September 2021

Reflection for September 30

2021-08-16T14:20:36-05:00September 30th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Jerome – Pray for us! – 

The Kingdom of God is at hand. Is it obvious in you and me! How approachable am I? Can people feel comfortable and be themselves with me? Do I exude love and peace? Besides all my struggles to be holy can I reach out and assist others on their spiritual journey? We are to be transparent images of God wrapped in humility, not impressed with ourselves but living as authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

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Reflection for September 29

2021-08-16T14:19:01-05:00September 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – Pray for us! – 

What does this feast say to us today? Whether we believe in angels or not I do hope that through this feast we are more in tune with the goodness of God toward his people and how divine providence cares for us. The angels always represented God. They were his messengers. I see all of us in that role in assisting others. The original Greek word angeliaforos really means messenger. Our lives are filled with messengers from God. We need to be attentive!

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Reflection for September 28

2021-08-16T14:17:29-05:00September 28th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Wenceslaus – Pray for us! – 

O Lord, give us the grace to respond with understanding to those who disagree with us, with patience in responding to those who anger us, with forgiveness for those who have hurt us. Help us to take on your work of reconciliation and peace in all the “Samarias” we trek, lifting up with gratitude, the good we find in the places where we live and travel.

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Reflection for September 27

2021-08-16T14:14:58-05:00September 27th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Vincent de Paul – Pray for us! – 

According to Jesus, discipleship is a way of powerlessness. God is not interested in how much power we have; God is interested in how we powerlessly do God’s will by serving others as St. Vincent de Paul. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being last and the servant of all. Who are the greatest among us today? Only God knows. But those posing for a stained-glass window are not likely to get one.

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Reflection for September 26

2021-08-16T14:12:37-05:00September 26th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

There are people not of our company who this very day are feeding the hungry and housing the homeless, who are casting out demons of poverty or demons of hate. If Jesus could see Samaritans, and tax collectors and Roman soldiers as his co-workers why can’t we be a bit more inclusive? God is not threatened by differences. It is we who are. To Jesus, these were people of character and compassion. We as Christians do not have the monopoly on correctness. “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

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Reflection for September 25

2021-08-16T14:11:00-05:00September 25th, 2021|Reflections|

The most important word in today’s gospel reading is the word listen. Jesus admonished his disciples to listen. Even though they did not comprehend what he was saying he wanted them to listen. And so, with all of us. We need to listen to the Word of God even though at the time of our listening we do not comprehend the full meaning. Life’s experiences will have a way of reminding us of what we heard.  And after the experience, the Word of God comes alive, and we understand.

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Reflection for September 24

2021-08-16T14:10:03-05:00September 24th, 2021|Reflections|

The truth of God is revealed over a period of time. We are not always ready to receive the truth God has for us. No one could handle the full weight of knowledge of the future all at once. Because God is gracious, we are given what we are capable of understanding at the right time. God’s truth dawns in our hearts and minds “in the fullness of time.”

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Reflection for September 23

2021-08-16T14:07:14-05:00September 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Pius of Pietrelcina – Pray for us! – 

In faith, we believe that we see Jesus. But where? In miracles that reveal the wonder of God’s kingdom? Certainly! But we see Jesus most clearly after Herod had dispensed with him; on a cross in the darkness of a Friday afternoon, as he rises from the dead on Easter Sunday, and as he comes to us in every moment. Saint Pius saw Jesus in the poor and dedicated his life to serving Jesus in the impoverished. If we look for Jesus, we will find Jesus in every aspect of life.

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Reflection for September 22

2021-08-16T14:04:26-05:00September 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

Every day of our lives is a journey that God has sent us on to proclaim the Kingdom in our midst. In the simplest acts of charity and the smallest offerings of kindness, we can heal, we can cast out demons; we can reveal the Kingdom of God in our midst. But we need to get out of the way and allow Jesus to work through us.

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Reflection for September 21

2021-08-16T14:02:37-05:00September 21st, 2021|Reflections|

St. Matthew – Pray for us! – 

Jesus sees Matthew as someone who is despised, unaccepted, and an outcast and he reaches out to him contrary to public opinion. On the other hand, Matthew sees Jesus embodying the kinds of values he cherished deep within. Tax collecting was only a job, and he was willing to lose a comfortable position for a new purpose. This is a great story of risk-taking on the part of Jesus and on the part of Matthew.

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