March 2021

Reflection for March 31

2021-03-02T15:57:52-06:00March 31st, 2021|Reflections|

Wednesday of Holy Week – 

For thirty pieces of silver, a man sold out his Lord, himself, and his friends. We do not know how much money that was in those days, and it really doesn’t matter. Whatever the price, Judas made a bad bargain. Let us learn from his mistake and avoid, in our lives, the tragedy of betrayal.

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Reflection for March 30

2021-03-02T15:56:24-06:00March 30th, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday of Holy Week – 

What is Jesus’ greatest concern for you and me? Apparently, it is not that we will focus all our energies and attention on him. At this difficult time, Jesus gave his disciples “a new commandment.” It makes clear that his concern was that the disciples’ relationship to him would deepen their relationship to each other. As Jesus has loved them, they are to love each other. Love is the binding force that will hold the disciples together after Jesus is gone. Their hearts have grown large enough to take in more. The new commandment is “that you love one another as I have loved you.”

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Reflection for March 29

2021-03-02T15:54:23-06:00March 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Monday of Holy Week – 

In today’s gospel Jesus teaches us how to receive, a lesson that is perhaps more difficult to learn than to give, and it is not an isolated example. In this most Holy Week we see the ‘passivity’ of Jesus. Mary anoints his feet. Jesus is led out of the garden and to his trial “Like a lamb he is led to the slaughter.” He is scourged and crowned, he is nailed to a cross. Christian tradition gives us the example of Veronica wiping his face. It is the passivity of Jesus.

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Reflection for March 28

2021-03-02T15:52:24-06:00March 28th, 2021|Reflections|

Palm Sunday, The Passion of the Lord – 

Jesus was honored as he approached the eastern gate of the city riding on a donkey, and on Friday he was executed outside the western gate. He did not turn out to be the kind of Messiah they were expecting. How can we understand this week of irony, this week of agony? This is the week when the best of God and the worst of humanity collided. Our involvement in Christ’s passion may not be as intense as the people we read about in today’s passion. But it is a great opportunity for us to reexamine our lives and our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Reflection for March 27

2021-03-02T15:50:35-06:00March 27th, 2021|Reflections|

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent – 

We are all aware that it’s wrong to deceive other people; but I wonder if we have considered that it’s equally wrong to deceive ourselves. Most of the Jewish leaders had already decided that Jesus was a dangerous man and had to be gotten rid of. They called a meeting to make it official and to convince themselves that his death was not only necessary but would actually be a good thing.  How easy it is when emotions become involved, to convince ourselves that wrong is somehow right, purely and simply because we want to do it.

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Reflection for March 26

2021-03-02T15:48:42-06:00March 26th, 2021|Reflections|

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent – 

It has never been easy to believe in Jesus. It isn’t now and it wasn’t then. It’s very easy to talk about him, to pay lip service to our faith. But to really believe in him, who he is and what he stands for has never been easy. Our faith does not come to us full-grown. Faith will grow until Jesus becomes more and more a part of us. It is a life-long process. We need to be patient and we need to believe. In the beginning Christianity was not a creed to be accepted. It was a way of life to be lived. And it still is.

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Reflection for March 25

2021-03-02T15:47:24-06:00March 25th, 2021|Reflections|

The Annunciation of the Lord – 

In Nazareth, God risked rejection, placing the future of creation in the response of a simple, pure-hearted young woman. Here, today, God looks into our hearts too, and quietly asks us if we are prepared to be bearers of the Good News of Jesus to the people among us and in the way we live. Can we take the risk of saying yes to God, and bring the life of Christ into all that we do?

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Reflection for March 24

2021-03-02T15:45:46-06:00March 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent – 

Discipleship begins with belief. The beginning of discipleship is the moment when a person accepts what Jesus says as true, accepts all that Jesus says about the love of God, accepts all that Jesus says about the terror of sin, accepts all that Jesus says about the real meaning of life, then on that day the person begins to be a disciple of Jesus. Let us thank God for our call to be his disciples.

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Reflection for March 23

2021-03-02T15:43:59-06:00March 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent – 

We long for the good old days even though we know they were not that good. There is some perverse compass within us that inclines us to go back to what we know rather than forward to what we can imagine. In fact, it seems that where we are is never as good as where we have been or where we are going. We can always find something wrong with what is and somehow blame God for it. It is time to dream and experience newness in our lives.

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Reflection for March 22

2021-03-02T15:42:04-06:00March 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent – 

Today Jesus holds up a mirror and he asks us to take a look. The person we see in the mirror is the one who is responsible for the life God has given us. We are responsible for our actions. We can no longer be blamers. When the Scribes and Pharisees arrived on the scene, they were concentrating on the sins of the adulterous woman. But when they left they were now in touch with their own sins.

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