July 2021

Reflection for July 11

2021-06-28T13:42:54-05:00July 11th, 2021|Reflections|

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

We are a mixture of good and evil but all of us have the potential to become a coworker with the Lord.  Recall the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?  Here I am’ I said, ‘Send me!’” How can we be more spontaneous and excited about committing ourselves to the work of Jesus Christ?  Acknowledge the holiness of God and open your life to share in God’s goodness.  See yourself as purified of the past and confidently directed to the future.

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Reflection for July 10

2021-06-28T13:41:21-05:00July 10th, 2021|Reflections|

Have you ever wondered why God created you, and why he created you the way he did? Did you ever take a close look at yourself and reflect on all the talents and abilities you have without comparing yourself with someone else? We have been created in his image and likeness and not that of another human being. Jesus reminds us today that there is a divine purpose for creating us just as we are. Maybe we are not aware of that purpose and plan but God is.

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Reflection for July 9

2021-06-28T13:39:00-05:00July 9th, 2021|Reflections|

A person who wants to be a disciple must first of all decide whether he or she can stand up under the crosses that will have to be carried along the way. The lives of the apostles were filled with uncertainty and persecution. The same is true for Christians in every age. Being faithful to Christ and all he stands for does not make us popular. The Eucharist is our strength. It will not take away our feeling of emptiness and uncertainty but it will show us that the eternal reward is worth this pain and suffering.

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Reflection for July 8

2021-06-28T13:35:23-05:00July 8th, 2021|Reflections|

Matthew’s Gospel presents us with four aspects of the ancient method of evangelization: proclamation, giving without cost, relying upon others, offering peace. While the specifics have changed, such as not wearing sandals, the general principles remain the same. We evangelize primarily through the way we live our lives. The best way to evangelize is to make sure that we are living the very gospel we want others to accept.

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Reflection for July 7

2021-06-28T13:32:43-05:00July 7th, 2021|Reflections|

The reign of God is at hand. But is this message credible in our lives. The reign of God is at hand but then: we are not approachable; we do not tolerate the differences in others. We hold onto strange prejudices; we do not accept others. We have the responsibility to make God’s kingdom come in this world. The first message we preach is the way we live. Is our message credible?

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Reflection for July 6

2021-06-28T13:31:45-05:00July 6th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Maria Goretti – 

When two wrongs come together, they never give birth to a right. When anger is met with anger, it only leads to more anger. When hatred is matched with hatred, it plants the seeds for a continuing harvest of hate. These cycles of evil are only broken when some person or group has the courage to respond to evil with good. As Pope Francis said in Laudato Si, “All it takes is one good person to restore hope.”

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Reflection for July 5

2021-06-28T13:29:27-05:00July 5th, 2021|Reflections|

Jesus said:  “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.” That is the way he lived and the way he challenged others to live. He was talking about something that is as real for us as it was for the frightened father of that sick child. As children we were afraid of falling. As adults we are afraid of failing. This was the particular fear of the father in the gospel story today. To trust someone is to put faith in them.

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Reflection for July 4

2021-06-28T13:22:21-05:00July 4th, 2021|Reflections|

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

The story in today’s Gospel is a reminder that the power of God awaits the cooperation of people. The gospel says: “He could work no miracle there, so much did their lack of faith distress him.”  Notice, it does not say he would not; it says, “He could not.”  The power of God awaits the cooperation of people. Let us not be as foolish as those in today’s story who could not accept Jesus because he was one of them. The tragedy of life is not death, but in what dies inside us while we are living – the death of genuine feeling, the death of acceptance of others, the death of openness to the gifts of others who can help us, the death of love.

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Reflection for July 3

2021-06-28T13:20:55-05:00July 3rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Thomas – 

The Gospel of St. John shows Thomas moving from deep doubt to deeper faith. Thomas makes one of the strongest confessions of faith in all of the New Testament when he declares to Jesus, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas is a reminder that doubt, even the deepest doubt, is not the opposite of faith. Doubt is not a symptom of faith that is weak and dying. Doubt is a sign that faith is alive, longing for the good news of Jesus Christ to be a part of our life.

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Reflection for July 2

2021-06-28T13:13:37-05:00July 2nd, 2021|Reflections|

One of the distinctive attributes of Jesus was his inclusiveness of every class of person. Nowhere better seen than in the friends he called to follow him: tax collectors and sinners, fisherman and scholars. radicals and patriots. Jesus broke all the rules and welcomed all into the loving circle of the family of God. Today, we call this the church. May it truly be such! How welcoming and inclusive am I of all God’s people?

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