January 2021

Reflection for January 31

2020-12-28T17:57:35-06:00January 31st, 2021|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

As the body can become infected with harmful bacteria, so the mind and spirit can be corrupted by the littleness and ugliness that sometimes stir in our heart. Jesus Christ is the answer to addressing the dark side of human nature. He can change the direction of our lives but he counts on our accepting his help and guidance.

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Reflection for January 30

2020-12-28T17:56:13-06:00January 30th, 2021|Reflections|

Today God calms a storm, but I think God is more concerned with calming the storms within us where the demons really exist. Our first reaction to a crisis is to want God to change our external circumstances, but God seems to focus more on calming our inner seas. Isn’t it true that how we experience the world about us is largely determined by the condition of our souls? Change occurs not by rearranging the objective world but the transformation of our hearts.

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Reflection for January 29

2020-12-28T17:55:08-06:00January 29th, 2021|Reflections|

May we dare to always hope, O Lord, in our ability to plant seeds of compassion and reconciliation even in the coldest winters and in the rockiest, harshest soil. Let our smallest, most hidden kindnesses and acts of charity result in your harvest of justice and peace, the bounty of your banquet table in heaven.

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Reflection for January 28

2020-12-28T17:53:59-06:00January 28th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Thomas Aquinas – 

We carry within us the light of Christ yet at times we deprive others of that light. The light of Christ can shine through our pleasant smile, through a kind gesture, a pat on the back and a kind word. Let the light of Christ shine through our going out of our way to help someone or to anticipate the needs of others or anything that would brighten the light in others?

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Reflection for January 27

2020-12-28T17:52:31-06:00January 27th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Angela Merici – 

May we possess the faith of the Gospel sower. May we plant seeds of generosity, reconciliation, and justice regardless of the limits of the “soil” with which we work. May we continue to sow and nurture out of a spirit of gratitude and compassion trusting that God will bring all things to completion in God’s good time.

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Reflection for January 26

2020-12-28T17:50:39-06:00January 26th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Timothy and Titus – 

True kinship is not just a matter of flesh and blood. It lies in a common experience as being forgiven sinners; it lies in common interest as in the desire to know more about Jesus; it lies in a common obedience. True kinship lies in a common goal to come to a deeper understanding and love of Jesus.

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Reflection for January 25

2020-12-28T17:48:54-06:00January 25th, 2021|Reflections|

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle – 

We give thanks that even in our faithlessness Christ is at work in us to make us faithful. We pray today for those who are persecuting the Church in many areas of the world. We pray that all of us will strive to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and never be discouraged in proclaiming the Gospel.

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Reflection for January 24

2020-12-28T17:47:21-06:00January 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Faith is a family matter. Faith builds family-type relationships. In these days rugged individualism is highly prized and individual freedom is everywhere pursued. But faith is cultivated and strengthened in the context of a family. It is no accident that Christians quickly came to be brothers and sisters, and the church was recognized as a spiritual family.

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Reflection for January 23

2020-12-28T17:46:09-06:00January 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Vincent and St. Marianne Cope – 

In the scriptures Jesus is always telling us to be at peace. And that peace comes from a strong faith in God. In his moments of trial Jesus always seemed to be strong and that was because of the time he spent with his Father in prayer. Jesus prayed before his storms, before his decisions, before his sufferings, in other words he was always prepared.

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Reflection for January 22

2020-12-28T17:43:50-06:00January 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

The work of proclaiming the gospel is not reserved for an elite few, for the deep thinkers or for the skilled activists. We are all called by Christ to drive out every evil force from our poor, afflicted world. All are called to heal the wounds inflicted by careless society; all are called to point the way to the One Who is “the way, the truth, and the life.”

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