September 2021

Reflection for September 20

2021-08-16T13:50:33-05:00September 20th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon and Paul Chong Ha-sang – Pray for us! – 

Just as a sower places seed in the ground to grow plants, so a lamp is lit that it may give light in the room. The gospel is preached that it may have effect in the lives of Christians. No one puts it in a jar where it will be extinguished or under a bed where it does no good. What we do with the gospel both within our own lives and in sharing it with others, will eventually be revealed both in us and in them.

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Reflection for September 19

2021-08-16T13:48:51-05:00September 19th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

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 each other. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being the last and the servant of all, the powerlessness of a child who trusts.

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Reflection for September 18

2021-08-16T13:46:37-05:00September 18th, 2021|Reflections|

Why is it that some people fail to perceive and understand the parables? It really is more a matter of moral stance rather than intellectual capacity. People understand what God desires, but they do not wish to act on that understanding. When people cling to themselves and their own interests, God cannot penetrate their lives.

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Reflection for September 17

2021-08-16T13:45:41-05:00September 17th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Hildegard of Bingen – Pray for us! – 

It is amazing to find Mary Magdalene with the dark past and Joanna, the lady of the Court, in the same company. It is one of the supreme achievements of Jesus that He can enable the most diverse people to live together without in the least losing their own personalities or qualities. There is nothing which the Church needs more than to learn how to harness the diverse temperaments and qualities of different people. If we are failing it is our own fault, for, in Christ, it can be done. It has been done.

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Reflection for September 16

2021-08-16T13:33:55-05:00September 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian – Pray for us! – 

Notice in the gospels that Jesus is never upset with sinners; he’s only upset with people who don’t think they are sinners. My friends let us be humble in admitting our sinfulness while always being aware of God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. As Jesus said: “I have not come to call the self-righteous, but sinners.” And remember God loves us not because we are good. God loves us because God is good.

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Reflection for September 15

2021-08-16T13:32:12-05:00September 15th, 2021|Reflections|

Our Lady of Sorrows – Pray for us! – 

On this feast of our Mother of Sorrows 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 into our experiences and shares our pains and sorrows.  She is with us in our times of testing as she was with Jesus.

Mary, our Mother of Sorrows, intercede for us!

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Reflection for September 14

2021-08-16T13:30:20-05:00September 14th, 2021|Reflections|

Exaltation of the Holy Cross – 

What does the cross mean to us and how readily do we accept all that it represents? We know what the mention of the cross did to Peter. It frightened him so much that he tried to talk Jesus out of it. When we look upon the cross of Jesus what does it say to us? It speaks of unselfishness, it speaks of love, it speaks of concern for others, and it speaks of forgiveness.

We adore you, O Christ, and we paise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

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Reflection for September 13

2021-08-16T13:28:50-05:00September 13th, 2021|Reflections|

St. John Chrysostom – Pray for us! – 

This centurion was a man of faith. If his authority produced results how much more must that of Jesus. What about our faith? Here is a soldier from a proud culture requesting a favor from an itinerant preacher. He put himself beyond the comfortable and the customary. We may have to depart at times from our own pillar of pride to accept the guidance of someone whom we resent. Faith grows by taking risks, the risk to extend the love of God to another, the risk to receive the love of God from another.

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Reflection for September 12

2021-08-16T13:27:21-05:00September 12th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

The cross needs to be at the center of our lives. It is constant reminder of God’s love for us and our need to serve others selflessly. At Baptism we have all been signed with the cross. The priest, our parents, and godparents signed our forehead with the cross sharing their faith with us. So, how do we live our faith each day, a faith that is always being put to the test? For some the word Catholic can indicate the Christian denomination to which you belong. For others it can mean being a disciple of Jesus Christ. There is a big difference. So, who do you say you are?

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Reflection for September 11

2021-08-16T13:22:58-05:00September 11th, 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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