May 2022

Reflection May 31

2022-05-17T15:35:24-05:00May 31st, 2022|Reflections|

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1:39-56

A young girl meets an old woman. Both are pregnant. Both feel misunderstood. Mary and Elizabeth felt oppressed and isolated suddenly realize their greatness and are free to celebrate their blessing. The two of them become community. They need each other, just to be together and protect each other, support each other, and affirm each other. They stay together for three months. Then each of them is ready to face her truth alone, without fear, willing to suffer the consequences of motherhood.

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Reflection May 30th

2022-05-17T15:32:46-05:00May 30th, 2022|Reflections|

John 16:29-33

We are all in the process of becoming what God intended us to be. If we could only live with that kind of attitude, that without our knowing, God’s providence is working his purposes out even when it is invisible to our eyes. All we need is to trust in God’s providence.

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Reflection May 29th

2022-05-17T15:31:22-05:00May 29th, 2022|Reflections|

Seventh Sunday of Easter | Feast of Ascension
Luke 24:46-53

The Ascension of Jesus has taken our faith out of the physical realm and placed it in a spiritual realm, believing what is seen and unseen. His going away actually became the fulfilling of his promise to be with us always until the end of the world. We now become His hands which reach out in mercy and love. We now become his voice to share the story of God’s love for his people. The Ascension challenges us to a new life in Christ. Do not look beyond, look within.

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Reflection May 28th

2022-05-17T15:28:44-05:00May 28th, 2022|Reflections|

John 16:23-28

In this gospel, Jesus reminds us that we can go to God because God loves you. Jesus did not die to change God into love but to remind us that God is love. He came not because God so hated the world but because God so loved the world. The gospel today is reminding us in a simple and straightforward way that in every aspect of life there is the love of God, and we never would have known that if Jesus had not told us so. Jesus brought to us the love of God.

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Reflection May 27th

2022-05-17T15:18:17-05:00May 27th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Augustine of Canterbury,
Pray for us.
John 16:20-23

 

We have all experienced a very painful moment in our life that made us wiser and stronger. We have endured a situation that we were convinced would defeat us or end badly but we survived. We took on something we knew was going to cost us dearly, but we knew it was the right thing to do. This is the Grace of God working within us.

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Reflection May 26th

2022-05-17T15:15:48-05:00May 26th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Philip Neri,
Pray for us.
John 16:16-20

 

Some people picture Jesus as a political rebel, others as a mystic visionary, others as a talented healer, and still others as a rustic sage. Jesus is multi-faceted. He shows different sides of his truth to those who approach him in diverse ways. Each time we see Jesus we learn something that we had not known before. Be attentive to the presence of Jesus in daily life.

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Reflection May 25th

2022-05-17T15:10:04-05:00May 25th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bede the Venerable,
Pray for us
John 16:12-15

 

The Spirit of truth, according to Jesus, is responsible for guiding the community to all truth. This means that the Spirit works through the members of the community. Being open to the guidance of the Spirit implies that we are seeking what is good for the whole community. Our cultural individualism can thwart the work of the Spirit because it fosters the good of one over the good of the whole.

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Reflection May 24th

2022-05-17T15:06:48-05:00May 24th, 2022|Reflections|

John 16:5-11

As the Holy Spirit is active in our lives we begin to see much of the folly of our ways and actually bring judgment down on ourselves. Therefore, it is not God who judges us as much as it is we ourselves when we realize how far we have strayed from what is right and beautiful.

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Reflection May 23rd

2022-05-17T14:54:52-05:00May 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:26-16:4

Our witness to Jesus may not be as dramatic as that of the early martyrs who were witnessing to strangers and those outside the fold. Today we find ourselves witnessing to fellow Christians, to others within our own community, and that can be a far greater challenge.

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Reflection May 22nd

2022-05-17T14:52:00-05:00May 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14:23-29

To be a person of faith does not simply mean believing in God as creator of the universe but experiencing him as a living presence in one another who walks with us on all the roads of life. What a tremendous difference it would make in our lives if we could translate our faith in God from abstract theory to personal experience.

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