December 2020

Reflection for December 31

2020-12-28T17:07:37-06:00December 31st, 2020|Reflections|

St. Sylvester I – 

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” Christmas tells us that God has turned a light on and left it on. And nothing can ever put it out. However dark the world becomes because of our sins and our inhumanity to one another; the light will always be there. Christmas is a night-light for the world.

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Reflection for December 30

2020-12-28T16:58:08-06:00December 30th, 2020|Reflections|

Today’s gospel concludes the story of Jesus’ presentation in the temple. There we meet Anna, a widow who spent her life in the temple, worshiping night and day. We do not have that opportunity but we can center on the presence of God within us at every moment of our day and in this centering it will be Jesus praying through us and helping us see his work being fulfilled in us and through us.

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Reflection for December 29

2020-12-28T16:57:20-06:00December 29th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Thomas Becket – 

As we come to the end of one year and prepare for the new, 2020 looks and feels like Simeon in his old age. And we can entrust the past to God so that something new can begin for us all. The peace that radiates through this gospel is God’s own light and life. The child that Simeon holds is the God who holds all our lives in his hand. This God, now born for us, is our peace, too.

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Reflection for December 28

2020-12-28T00:10:12-06:00December 28th, 2020|Reflections|

Feast of the Holy Innocents – 

We celebrate with a Gloria the feast of the Holy Innocents, and we have to ask why. The answer is not just “because they’re in heaven with Jesus.” We are celebrating something more profound. We are celebrating the fact that these baby boys in an especially important way experienced the fullness and purpose of human life, which is to die for Jesus who had come to die for them and for us.

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Reflection for December 27

2020-12-27T11:17:32-06:00December 27th, 2020|Reflections|

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – 

The gift of our families (communities/friends) is the greatest treasure of our lives.  Sadly, we often take that love for granted, misplace it in lives, discover its meaning late in life or sadly never to discover it at all. The Feast of the Holy Family should remind that life is fragile and that love and, most especially, the love of our families, communities and friends which is rooted in God and in faith, is the only thing that is important.

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Reflection for December 26

2020-12-23T23:19:11-06:00December 26th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Stephen – 

A person who wants of be a disciple must first of all decide whether he or she can stand up under the crosses that will have to be carried along the way. The lives of the apostles were filled with uncertainty and persecution. The same is true for Christians in every age. Being faithful to Christ and all he stands for does not make us popular.

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Reflection for December 25

2020-12-23T23:18:08-06:00December 25th, 2020|Reflections|

The Nativity of the Lord – 

Light looked down and saw the darkness. “I will go there,” said light. Peace looked down and saw war. “I will go there,” said peace. Love looked down and saw hatred. “I will go there,” said love. So he, the Lord of Light, the Prince of Peace, the King of Love, came down and crept in beside us. Merry Christmas from all of us at Guest House!

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Reflection for December 24

2020-12-23T23:16:33-06:00December 24th, 2020|Reflections|

Mass at Midnight – 

Having room for Jesus is not an easy matter. It always requires some rearranging. We never just have the room. We must make room. The old Innkeeper could tell us about that: the knock at the door, the inevitable choice, make room or give him whatever you have left over. What will it be? Invite him in or crowd him out.

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Reflection for December 22

2020-12-22T00:06:16-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

Let us continue our journey through life, that like Mary our lives will proclaim the greatness of God. May our lives reflect God’s love and care for all the sons and daughters on earth. Let us take time for people. May we be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others as Mary and Elizabeth were toward each other. With the help of Mary may we all proclaim the greatness of our God.

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Reflection for December 13

2020-12-13T06:56:22-06:00December 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Advent – 

According to John the Baptist every person was and is held responsible for his/her own life and how we influence the world around us. All we need to do is improve our life and the world in turn would improve. Advent is all about reminding us to take responsibility for our own personal life and about growing up spiritually and preparing for Christ’s coming into our life with each new day by striving to be holy.

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