June 2022

Reflection June 30th

2022-06-21T16:23:53-05:00June 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 9:1-8

As followers of Jesus, we are part of a great community. Even when we have lost faith and hope, this great community of believers bears us up to Christ to for forgiveness and healing. We are called to be the friends who bring one another to the Lord so that he can give us what we cannot give ourselves, a new life.

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Reflection June 29th

2022-06-21T16:22:07-05:00June 29th, 2022|Reflections|

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us
Matthew 16:13-19

 

We all are sinners as Peter and Paul. We at times like Peter have denied Jesus through our sins of human weakness or we were negatively critical of the Church as Paul. But despite our human faults and failings Jesus still counts on you and me as he did with Peter and Paul to get his message across to the world in which we live. Jesus always works through imperfect human beings because there is no other kind. Yes, we might be the only Gospel that others will ever read.

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Reflection June 28th

2022-06-21T16:19:29-05:00June 28th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Irenaeus,
Pray for us
Matthew 8:23-27

 

The meaning of this story is far greater than stilling a weather storm. The meaning is that wherever Jesus is, the storms of life become calm. It means that in His presence there is peace. When the cold bleak wind of sorrow blows, there is comfort in the presence of Jesus Christ. When the storms of doubt seek to uproot the very foundation of faith, there is a steady safety in the presence of Jesus Christ. In every storm that shakes the human heart, there is peace with Jesus Christ.

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Reflection June 27th

2022-06-21T16:17:23-05:00June 27th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Cyril of Alexandria,
Pray for us
Matthew 8:18-22

 

Today’s Gospel challenges us to realize the gap that exists between our claim to follow Jesus and how far we are willing to go with him. Jesus calls us to follow him out of our comfort zones to bring healing and peace to difficult conditions, to follow him into situations and places that will exact a heavy price from us, when the teachings of Jesus conflict with the easier, safer, and less painful course.

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Reflection June 26th

2022-06-21T16:08:25-05:00June 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Luke 9:51-62

Some Christians get upset by Atheists. But when you think about it, prejudice contradicts the Christian faith more blatantly than Atheism ever could. So how we manage the pain of rejection, and the pain of disappointment will determine how faithful we are to our calling. Jesus summed it up so well: “Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

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Reflection June 25th

2022-05-31T17:00:41-05:00June 25th, 2022|Reflections|

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us
Luke 2:41-51

 

Mary is the Mother of God, but in this story, she is also the mother of a lost boy, and she is responsible for him, and she loves him, and so she goes looking for him. She lived by faith. She speaks tenderly: “Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And Mary kept all these things in her heart, pondering over them.

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Reflection June 24th

2022-05-31T16:58:25-05:00June 24th, 2022|Reflections|

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Pray for us
Luke 15:3-7

 

The human heart is both repository and wellspring. Today we pray that nothing, but goodness will be treasured in our hearts; that from our hearts may flow out to all a living spring of healing, enhancing love; that our hearts may become like that of Christ, mindful that our vocation is to incarnate that love of Christ, to make it visible to make it tangible.

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Reflection June 23rd

2022-05-31T16:56:37-05:00June 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist,
Luke 1:57-66,80

In addition to the name given us by our family at baptism, we also became known as a Christian. It defines us. It tells the world who we are and what should be expected of us. Like John we need to discover what God has created us to be and live out the demands of that call without compromise. How are we improving from the past generation of Christians? What sense of newness and life do we bring to the name Christian?

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Reflection June 22nd

2022-05-31T16:54:32-05:00June 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 7:15-20

In the Gospel of Mark there is a story about a man who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name although he is not part of the chosen twelve disciples. When the disciples complain about him, Jesus responds and says that whoever is not against us is for us. Here is a tree bearing good fruit, a true prophet, though he is not part of the twelve. We can find good trees and good fruit in surprising places.

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Reflection June 21st

2022-05-31T16:53:00-05:00June 21st, 2022|Reflections|

St. Aloysius Gonzaga,
Pray for us
Matthew 7:6,12-14

 

In every action of life, we face a choice. It is a choice between the hard way and the effortless way. And there is never a straightforward way to greatness. In this world, we attempt to use the short way of doing things which promises immediate results. It is the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless.

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