September 2020

Reflection for September 20

2020-08-31T17:29:38-05:00September 20th, 2020|Reflections|

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

lf you want to be miserable keep looking around to see if others are getting more out of life than you are. The main complaint in today’s story is that the owner was not fair. And they are right, the owner is not fair and neither is God. God is not fair. God is generous. He will not give less than he promised. No one will be cheated by God because he always gives more than he promises.

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Reflection for September 19

2020-08-31T17:24:44-05:00September 19th, 2020|Reflections|

The word is not only the gospel we hear preached it includes all those divine inspirations which come to us in the course of the day. Jesus speaks to us and asks us to help someone, to phone someone who is ill; to visit someone or volunteer. How many times we think of helping the poor but maybe later. Our lives at times are filled with good intentions but how frequently do these come to fruition. Are these intentions being choked out because of selfishness?

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Reflection for September 18

2020-08-31T17:23:50-05:00September 18th, 2020|Reflections|

It is an amazing thing to find Mary Magdalene with the dark past, and Joanna, the lady of the Court, in the same company. It is one of the supreme achievements of Jesus that He can enable the most diverse people to live together without in the least losing their own personalities or qualities. There is nothing which the Church needs more than to learn how to harness the diverse temperaments and qualities of different people. If we are failing it is our own fault for, in Christ, it can be done. It has been done!

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Reflection for September 17

2020-08-31T17:23:08-05:00September 17th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Robert Bellarmine – 

Notice in the gospels that Jesus is never upset with sinners; he’s only upset with people who don’t think they are sinners. My friends let us be humble in admitting our sinfulness while always being aware of God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. As Jesus said: “I have not come to call the self-righteous, but sinners.” And remember God loves us not because we are good. God loves us because God is good.

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Reflection for September 16

2020-08-31T17:21:55-05:00September 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian – 

Are we maturing spiritually? Jesus is encouraging us to face reality, the reality of our relationship with Him. Has our faith grown as we have grown? What does it mean to be a Catholic, to be Christian? Have we decided what this should look like in our life? Are we willing to make necessary changes?

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Reflection for September 15

2020-08-31T17:20:49-05:00September 15th, 2020|Reflections|

Our Lady of Sorrows – 

On this feast of our Mother of Sorrows we reflect on our relationship with Mary who has been given to us as our Mother. She was faithful to her Son and her God all the way to the foot of the cross. As our spiritual mother, she also enters our experience and shares our pains and sorrows. She is our mother and our role model. Mary, our Mother of Sorrows, intercede for us.

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Reflection for September 14

2020-08-31T17:17:43-05:00September 14th, 2020|Reflections|

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – 

What does the cross mean to us and how readily do we accept all that it represents? We know what the mention of a cross did to Peter. It frightened him so much that he tried to talk Jesus out of it. When we look upon that cross what does it say to us? It speaks to me of unselfishness, it speaks of love, it speaks of concern for others, and it speaks of a suffering servant.

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Reflection for September 13

2020-08-31T17:06:31-05:00September 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

“They will know we are Christians by our love.” We know what it is like to be set free from our sins because we have been so generously forgiven in the Sacrament of Reconciliation many times over. And God gives us the ability to grant the same to others. It is not easy letting go of the past, but it gives us the opportunity to move joyfully into the future. That which sets us apart is that we have the capacity to forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us.

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Reflection for September 12

2020-08-31T17:02:34-05:00September 12th, 2020|Reflections|

We cannot tell whether prophets are God’s prophets merely by looking at the clothes they wear. Prophets sent by God and false prophets both wear the same vestments. Only by determining whether the message of a prophet is true can false prophets be uncovered, and God’s prophets be discerned. Twice Jesus says, “By their fruits you will know them.” He does not indicate where you will find them. Of course, this may mean that good trees and good fruit are found in surprising places.

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Reflection for September 11

2020-08-31T16:45:50-05:00September 11th, 2020|Reflections|

We all have been entrusted with stewardship of the life God has given us. In order for us to walk the path and enjoy the reign of God we must adopt a very certain sense of humility. Jesus warns us not to be hypocrites, but to remove the wooden beam from our own life first.

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