July 2022

Reflection July 31st

2022-07-05T16:18:17-05:00July 31st, 2022|Reflections|

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 12:13-21

What does it mean to grow rich for God? Growing rich for God has nothing to do with money. Perhaps it means accumulating the treasures of the spiritual life like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, mercy. These are riches that glorify God and magnify his kingdom. The person who accumulates these riches is wealthy and wise beyond reckoning.

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Reflection July 30th

2022-07-05T16:14:29-05:00July 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Peter Chrysologus,
Pray for us
Matthew 14: 1-12

 

My friends, are we hearing the Word of God? Are we responding to the Word of God, the word which tells us to open our eyes and see Jesus Christ in one another, to see Jesus Christ in those people who are always critical, to see Jesus Christ in those who think and live differently than we do? This is the challenge of the Word of Jesus. Why do you think it was so easy for Jesus to eat with sinners? Because he saw hope in them and in the world!

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Reflection July 29th

2022-07-05T16:06:02-05:00July 29th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus,
Pray for us
John 11:19-27

 

Martha is an example of a woman whose love for God expressed itself in the service of love. She manifested her love for Jesus by providing him and his disciples a home whenever they were near Jerusalem. Mahalia Jackson, the gospel singer, once said that some folks are so heaven-minded that they are no earthly good. Religion, in other words, that has only a head in the sky and no feet on the ground benefits no one

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Reflection July 28th

2022-07-05T16:02:58-05:00July 28th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 13:47-53

The most important object in a Catholic church is the tabernacle, which contains Jesus’ sacramental presence. I often wonder how grace-filled it would be for us to respect one another as we respect the tabernacle in church. How blessed it would be if we treated one another as if God’s Spirit is dwelling within us as it really is. May the light of Christ, shining in us, encourage other people on their journey of life.

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Reflection July 27th

2022-07-05T15:58:33-05:00July 27th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 13:44-46

Jesus is reminding us that people who faithfully dedicate themselves to their vocation, their everyday duties, and responsibilities discover life’s true treasures. We keep thinking that the real treasure is out there somewhere, and if we were not confined to this boring life and if we were not saddled with these family or community responsibilities, then we could be free to go look for that treasure, the kingdom. It is right here, right now.

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Reflection July 26th

2022-07-05T15:54:51-05:00July 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Joachim and Anne,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:36-43

 

Even though there is nothing in the scriptures about Saints Joachim and Ann, their holiness is inferred through Mary, a strong character, a prayerful person with religious devotion. Family love for Jesus and Joseph indicates a loving family of her own. How often do we say that children reflect their parents?
Mary’s parents whose feast we celebrate today, represent all those who live their faith day by day and establish an atmosphere for the coming of Christ into our world.

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Reflection July 25th

2022-07-05T15:51:46-05:00July 25th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint James,
Pray for us
Matthew 20: 20-28

 

What James and John and their mother did not know was that Jesus was about to redefine success. Jesus was about to enter his kingdom and greatness in the kingdom would be a matter of service. Power would be defined by taking up the cross. We have the power for good in our world and in our community, what are we doing with it. We have the power to be positive, and not negative, we have the power to love and show concern, we have the power to be generous. What are we doing with it?

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Reflection July 24th

2022-07-05T15:44:06-05:00July 24th, 2022|Reflections|

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 11:1-13

Busy lives become meaningless unless they reflect a life of prayer. In prayer we find the significance of our lives, prayer helps us to put life in perspective. Prayer creates that space in which the Lord can speak to us and we to God. Remember, it is the space between the words that makes a sentence understandable.

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Reflection July 23rd

2022-07-05T16:08:32-05:00July 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Bridget,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:24-30

 

Jesus’ story of the weeds and the wheat tells us of God’s mercy and patience. It warns us not to be less merciful and patient than God as we survey other members of the church. Which of us would not like to be part of a church in which there were no hypocrites, in which all its members always practiced what they preached? The parable of the weeds and wheat obviously deals with membership in the kingdom. There are both good and bad in it. It is not in our place to judge which is wheat or weed.

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Reflection July 22nd

2022-07-05T15:34:05-05:00July 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Mary Magdalene,
Pray for us
John 20:1-2, 11-18

 

As Mary, we need to be messengers of the resurrection. We need to let go of our distant, detached image of Jesus so that we can take on the hard, demanding work of going forth and making known his presence in our midst. We need to stop staring into empty tombs and recognize the risen Jesus here in our midst. That image is ever-present.

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