February 2022

Reflection February 27

2022-02-09T08:05:58-06:00February 27th, 2022|Reflections|

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 6:39-45

 

Do you ever find yourself quick to judge others? Isn’t it amazing how frequently we see the need for change in the lives of others while we are just as much in need of God’s love and mercy? Lord, give me the courage to see the faults in my own life and thus renew the face of this earth.

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Reflection February 26

2022-02-09T08:04:44-06:00February 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Mark 10:13-16

 

What was it that caused Jesus to say: “Of such is the Kingdom of heaven?” It was the humility of children and their sense of obedience and trust. Do we have those same traits in our relationship with Jesus? Do we have any humility left in us? Are we obedient to the Will of God? Do we trust in God?

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Reflection February 25

2022-02-09T08:03:39-06:00February 25th, 2022|Reflections|

Mark 10:1-12

 

God’s intention is much more than life in a twosome for everyone. It is life in relationships with others, sustained by fidelity, mutuality, stability, and permanence. In those relationships we discover we are not alone. As the Book of Sirach says: A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; they who find one find a treasure.

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Reflection February 24

2022-02-09T08:01:31-06:00February 24th, 2022|Reflections|

Mark 9:41-50

 

This gospel story addresses the issue of scandal. Our Church has certainly experienced scandals in these past several years. Is our faith strong enough and deep enough to move forward considering these disappointments knowing full well that Jesus Christ is our way, our truth, and our life?

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Reflection February 23

2022-02-09T08:00:31-06:00February 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Polycarp
Mark 9:38-40

 

Just think of what kind of world we could have if instead of spending our time trying to figure out who is in and who is out, we just focused on the big, inclusive pic¬ture. We can begin that way of living like Jesus today by widening our view to include all people as God’s people, and all of them are in.

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Reflection February 22

2022-02-09T07:58:27-06:00February 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
Matthew 16:13-19

 

May we be entry points to God’s reign of justice and mercy by our own efforts at reconciliation and struggles to forgive and seek forgiveness. We need to “bind” our communities and households in compassion and respect and “loosen” one another from the fears and hopelessness that keep us from experiencing God’s love to the full.

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Reflection February 21

2022-02-09T07:57:15-06:00February 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Peter Damian
Pray for us.
Mark 9:14-29

 

The disciples were upset because they could not drive out an evil spirit, but Jesus was able to do so. Jesus reminded them that this evil could only disappear through prayer. How strong is my prayer life? How convinced in my that Jesus can and will work through me if I am a person of prayer as Jesus was?

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Reflection February 20

2022-02-09T07:55:26-06:00February 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 6:27-38

 

There is no commandment of Jesus which caused so much discussion and debate as the commandment to love our enemies. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What Jesus is reminding us today is that we need to put ourselves in the place of others and look at life from that perspective.

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Reflection February 19

2022-02-09T07:52:56-06:00February 19th, 2022|Reflections|

Mark 9:2-13

 

In our dark moments we need to learn how to live this life as Jesus, how to believe and trust as Jesus did. He obviously held on to the experience of that mountain of Transfiguration as he hung from a cross on another mountain. Yet for some reason many of us have difficulty trusting our best experiences. We at times seem more inclined to trust our worst experiences, against the testimony of our best experiences, as to the meaning of life.

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