May 2022

Reflection May 21st

2022-05-17T14:48:34-05:00May 21st, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:18-21

My friends, we are followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to be witnesses of his life in today’s world. If it is not challenging and painful, then we are not doing the job we are supposed to be doing. Yes, we will always feel the pain of living the Gospel if we dare to live it fully.

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Reflection May 20th

2022-05-12T16:44:51-05:00May 20th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bernardine of Siena,
Pray for us
John 15:12-17

 

John tells Christians of all times and places that the heart of Christianity is love’s self-forgetfulness and total dedication. John tells us that love has its origin in God. In fact, the person without love does not know God. Paradoxically, it is only by knowing God that we can genuinely love, and it is only by loving that we can come to know God.

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Reflection May 19th

2022-05-12T16:42:51-05:00May 19th, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:9-11

It is interesting to hear what is uppermost in the mind of Jesus who is about to die. It is like the reading of the will but before his death. Jesus is telling us what he is leaving behind for us, what was of immense value for him. He bequeaths to the disciples and all of us: love, peace, joy, and friendship.

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Reflection May 18th

2022-05-12T16:40:31-05:00May 18th, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:1-8

The vine does everything for the branches. It is the vine that draws sap from the earth and passes it along to the branches. Apart from the vine the branches are empty vessels or conduits withering and lifeless. Depending on our relationship with the vine will determine how we relate with other branches. Is Jesus the source of life for me? How do I pass on this life to others?

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Reflection May 17th

2022-05-12T16:39:12-05:00May 17th, 2022|Reflections|

John 14:27-31

The peace of Christ is vastly different from most understandings of peace. Is peace uninterrupted calm? Not the peace of Christ. Is peace the absence of conflict? Not the peace of Christ. The peace of Christ is not the mere absence of something. Peace is the by-product of faith in God. Trusting in God in all circumstances is the key to peace.

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Reflection May 16th

2022-05-12T16:36:52-05:00May 16th, 2022|Reflections|

John 14:21-26

Jesus said so clearly and simply: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our dwelling with them.” And so, we are in communion with the Lord, but we are constantly challenged as to how we are in communion with one another, those with whom we live and work, and those whom we serve?

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Reflection May 15th

2022-05-12T16:31:35-05:00May 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday of Easter
John 13:31-33,34-35

Jesus loved sacrificially. There was no limit to what his love could do for us and give us. Love can be very painful at times. It can become very demanding. Mother Theresa instructed her novices that their love must be total. She told them: “Let the people eat you up.” Are we a bit resentful in how we dole out our love? Are their strings attached?

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Reflection May 14th

2022-05-12T16:29:05-05:00May 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Matthias
Pray for us
John 15:9-17

 

Jesus’ unique command is that we love one another as he has loved us. Jesus knew he had to remind us of this because sometimes we function as though we were made for competition rather than love. Jesus has given us the example of a love greater than any other: He laid down his life for us.

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Reflection May 13th

2022-05-12T16:26:36-05:00May 13th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John of Avila,
Pray for us
John 14:1-6

 

How can we know the way? Jesus replied in characteristic fashion; “I am the way! Follow the truth that I taught you. Live the life that I showed you. You will get where you are going if you follow the way of love. You will arrive at your destination if you follow the way of sacrifice. Do not worry about the goal. Just follow the way!”

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Reflection May 12th

2022-04-26T16:37:20-05:00May 12th, 2022|Reflections|

John 13:16-20

 

We constantly meet and accept Jesus in those whom God sends our way in need. How accepting are we of others? Do we say that we have accepted Jesus Christ but then have a difficult time living and collaborating with others? Sometimes it is easier to accept strangers than those with whom we live.

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