March 2022

Reflection March 12th

2022-03-04T08:48:28-06:00March 12th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 5:43-48

 

Jesus reminds us to love our enemies. Jesus is talking about loving the people we live with, and work with, and rub shoulders with day after day. Some people can be very unpleasant, unkind, and unfair. They take us for granted. They show no appreciation for our attempts to be of help. Their presence makes our little part of the world difficult. So, how will we respond? Will it be with love?

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Reflection March 11th

2022-03-04T08:28:16-06:00March 11th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 5:20-26

 

Jesus tells his friends very straightforwardly that their holiness must be better than that of the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus reminds us that the Father does not budget his rain and sunshine, he simply gives abundantly. Jesus did not weigh and estimate his energy in being with the hungry crowds in need of healing. The Father and Son give all to all. This is the holiness of Jesus to which we have been called. The holiness of Jesus is God’s holiness.

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Reflection March 10th

2022-03-04T08:26:56-06:00March 10th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 7:7-12

 

Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. If we heed this message of Jesus, then we will forgive as we would wish to be forgiven; we will help as we would wish to be helped; we will praise as we would wish to be praised and we will understand as we would wish to be understood.

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Reflection March 9th

2022-03-04T08:25:02-06:00March 9th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Frances of Rome,
Pray for us.
Luke 11:29-32

 

Why does one seek Jesus; for miracles and wonders or to strive for holiness through personal transformation? The crowds represent all who come out of curiosity with no sincere desire to hear Jesus’ message and repent of sinfulness. Jesus continues to invite us to holiness. How are we responding?

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Reflection March 8th

2022-03-04T08:23:59-06:00March 8th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint John of God,
Pray for us.
Matthew 6:7-15

 

Thy kingdom come! Do we realize the meaning of those words? Do we really want God’s kingdom to come? A kingdom in which the rich serve the poor, the sick and infirm are honored, the lost and marginalized are welcome? A kingdom where humble service is the heart of authority? A kingdom where every human being is respected as a child of God and loved as a brother and sister in Christ. Are we willing to transform our own kingdoms into God’s Kingdom?

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Reflection March 7th

2022-03-02T12:59:10-06:00March 7th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Perpetua and Felicity,
Pray for us.
Matthew 25:31-46

 

It is not our religious persuasion or our church affiliation or our spiritual pedigree. What matters to Jesus is whether we have shown compassion for the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill, and the imprisoned? We serve Christ when we serve people in need. We fail to serve Christ when we do not. The choice is ours.

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Reflection March 6th

2022-03-02T12:56:17-06:00March 6th, 2022|Reflections|

First Sunday of Lent
Luke 4:1-13

 

All the temptations of Jesus had to do with power, and they were all short cuts to avoid the cross. They also appealed to the desire of people for the spectacular. But Jesus decided to dedicate his life to sharing with us how much God loves us. Like Jesus, we are faced with choices. Jesus made a choice that would change the world through love. That is the choice you and I need to make every day by living in the present moment, holy moments filled with an awareness of God.

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Reflection March 5th

2022-03-02T12:53:25-06:00March 5th, 2022|Reflections|

Luke 5:27-32

 

As we fast this Lent let us be mindful of why we are fasting. What good will flow from it? Will our fasting remind us of the presence of Jesus in our lives? Will our fasting help us to be more accepting of other sinners like ourselves? Will our fasting lead us to erase prejudice from our hearts? Will our fasting help us to be more accepting of those whose lifestyle does not agree with ours? Will our fasting lead us to reach out to the poor?

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Reflection March 4th

2022-03-02T12:49:29-06:00March 4th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Casimir,
Pray for us.
Matthew 9:14-15

 

Criticism of Jesus was based upon a misconception of God. The Pharisees saw him as a tribal deity. The disciples of John thought of him as a God of judgment. Jesus believed and taught that God was a wise and loving Father who wanted his children to experience life at its best. It was a revolutionary concept of God. No one had ever dared believe this before and I often wonder if we even believe it today.

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Reflection March 3rd

2022-03-02T12:45:45-06:00March 3rd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Katharine Drexel,
Pray for us.
Luke 9: 22-25

 

Self-denial is one of the most unpopular and misunderstood concepts of the Christian faith. The very word runs contrary to the spirit of the times. Ours is the age of self-expression. People everywhere are demanding the right to think their own thoughts, make their own decisions, and live their lives according to the desires of their own hearts. Jesus, the Son of God, did the will of his Father.

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