October 2021

Reflection for October 31

2021-09-28T14:49:05-05:00October 31st, 2021|Reflections|

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Saint John of the Cross poetically summarized the message of today’s Gospel when he said: “In the evening of life we will be judged by how we have loved.” When all is said and done, how well we have loved each other will be the true measuring stick. I think of a quote from Les Miserables: “Take my hand and lead me to salvation. Take my love for love is everlasting. And remember the truth that once was spoken; to love another person is to see the face of God.”

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Reflection for October 30

2021-09-28T14:47:39-05:00October 30th, 2021|Reflections|

We are not here to impress one another but to love one another. Pope Francis reminds us that the path of the Lord is a road of humility. In other words, imitate Jesus. Notice how he treated everyone with the same respect and love: the blind man at Jericho, the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, the elderly, poor woman with the two pennies. The values of our world are quite different than those of Jesus.

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Reflection for October 29

2021-09-28T14:40:46-05:00October 29th, 2021|Reflections|

This story tells us so much about Jesus. It shows us the serenity with which Jesus met life. There is nothing more trying than to be under constant and critical scrutiny. There is none which causes more pain and heartbreak. Yet Jesus remained serene. It also shows us that Jesus did not reject the hospitality of his enemies. He knew that we would never make our enemies our friends if we refused to meet with them and talk with them.

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Reflection for October 28

2021-09-28T14:31:11-05:00October 28th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us – 

It might we good on this feast of Sts. Simon and Jude that we celebrate our being called to be ambassadors for Christ. Just think of how much we can accomplish in a day by the quality of our presence to one another. Our ministry of presence is so very important, that presence of peace and love, that presence of connectedness with Jesus.  Every follower of Jesus has something important to contribute. There are no unimportant believers.

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Reflection for October 27

2021-09-28T14:27:34-05:00October 27th, 2021|Reflections|

The narrow door to God is difficult to enter.  It is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness. It can only be entered by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. But Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the narrow door will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of his Father.

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Reflection for October 26

2021-09-28T14:26:30-05:00October 26th, 2021|Reflections|

Luke is making very clear here the imperfections that one will find in the Kingdom of God. Jesus turns over old expectations of what pure and noble religion is. This king is born in a Bethlehem stable, not a Jerusalem palace. This king enters Jerusalem on a donkey, not a chariot pulled by horses. This king finally claims his throne hanging on a cross. It may not look like some people’s idea of God, but in faith we trust this is the Kingdom of God.

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Reflection for October 25

2021-09-28T14:16:18-05:00October 25th, 2021|Reflections|

What hypocrisy to have more regard for a thirsty ox than a crippled woman. This is a lesson for us about priorities and God’s work. We should worship and attend to the rites of worship but sometimes we become more perturbed over formal correctness and change than the crying needs of others around us. We may have to reconsider what are our priorities.

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Reflection for October 24

2021-09-28T14:15:21-05:00October 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Insight is vastly different from physical sight. Insight involves a deeply intuitive yet accurate understanding of something or someone. Jesus’ life and teachings are available to almost everyone who cares to learn of him. But you, as an individual person, may have insight into Jesus’ deeper meaning for your life and your understanding of God. Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit is discernment, which is insight into the deeper truths and spiritual meanings of our encounters and experiences.

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Reflection for October 23

2021-09-28T14:12:53-05:00October 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. John of Capistrano, pray for us – 

In our materialistic society, we think of privilege in terms of money, rank, and position. We are, indeed a very privileged people but what are we producing?  Might the parable of the fig tree be addressed to us? The people in today’s gospel looked at their fortunate circumstance, compared it with those victims of tragedy, and automatically concluded that they, themselves, were more deserving people. An honest answer will show that privilege is no sign of superiority. It is, instead, a cause for gratitude and a reason for humility. So, what are we doing with this privileged life? Is it bearing any fruit? What of it are we sharing with the not so privileged?

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Reflection for October 22

2021-09-28T14:11:09-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

St. John Paul II, pray for us – 

Are we aware of the presence or the absence of God in our midst? When we observe injustice in the business arena, we are called upon to speak out. When we see despair in the lives of others, we are challenged to provide some measure of comfort. When we encounter those weak in their faith, we must feel compelled to share the gospel message to some degree.  Are we tuned in to the presence or absence of God and what are we doing about it?

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