March 2021

Reflection for March 21

2021-03-02T15:39:20-06:00March 21st, 2021|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 

Jesus wanted to change people’s lives and the only way he could do it was to die to himself, to die on the cross, to set an example of self-less giving. That made all the difference in the world. When he died to himself, he became our Savior. Now as Christians how do we continue to be that living presence in our world? It will be the transformation of our own lives that will keep the spirit of Jesus alive today. For it is in giving that we receive. We need to be images of Jesus for one another.

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Reflection for March 20

2021-03-02T15:37:30-06:00March 20th, 2021|Reflections|

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent – 

How many times we pass judgment on someone based on stories. We are quick to judge someone who always comes late for Mass or who does not come to Mass as often as we think they should.  How many rumors and misinformation can ruin a person’s reputation and how often are we party to such things. Do we have all the facts; do we base a decision on what we know or on what we have heard?

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Reflection for March 19

2021-03-02T15:35:30-06:00March 19th, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Joseph – 

St. Joseph never once asks, “What’s in this for me?” Joseph is noted for his immediate ‘yes-response’ to the task at hand. He lovingly takes Mary into his home at the call of the angel and he provides a loving home no matter what the consequences are for him. Instead of manipulating, he complies and accepts the Lord’s challenge in his life. Joseph points the way today. When all of our dreaming is over, let’s get up and discern loving strategies for dealing with the life we have and not the life we’d like to convince God to give us.

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Reflection for March 18

2021-03-02T15:34:07-06:00March 18th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Cyril of Jerusalem – 

It is easy for you and me to look with scorn on those Jewish authorities because of their blindness to who Jesus was. However, aren’t we sometimes guilty of limiting the meaning of Jesus to our own presupposed definitions? We fail to see Jesus as he is revealed to us in his on-going work among us, in the testimony of other Christians, and in reading the Scriptures. Let us not miss the obvious, for God is with us and in us now.

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Reflection for March 17

2021-03-02T15:32:00-06:00March 17th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Patrick – 

Precisely what does God share with us of his own life? God shares with us an energy that allows us to grow and to reproduce our kind. He shares with us a mind that allows us to think and discover the truth about our world. He shares with us a heart that enables us to love and to be loved. He shares with us a conscience that discerns right from wrong. How manifold and many-splendored is the life God shares with us!

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Reflection for March 16

2021-03-02T15:30:08-06:00March 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent – 

The power of God never dispenses with our efforts. No one can sit back and relax and expect a miracle. Nothing is truer than that we must realize our own helplessness; but in a very real sense it is true that a miracle happens when our will and God’s power co-operate to make it possible. In effect Jesus was commanding the man to attempt the impossible. “Get up!” …said Jesus. Let us place our trust in God.

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Reflection for March 15

2021-03-02T15:28:25-06:00March 15th, 2021|Reflections|

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent – 

Anxieties and sorrows have the capacity to remind us of our need for God and to start us on a spiritual journey. The result of such a quest brings us closer to our God. As we go through our suffering let us try to remember this: suffering does have its good side. It is often in the dark valley that we realize the Good Shepherd at our side loving and guiding us.

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Reflection for March 14

2021-03-02T15:26:36-06:00March 14th, 2021|Reflections|

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 

The primary direction of true love is outward, not inward. “Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” When someone genuinely loves you, they give you not just themselves, but for some reason they give you back your own self, a truer and better self.  Do you not feel good about yourself when someone loves you? What about God’s love for us?

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Reflection for March 13

2021-03-02T15:24:43-06:00March 13th, 2021|Reflections|

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent – 

We need to discover humility and humility is liberating. It enables us to stop thinking about what we have done and what we deserve and focus instead on what God has done and how much God deserves. Humility may begin with beating one’s breast and looking at the ground. But mature humility looks exuberantly up to heaven. Not with the arrogance of the Pharisee, mind you, but with joyful thanksgiving of those who are thrilled to know that they are loved.

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Reflection for March 12

2021-03-02T15:22:17-06:00March 12th, 2021|Reflections|

Friday of the Third Week of Lent – 

Jesus declares that the Scribe in this gospel is not far from the kingdom of God. But notice the formula for salvation: Love God, love one’s neighbor, and love oneself. But we need to step back from ourselves, our selfishness, our self-centeredness and start considering the needs of others. This is a worthwhile challenge for the season of Lent.

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