May 2021

Reflection for May 31

2021-04-27T14:25:58-05:00May 31st, 2021|Reflections|

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

Two women who felt oppressed and isolated suddenly realize their greatness and are free to celebrate their blessing. Mary and Elizabeth become community. They need each other, just to be together and protect each other, support each other, and affirm each other. Elizabeth and Mary stay together for three months. Then each of them is ready to face her truth alone without fear, willing to face whatever God has in store for her.

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Reflection for May 30

2021-04-27T14:21:13-05:00May 30th, 2021|Reflections|

The Most Holy Trinity – 

True love requires three partners. You remember the old saying “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.” The Trinity shows us that three is community, three is love at its best; three is not a crowd. Each one of us becomes fully human only when we are in relationship with God and in relationship with others. In that way our life becomes Trinitarian like that of God. The doctrine of the Blessed Trinity challenges us to adopt an I-and-God-and-neighbor principle. I am a Christian insofar as I live in a relationship of love with God and other people.

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Reflection for May 29

2021-04-27T14:19:28-05:00May 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Jesus faced certain hostile religious leaders of his time. They were not particularly vicious or unprincipled men. They saw him as a dangerous liberal who went about advocating new religious doctrines and moral values. On one occasion they tried to trick him by getting him to explain why he did not follow the popular teachings of John the Baptist. But Jesus saw through their trick question and refused to answer by asking them a trick question in return. We can learn from Jesus even when it comes to how we answer questions.

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Reflection for May 28

2021-04-27T14:17:37-05:00May 28th, 2021|Reflections|

We must exercise the prayer and forgiveness taught in this text lest today we become the new, prideful, failing ‘temple.’ Are we equally barren of fruit, though outwardly appear to be flourishing? In times past God has replaced individuals, nations, and religious institutions. “Let the one who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall.”

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Reflection for May 27

2021-04-27T14:16:41-05:00May 27th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Augustine of Canterbury – 

My friends, the kingdom of God is not some heavenly resort reserved for those who are physically fit, financially solvent, and morally respectable. It is a family of faith that cares for all of God’s children especially those who are down and out and desperate. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, this could be our motto: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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Reflection for May 26

2021-04-27T14:15:18-05:00May 26th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Philip Neri – 

The disciples in today’s story were confused. They could not fully understand all they had seen Jesus do and heard him say. His predictions about his suffering and death were even more perplexing. To hear Jesus speaking about greatness in terms of becoming a slave to all must have only compounded their confusion. Through faith and reflection, we will come to understand the example of Jesus.

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Reflection for May 25

2021-04-27T14:13:41-05:00May 25th, 2021|Reflections|

The call to be holy is just as relevant today as back in the first century. Through baptism, we are graced with the vocation of seeking holiness in all areas of our lives and conforming ourselves to Christ. Achieving this requires steadfastness. The impossible becomes possible when we look at different areas of our lives and ask the question; “Does this bring me closer to the Lord or lead me away from him?”

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Reflection for May 24

2021-04-27T14:12:32-05:00May 24th, 2021|Reflections|

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – 

On this feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, we reflect on our relationship with Mary who has been given to us as our Mother. She was faithful to her Son and her God all the way to the foot of the cross.  As our spiritual mother she also enters our experience and shares our life. Mary is with us in our times as she was with Jesus. Mary, Mother of the Church, intercede for us.

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Reflection for May 23

2021-04-27T14:11:02-05:00May 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

Pentecost Sunday – 

Saint Paul adamantly refused to concentrate on differences. Although gifts and ministries were diverse, the Spirit was the same. “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same spirit.” He therefore urged the Corinthian community to use their talents for the common good and not purely personal good. “To each person the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good.” This could and would make a difference. Let us join in prayer with the Christian community: “Lord, send us your Spirit so that we can renew the face of the earth.”

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Reflection for May 22

2021-04-27T14:09:43-05:00May 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Rita of Cascia – 

Did you ever notice how important blinders are in a horse race?  Unless they wear something to block out the sight of the other horses running alongside them, horses would constantly be distracted. The trick is to keep their eyes on the track and on what is in front of them, not on their competitors. Our business is to follow the Lord. Maybe a set of blinders for every one of us would come in handy. We might trip and fall flat on our face if we are focused on everyone else and not watching our own way.

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