January 2022

Reflection for January 21

2021-12-16T16:09:30-06:00January 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Agnes, pray for us – 

The work of carrying the gospel is not reserved for the elite few, for the deep thinkers alone, or for the skilled activists. We are all called by Christ to drive out every evil force from our poor, afflicted world. All are called to heal the wounds inflicted by careless society; all are called to point the way to the one who is the way, the truth, and the life.

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Reflection for January 20

2021-12-16T16:07:55-06:00January 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us – 

“If you wish to become a contemplative, a listener, a doer of God’s Word, you must learn to encounter God in deep silence and solitude. It is most in peaceful quietness, as you enter in your heart that you can enter God’s presence. As you meet God in such quiet of God’s loving presence, you will learn how to live more consciously aware of God’s presence in your hours of busy activities throughout the day.”
(Fr. George Maloney, SJ)

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Reflection for January 19

2021-12-16T16:05:41-06:00January 19th, 2022|Reflections|

God has created us in his image of love and invites us to a relationship with him and with one another centered in his compassion and grace. Jesus says that to do good for others out of love is the heart of faith and the most meaningful Sabbath prayer we can offer. It is such joy and peace that should keep us centered in Jesus.

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Reflection for January 18

2021-12-16T16:04:46-06:00January 18th, 2022|Reflections|

If the performance of our religion prevents us from helping someone in need, then our religion is not religion at all. It might be worth our while to examine our conscience. There are those who are protectors of rules and regulations to the point of smothering life and creativity in others. We are all answerable for the times we put law, rule, and regulation over people. Be careful not to be too critical of the Pharisees.

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Reflection for January 17

2021-12-16T16:03:49-06:00January 17th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Anthony, pray for us – 

A new patch and an old garment are incompatible. New wine and old wineskins are incompatible. Jesus does not offer these domestic proverbs to provide sewing tips for James and John or wine storage tips for Peter and Andrew. Jesus offers these proverbs to point to the gospel message. God’s kingdom is present in Jesus, and the old patterns of religions cannot contain Christ’s new ways.

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Reflection for January 16

2021-12-16T16:02:15-06:00January 16th, 2022|Reflections|

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

We might be tempted to see the Gospel for today only as a miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, but the focus of the gospel is not on the water into wine, as we might first think. The real focus of the gospel is on the change of the disciples into believers.

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Reflection for January 15

2021-12-16T15:59:31-06:00January 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Why is it that Levi, rather than the religious keepers of the law, responded so generously to the invitation of Jesus? Because he desperately wanted what Jesus has to offer. He finds grace irresistible. At times are we unbending, too much concerned with the wrongs of others, too caught up in what really does not matter, too quick to judge others rather than wanting what Jesus has to offer.

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Reflection for January 14

2021-12-16T15:58:35-06:00January 14th, 2022|Reflections|

As friends brought a paralytic to Jesus and Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘your sins are forgiven.’ This story reminds me of the power of prayer, especially our prayer for others. When we decide to pray for someone, be sure that we do pray for them. At times, the words I will keep you in my prayers can so easily slide off our lips. We see here the social dimension of our faith.

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Reflection for January 13

2021-12-16T15:57:40-06:00January 13th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Hilary, pray for us – 

In the scriptures religion is not a part of life or an addition to life; it is the whole of life. If our life is divorced from faith and faith from life, then we are on thin ice. Let us determine today to put our faith, our religion into action. Because that is how we will be judged. When I was hungry you gave me something to eat. When I was thirsty you gave me a drink. When I was naked you clothed me. When I was sick you visited me.

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Reflection for January 12

2021-12-16T15:54:54-06:00January 12th, 2022|Reflections|

We all need quiet space each day, a time of prayer and reflection which keeps life in perspective. It might mean a few moments to read the Scriptures, to pray a decade of the rosary, to read a few pages from a book on the spiritual life or just being quiet in the peace of God. We live in a fast-paced world but let us never forget that as followers of Jesus we have the same source of power which is our life of prayer. Remember every moment reveals God to us.

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