November 2021

Reflection for November 30

2021-11-04T15:30:00-05:00November 30th, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Andrew, Apostle, pray for us – 

From what we know from the gospel stories, Andrew is the first to be called by Jesus. In turn, Andrew introduces his brother, Peter to Jesus. Throughout the Gospel we see Andrew bringing others to Jesus. He is a great disciple for us to imitate as we do our best in sharing the Good News.

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Reflection for November 29

2021-11-04T15:28:33-05:00November 29th, 2021|Reflections|

It was the faith of the centurion, the child’s father that brought healing. In this miracle we see faith as having a social dimension. I am sure there were many situations of his own that the centurion would have liked to discuss with Jesus.  But his prime concern was not himself but the situation of his servant. In this story we are reminded of the need for faith in our life as followers of Jesus.  Also, our faith is not something just for ourselves. But through our faith we can bring others closer to Jesus. Through our faith we can bring healing.

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Reflection for November 28

2021-11-04T15:27:31-05:00November 28th, 2021|Reflections|

First Sunday of Advent – 

“When these things begin to happen, stand up straight and raise your heads, for your ransom is near at hand.”  If we are going to have hope that has any meaning in this world, we must start with the realities of life, and for millions of people that reality is endless suffering bordering on despair. Anyone can be optimistic when “everything is coming up roses.” It is the time and place of anguish and suffering that gives rise to genuine hope.

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Reflection for November 27

2021-11-04T15:25:59-05:00November 27th, 2021|Reflections|

This time before Advent is intended to remind us of the necessity of being prepared.  It is a time for us to get our priorities back in perspective. A good way to do this is through prayer and reading of the scriptures.

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Reflection for November 26

2021-11-04T15:24:51-05:00November 26th, 2021|Reflections|

The Lord reminds us that through all change we need to hold onto his words which will not pass away. And thus, we wrap up another liturgical year. This weekend we will begin a new year of grace. I pray that it will be a fresh start for all of us and a new year of great blessing as we continue our journey. We walk by faith and not by sight.

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Reflection for November 25

2021-11-04T15:23:26-05:00November 25th, 2021|Reflections|

Thanksgiving Day – 

When Abraham Lincoln de­clared a National Day of Thanksgiving, his proclamation cautioned that we had become blind to the blessings around us. Hopefully we have our sights set on the graciousness of God in our lives. This sense of thanksgiving need not be reserved for only one day a year. Thanksgiving is a way of looking at life differently, seeing the hand of God at work in all aspects of life, and giving thanks. Lord, help us to live lives of gratefulness.

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Reflection for November 24

2021-11-04T15:21:40-05:00November 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, pray for us – 

Jesus reminds us today that we need to let our faith express itself freely. We are his followers and we must follow him in all aspects of life. We are the modern day prophets, witnessing to the presence of Jesus and all that he stands for. We pray today and every day for the courage to testify to the truth.

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Reflection for November 23

2021-11-04T15:18:18-05:00November 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. Clement, pray for us – 

We hold in our hearts the Creator of all, the maker and keeper of all life. We hold in our hearts a God who knows us by name and a Savior who is the same yesterday, today and forever. We hold in our hearts the hope and promise of a better life to come, a life brimming with the presence of God and an eternal state of peace, a life fully alive in Christ and without destruction and finality.

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Reflection for November 22

2021-11-04T15:16:32-05:00November 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

Saint Cecilia, pray for us – 

We pray today that we like Jesus will notice the little people in our lives, the ones who give from their heart each day, the not so brilliant, the not so well-dressed, and the not so influential. We pray that our heart like that of Jesus will hear the sound of God’s love calling out to us today. It was the sound of two small coins that got his attention.

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Reflection for November 21

2021-11-04T15:14:16-05:00November 21st, 2021|Reflections|

Feast of Christ the King – 

Christ the King is with us. Pilate is completely out of the picture. His only claim to fame as a king is that he met Jesus. The truth which Jesus proclaims; we must proclaim in our world today. We, too, must testify to the truth while some in government are trying their best to snuff out the truth. The truth that every human being deserves respect; the truth that we are created in the image and likeness of God; the truth that all people are children of God. We need to testify to this truth in our world today.

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