June 2021

Reflection for June 30

2021-05-24T14:30:34-05:00June 30th, 2021|Reflections|

The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church – 

Do we become satisfied with the status quo? Are we satisfied the way we are at this moment in our relationship with God? Is there room for improvement? When God initiates a change for the better in our life, do we resist because we know what we have but are afraid of the unknown even though it might be better for us. I wonder how often we have begged God not to disturb our lifestyle, our conscience.  We pray, Lord I want to be better, but not yet.

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Reflection for June 29

2021-05-24T14:28:45-05:00June 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Peter and Paul – 

It was a friend who said to Simon, “You are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my Church.” Because of our faults and sins, it can be a challenge at times to believe in ourselves, but we have that same friend reminding us of how special we are as Jesus did to Peter. Simon found it hard to believe that Jesus saw this possibility in him. And Jesus is doing the same in us, but we need to be attentive to what Jesus is asking of us at every minute of every day.

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Reflection for June 28

2021-05-24T14:27:04-05:00June 28th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Irenaeus – 

Today’s gospel stresses that Jesus’ authority demands total commitment on the part of a disciple. Recall the story of the pig and the chicken out for breakfast: they ordered ham and eggs. For the chicken it was a token contribution but for the pig it was a total commitment. Token contributions are not enough if we profess to be followers of Jesus!

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Reflection for June 27

2021-05-24T14:25:28-05:00June 27th, 2021|Reflections|

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

What is God saying to you through the present circumstances in your life? Remember it is our faith that helps us to face the ultimate issues. But faith requires dependency. Today let us pray for greater dependence on God, which leads to a deeper understanding of faith, faith that enables us to know God’s love. It is faith that drives out our fears for fear is an obstacle to faith, hope and love.

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Reflection for June 26

2021-05-24T14:23:58-05:00June 26th, 2021|Reflections|

This gospel passage reminds us that we who are in good health have a Christian obligation to those who are less fortunate. It might be visits to the sick, it might be a phone call, a text, and email. Whatever we can do for others will reflect a special presence of Jesus in the lives we touch with love.

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Reflection for June 25

2021-05-24T14:22:33-05:00June 25th, 2021|Reflections|

What God asks of us is that we use this life to be vehicles of his love in our midst, to be living messages of His love for the world, in other words, bring life and love to others as Jesus did for the leper. He is saying to us go show yourself to others so that they can see ME present in you. Preach my Gospel, Jesus tells us, through your love, your joy, your integrity.

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Reflection for June 24

2021-05-24T14:21:26-05:00June 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Nativity of St. John the Baptist – 

We might not be as unusual as John, living in a desert and eating locusts and wild honey, or clad in camel’s skin. But John was simply being himself and we are reminded today to be ourselves in being heralds of the great King. Simply by being who we are, we let Christ’s presence in us shine out to others. We need to be creative in using the gifts and talents God has given us as heralds of the great king.

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Reflection for June 23

2021-05-24T14:19:28-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

In the Gospel of Mark there is a story about a man who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name although he is not part of the chosen twelve disciples. When the disciples complain about him, Jesus responds and says that whoever is not against us is for us. Here is a tree bearing good fruit, a true prophet, though he is not part of the twelve. Good trees and good fruit can be found in surprising places.

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Reflection for June 22

2021-05-24T14:17:50-05:00June 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

Saints John Fisher and Thomas More – 

In every action of life, we are confronted with a choice. It is a choice between the hard way and the easy way. And there is never an easy way to greatness. In this world, we are constantly faced with the short way of doing things which promises immediate results. It is the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless.

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Reflection for June 21

2021-05-24T14:16:27-05:00June 21st, 2021|Reflections|

St. Aloysius Gonzaga – 

As Jesus exhorts us to avoid judging others, he shows us just how misguided such judgments are. “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” It is his way of saying we will not be much help removing someone’s splinter if we have a two-by-four blocking our vision. Our Lord calls for dramatic and sweeping examination, not of other people, but of ourselves.

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