March 2021

Reflection for March 11

2021-03-02T15:20:32-06:00March 11th, 2021|Reflections|

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent – 

The enemies of Jesus were desperate to find some way of discrediting him in the eyes of the common folk. They saw him as a threat to their power and position. A clear implication of Jesus’ argument against his enemies was that good can overpower evil. Do we really believe that the evils of our society could be eliminated if enough good men and women set out to change things for the better? We settle too quickly and too easily for the imperfections that mar our society and our souls.

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Reflection for March 10

2021-03-02T15:18:28-06:00March 10th, 2021|Reflections|

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent – 

Jesus was not a legalist. He healed people on the Sabbath, which the Pharisees said was breaking the law. But neither was he in fact a lawbreaker. Rather, he fulfilled in himself everything that God’s people had looked forward to for centuries. In Christ, God was giving humanity a fresh start. The old order was completed; the new had begun. That is an enormously satisfying thought. Christ achieved through his life, death, and resurrection what no one else could.

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Reflection for March 9

2021-03-02T15:15:52-06:00March 9th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Frances of Rome – 

Why did Jesus go against the conventional religion of his day and stress the importance of forgiving one another? He saw love as the ultimate bond in divine and human relationships. He taught that we cannot love God and hate our neighbor. Forgiveness is important because it clears the way for reestablishing relationships of love. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Reflection for March 8

2021-03-02T15:13:22-06:00March 8th, 2021|Reflections|

St. John of God – 

We might be appalled to think that Jesus was not accepted by his own people. Are we certain that we do not possess some of these attitudes and ideas that are equally absurd? Imagine having separate water fountains from which to drink based on the color of your skin. Whom do we exclude from our understanding of Christianity? I believe there is no less narrow-mindedness in our present-day society. Some people are still rejected because of their race, religion, color, or sexual orientation, some because they are poor, others because they are ill or old.

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Reflection for March 7

2021-03-02T15:11:35-06:00March 7th, 2021|Reflections|

Third Sunday of Lent – 

What is it about our lifestyle that violates this temple that violates the commandments which were designed to keep this temple holy? What kinds of faults have we learned to tolerate and allowed to become part of our life?  Lent is not about enduring some miserable discipline that we quickly forget after Easter Sunday and then go on with our lives as before. Lent is about “springtime” within us, a new birth in Jesus a thorough cleansing and renewal.

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Reflection for March 6

2021-03-02T15:09:59-06:00March 6th, 2021|Reflections|

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent – 

The Prodigal’s sin is quite obvious, and he gets full press in this story. Yet the other son is also a sinner but maybe not so obvious. We have never heard this story referred to as “the story of the ill-tempered, selfish son.” He could hide his sin a little easier. This son was steady, dependable, industrious and thrifty. He stayed at home, did his work, and obeyed all the rules. But he chose the sin of separating himself from his brother.

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Reflection for March 5

2021-03-01T16:48:32-06:00March 5th, 2021|Reflections|

Friday of the Second Week of Lent – 

We are expected to cultivate and manage this life in such a way that it bears good fruit, fruit that we can present to God the owner of our lives on the day of reckoning. Life itself is a gift and with the gift comes responsibility not only of our own life but the lives of our sisters and brothers. We are ultimately responsible and accountable to God for the way we use or abuse our God-given treasures. What kind of a tenant am I?

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Reflection for March 4

2021-03-01T16:46:50-06:00March 4th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Casimir – 

Informed by God’s word, sustained by our prayer, encouraged by one another and nourished by the Eucharist, let us ask for the grace to not be imprisoned in the bubble of self-centeredness but rather live generous and joyful lives aware of the consequences of selfishness and inaction. Bosom of Abraham or Hades – which will it be!

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Reflection for March 3

2021-03-01T16:45:22-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Katharine Drexel – 

God reminds us to be loving people, but we are too worried about taking care of ourselves. He invites us to forgiveness, but revenge gets in the way. We are challenged to meet the needs of the lowly, but our needs take over. Lent is a great time to root out our hidden agendas and truly listen to God’s voice calling us to wholeness which really is holiness.

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Reflection for March 2

2021-03-01T16:43:45-06:00March 2nd, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent – 

A little boy attended Church with his grandfather one Sunday. Grandpa’s church had beautiful stained-glass windows. The child asked who the people in the windows are. Grandpa told his grandson that the people in the windows are saints. When he got home, the boy told mom and dad all about it. Dad, wanting to be funny and curious about what his son had learned, asked, “What is a saint?” The boy thought for a minute and then replied, “A saint is somebody the light shines through.” Let us continue to become what God intended us to be.

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