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August 2022

Reflection August 27th

2022-08-02T15:57:18-05:00August 27th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Monica,
Pray for us
Matthew 25:14-30

 

We are not Christians because of what we believe. We are not Christians because of membership in a church. We are Christians because of and only because of whom we follow and serve; namely Jesus Christ whose name we bear, and we demonstrate that by our acting in trust with what we have received. We must share this life that we are given. It is not about you; it is not about me. It is about all of us together.

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Reflection August 25th

2022-08-02T15:53:35-05:00August 25th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Louis,
Pray for us
Matthew 24:42-51

 

The gospel presents life lived with the expectation of God’s return. We see a picture of a servant living faithfully and carefully while he waits for the return of his own master. What is seen is an image for our own life of faith. We are that servant waiting for the final appearing of our Lord. Although we do not know when the master will return, we are called to live as faithful stewards of the life that the master has entrusted to our care.

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Reflection August 24th

2022-08-02T15:50:20-05:00August 24th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bartholomew,
Pray for us
John 1:45-51

 

Like Philip, we need to be personally convinced and have a personal relationship with the Lord before we can convincingly bring others to him. We need a deeper appreciation of the scriptures to come close to the Lord. There is room in God’s work and kingdom for the famous and the obscure, the great and the small.

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Reflection August 23rd

2022-08-02T15:48:29-05:00August 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

St. Rose of Lima,
Pray for us
Matthew 23:23-26

 

How easy it is to be more concerned about looking good rather than being good. Many of us wear corrective lenses for near or farsightedness. Without the lenses, everything is out of focus. The Pharisees needed corrective lenses. They were concerned about law and externals rather than the spirit and people. Christianity calls for commitment to God and his people.

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Reflection August 20th

2022-08-02T15:40:56-05:00August 20th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bernard,
Pray for us
Matthew 23:1-12

 

How humble are we? How approachable are we? Do we lord it over others because of our intelligence or because we have a slightly higher position? Are we embroiled in power struggles because we think we are better than the next person? This lack of humility can come through at all levels not only by those at the top. At times we think we are better because we go to Mass every day or make Holy Hours every day. The Pharisees’ big mistake was their pride in how they practiced their religion.

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Reflection August 19th

2022-08-02T15:38:44-05:00August 19th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John Eudes,
Pray for us
Matthew 22:34-40

 

There are people who are not easy to love. There are people who do not appreciate anything we do for them and who even take advantage of us. Adam Grant in his book Give and Take speaks of the givers and takers. So, if we try to love the ‘takers’ for their own sake, we will give up in disgust or despair. So why should we love all people? Simply because God does.

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Reflection August 16th

2022-08-02T15:31:12-05:00August 16th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Stephen of Hungary,
Pray for us
Matthew 19:23-30

 

Jesus’ words cut right through the world so many people strive for and the world we know. Life in the Kingdom is a gift from God, received with open hands. Clutching an armload of assets makes it impossible to receive God’s life. But in a world where people are more concerned about finances how can we loosen our grip and empty our hands to receive God’s grace? For God, all things are possible, even loosening our grip to be open and receive God’s life.

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Reflection August 14th

2022-08-02T15:25:23-05:00August 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 12:49-53

 

The fire that Jesus speaks of is humble, selfless love: love that can transform our world and us. But, as Jesus warns us, it is a love that is often at odds with the demands and expectations of the world, a faith that does not fit neatly into philosophical and political camps.

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Reflection August 12th

2022-08-02T15:20:10-05:00August 12th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Jane Frances de Chantal,
Pray for us
Matthew 19:3-12

 

Lord, may we put aside the false idols in today’s world which stand in the way of our being faithful to the God who made us. We place our hope in you, that your love will set us on a path of peace and hope. Amen.

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Reflection August 11th

2022-08-02T15:18:19-05:00August 11th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Clare,
Pray for us
Matthew 18:21-19:1

 

We would all feel extremely comfortable if Jesus quantified our doling out forgiveness. Seven times would have been fine! But Jesus reminds us that forgiveness is a way of life. He is saying that if we are keeping score, keeping track of the times we have been offended, we have not even begun the process of forgiveness. Jesus urges us to throw away the score card, the mental ledger where we record who owes us an apology.

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