September 2020

Reflection for September 30

2020-09-30T22:34:41-05:00September 30th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Jerome – 

Jesus can be harsh and uncompromising when he needs to be. No doubt all of us could prove it by a few of the demands he’s made on us over the years. We see in this gospel a test of faith, the demands of the Gospel without compromise.  If we say yes, we must mean yes.

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Reflection for September 29

2020-09-30T22:33:58-05:00September 29th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – 

When we reach the heavenly city where we can see clearly, we may perceive that our lives were touched by an angel who gently or perhaps firmly nudged us in the right direction. Until then, we can thank the angels in general for their efforts and praise God for these mysterious and wonderful creatures God has placed in our lives.

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Reflection for September 28

2020-08-31T17:36:59-05:00September 28th, 2020|Reflections|

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 noticeably clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first must begin by being last and the servant of all; to become like the powerlessness of a child who trusts.

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Reflection for September 27

2020-08-31T17:36:12-05:00September 27th, 2020|Reflections|

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

You and I have choices to make in this world. We are not saved by belonging, but by becoming, by transforming our lives.  It really matters that we are in the process of becoming Christian each day, willing to transform our heart and become loyal followers of Jesus Christ. We often confuse ‘churchianity with Christianity.’ There is a big difference!

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Reflection for September 26

2020-08-31T17:35:11-05:00September 26th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Cosmas and Damian – 

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 25

2020-08-31T17:34:08-05:00September 25th, 2020|Reflections|

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 24

2020-08-31T17:33:33-05:00September 24th, 2020|Reflections|

Herod kept trying to see Jesus. Finally, he does see him at the trial leading to the cross. In faith, we believe that we see Jesus. But where? In miracles that reveal the wonder of God’s kingdom, certainly. But how frequently we see him in the breaking of the bread, in every act of kindness.

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Reflection for September 23

2020-08-31T17:32:27-05:00September 23rd, 2020|Reflections|

St. Pius of Pietrelcina – 

Every day of our lives God has sent us on a journey 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.

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Reflection for September 22

2020-08-31T17:31:32-05:00September 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

G.K. Chesterton said: “It’s not that the Gospel has been tried and found wanting, rather it has been found difficult and not tried.” To be in right relationship means to proclaim the Word not only with our lips but by our actions. 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 21

2020-08-31T17:30:40-05:00September 21st, 2020|Reflections|

St. Matthew – 

One of the distinctive attributes of Jesus was his inclusiveness of everyone. Nowhere better seen than in those he called to follow him: tax collectors and sinners, fisherman and scholars, radicals and patriots. No other movement of his time, whether Jewish or Gentile, could be found with such a mix. In a world where social standing and class were everything, Jesus broke all the rules and welcomed all into the loving circle of the family of God. Today, we call this the church. May it truly be such!

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