November 2020

Reflection for November 30

2020-10-27T17:09:18-05:00November 30th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Andrew – 

Andrew was committed to follow Jesus. Andrew was obedient and submitted himself to his master’s guidance. Andrew was loyal. He remained with Jesus through thick and thin. Andrew can be a model of discipleship for everyone. His qualities of greatness are within the reach of each one of us. Who can be a disciple of Christ? Anyone, everyone who truly wishes to follow him.

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Reflection for November 29

2020-10-27T17:07:44-05:00November 29th, 2020|Reflections|

First Sunday of Advent – 

This is a time to fine-tune our spirituality, our life with God. Can our prayer be improved? Can we more generous to those in need? Is there any opportunity for improvement in our relationships? Advent is a time for change. Our faith is firmly rooted in the past, but it looks with expectant eyes to the future. The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem was only the beginning.

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Reflection for November 28

2020-10-27T17:05:23-05:00November 28th, 2020|Reflections|

This time before Advent is intended to remind us of the necessity of being prepared. It is a time for us to get our priorities back in perspective. And a good way to do this is through prayer and reading of the scriptures. Prayer is a major theme in Luke’s gospel. Today Luke introduces words of Jesus about praying constantly. Just as he warned his disciples to watch and pray in Gethsemane, so here we are all told to watch and pray for the coming of the Son of Man.

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Reflection for November 27

2020-10-27T17:04:38-05:00November 27th, 2020|Reflections|

To watch the seasons change from the freshness of spring to the stifling heat of summer to the crispness of fall to the barrenness of winter is to watch God’s handiwork move through its circle of life. More than just weather, this is a window on the inner workings of creation, a glimpse into the mind of the maker and keeper of all time. God controls the opening of the petals as He does the delicate intricacy and ever-changing patterns of snowflakes. God is in control and all is right with the world.

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Reflection for November 26

2020-10-27T17:03:16-05:00November 26th, 2020|Reflections|

Thanksgiving Day – 

Gratitude is an important component in a sound spiritual life as we are aware that we are constantly dependent upon God. Were all ten lepers healed? Yes. Were they all saved? Yes, in the sense that they were rescued from their disease. But not in the sense of drawing close to God in thankfulness and dependence. The nine were saved physically but not spiritually.

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Reflection for November 25

2020-10-27T17:02:09-05:00November 25th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Catherine of Alexandria – 

O God be with us as we struggle to do what is right, to be compassionate and forgiving, to seek what is just. May we respond to your call to discipleship with the assurance of your wisdom and grace, with the conviction that we can create your Kingdom in this time and place of ours.

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Reflection for November 24

2020-10-27T17:00:52-05:00November 24th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions – 

We hold in our hearts the Creator of all, the maker and keeper of all life. We hold in our hearts a God who knows us by name and a Savior who is the same yesterday, today and forever. We hold in our hearts the hope and promise of a better life to come, a life brimming with the presence of God and an eternal state of peace, a life alive in and full of Christ and without destruction and finality.

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Reflection for November 23

2020-10-27T16:59:52-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Reflections|

St. Clement I – 

We pray today that we like Jesus will notice the little people in our lives, the ones who give from their heart each day, the not so brilliant, the not so well-dressed, and the not so influential. We pray that our heart like that of Jesus will hear God’s love calling out to us today.

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Reflection for November 22

2020-10-27T16:58:33-05:00November 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe – 

Our faith as followers of Jesus Christ is not about feelings, it is about doing. Jesus is counting on us to make his kingdom visible to this world; a kingdom of truth and love, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace. How am I making God’s Kingdom present in this world?

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Reflection for November 21

2020-10-27T16:57:07-05:00November 21st, 2020|Reflections|

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

God is challenging us each day as to how we are living our life in the present moment. When we stop growing in our faith, our life with God, we also tend to forget the reason for living and life becomes a downward spiral. Life becomes one negative after another and we begin to attack everything and everyone around us. This is what happened with the Sadducees.

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