharisees staked their identity on the observance of the Sabbath. Jesus offers a new source of identity. Jesus explains that our identity comes not from the observance of traditional practices like the Sabbath but from our acceptance of him and his gospel. It is this new identity that led the Christians to be less scrupulous about the observance of the Sabbath than were the Pharisees. While careful observance of the Sabbath is commendable, it is not what makes a Christian acceptable before God.

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Reflection for July 16

2020-07-16T01:41:33-05:00July 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 

How does Jesus give rest to the weary and joy to the oppressed? He offers a change of yokes. For the burden of legalistic religion, he offers a faith of freedom and love. For the yoke of selfish pride, he offers the liberating confidence of humility and trust. For the burden of sin, he offers the joy of forgiveness.

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Reflection for July 15

2020-07-15T01:15:37-05:00July 15th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Bonaventure – 

When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the ‘childlike,’ he is not saying that our approach to faith should be simplified to the level of children. He is calling us instead to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God, love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly, without limit or condition.

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Reflection for July 14

2020-07-14T00:12:14-05:00July 14th, 2020|Reflections|

If our life of faith has no sense of joy, if it’s mostly a burden then maybe we need to examine our understanding of God. This was the problem of the people in today’s gospel. In their own way, they were deeply religious. Their criticism of Jesus was based upon a misconception of God. Jesus believed and taught that God was a wise and loving Father who wanted his children to experience life at its best. It was a revolutionary concept of God.  No one had ever dared believe this before and I often wonder if we even believe it today.

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Reflection for July 13

2020-07-13T00:46:45-05:00July 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Henry – 

Becoming a follower of Jesus requires an unconditional commitment. The kind of commitment that Jesus requires of his followers goes beyond all other loves  even our love for our families and ourselves. Putting Jesus first means making every relationship an expression of that commitment. Following Jesus first means giving him our highest loyalty and our deepest love.

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Reflection for July 12

2020-07-12T02:33:04-05:00July 12th, 2020|Reflections|

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

How we respond to the Word of God is the key to how fruitful the gospel is going to be in our lives and obviously in our world. Unlike the situation in nature, we can, as it were, change the kind of soil that we are. God allows the seed to land on the hard paths, on the rocky ground and in the thickets of our lives in the hope that in those places it will find a space to mature and bear fruit, and that those things that impede growth will be removed.

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