July 2021

Reflection for July 21

2021-06-28T14:10:27-05:00July 21st, 2021|Reflections|

St. Lawrence of Brindisi – 

If we are discouraged about our own personal growth, let us remember the true story of a piece of marble that was hewn from one gigantic block, unwanted, and discarded for 38 years after being poorly cut. Then the authorities commissioned a young 26-year-old artist to work on it.  In two years, there was a masterpiece, and that masterpiece is the statue of David. So, it is with each of us. No matter how discarded we may feel at a given moment we are all valuable with a little effort, we can become something beautiful, desirable, and admirable.  Jesus wants us to grow to our full potential and so, let those who have ears to hear, hear.

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Reflection for July 20

2021-06-28T14:09:03-05:00July 20th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Apollinaris – 

In the midst of Jesus addressing the people, some of his family members arrive and ask to speak with him. Jesus takes advantage of this opportunity and makes a very radical and shocking declaration. Gesturing to his disciples he says these are my sisters and brothers, this is my family. He redefines family as being based on doing the will of his Father in heaven. Do we comprehend all that this entails? Do we realize what it fully means to be able to share with Jesus in calling God our Father? That not only makes us brothers and sisters of Jesus but brothers and sisters to one another.

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Reflection for July 19

2021-06-28T13:58:12-05:00July 19th, 2021|Reflections|

God reveals his love for us in every act of kindness, in every offering of forgiveness. God is in our midst not in displays of miraculous wonder or supernatural power, but in humble gratitude and selfless service that imitates the love of Jesus in the Gospel. Such signs of God’s mercy and love are all around us and sometimes we ourselves are the very signs we seek.

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Reflection for July 18

2021-06-28T13:56:46-05:00July 18th, 2021|Reflections|

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

If we look through the eyes of Jesus I am sure we would see unrealized possibilities in everyone. Jesus looked at Nicodemus and saw that he could be transformed into a better person. He looked at a rugged fisherman who denied him but still saw him as leading the Church. He looked at the woman at the well who had five husbands and saw her as a witness of his cause, a disciple. We need to see others through the eyes of Jesus and maybe we will take pity on the crowd.

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Reflection for July 17

2021-06-28T13:55:12-05:00July 17th, 2021|Reflections|

A smoldering wick he will not quench.  Jesus came to fan us into full flame, no matter how weak that smoldering fire might seem.  In fact, Jesus seemed to gravitate toward those whose light of goodness was barely a dying ember. He made special note of Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalen, the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, those who were possessed.

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Reflection for July 16

2021-06-28T13:52:16-05:00July 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 

We make the Sabbath holy by doing good on that day. Both worship and work honor the Sabbath, as long as the focus is on God and the neighbor. Worship is not the exclusive point of the Sabbath. Jesus insisted that we must shoulder our moral responsibilities by giving ourselves to a suffering and needy world. And this is worship, too.

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Reflection for July 15

2021-06-28T13:48:37-05:00July 15th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Bonaventure – 

The rest that Jesus promises the weary is not the rest of idleness. Rather, Jesus offers the deep calm that comes from a new perspective and a fresh involvement in life. When we take up the yoke of Jesus, we find the center of our lives shifting from ourselves to others. Our concerns are now focused on others rather than ourselves. This is the secret to overcoming weariness and oppression.

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Reflection for July 14

2021-06-28T13:46:37-05:00July 14th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Kateri Tekakwitha – 

When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the “childlike,” he is not saying that our approach to faith should be “dumbed down” to the level of children. He is calling us, instead, to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God: love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly, without limit or condition.

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Reflection for July 13

2021-06-28T13:45:32-05:00July 13th, 2021|Reflections|

Are we paying attention to the presence of Jesus in our lives? Do we spend time in silence with him? What does this Gospel say to us and our relationships? How often we ignore people or give them the cold shoulder or exclude them from conversation or direct all our attention to one person and ignore the others in the room. We can become so wrapped up in ourselves that we fail to recognize others. If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.

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Reflection for July 12

2021-06-28T13:44:45-05:00July 12th, 2021|Reflections|

We need to understand that Jesus did not take pleasure in conflict. His first preference was always peace. He wept over Jerusalem; he felt sorry for the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd; he taught his disciples to turn the other cheek and not fight back. If we walk with him, part of our journey will be through the fire. He is the disturbing Christ and he is the loving Christ. Yes, Jesus challenges us to a more profound way of life. One that is not superficial. His message will always challenge us to a better way of living.

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