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April 2019

Reflection April 1

2019-03-31T23:05:30-05:00April 1st, 2019|Reflections|

John 4: 43-54

Anxieties and sorrows have the capacity to remind us of our need for God and to start us on a spiritual search. The result of such a quest has to be some amount of good. This is not to suggest that trouble, itself, is good. To the contrary, it is essentially bad. But when we are going through it, let us try to remember this: Bad though it is, suffering does have its good side. It is often in the dark valley that we realize the Good Shepherd at our side.

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March 2019

Reflection March 5

2019-03-03T22:24:41-06:00March 5th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 10:28-31

The call to be holy is just as relevant today as back in the first century. Through baptism, we are graced with the vocation of seeking holiness in all areas of our lives and conforming ourselves to Christ. The impossible becomes possible when we look at different areas of our lives and ask the question, “Does this bring me closer to the Lord or lead me away from him?” After all, many things in our world look good on the outside but fail to nourish us within.

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Reflection March 4

2019-03-03T22:20:40-06:00March 4th, 2019|Reflections|

 Saint Casimir

Mark 10:17-27

In today’s gospel a rich young aristocrat comes running to a poor man and asking the poor man for what he has. Here was a man who supposedly had everything that money can buy yet there was something missing in his life and he noticed that this poor, itinerant carpenter from Nazareth had what he wanted – the secret to eternal life – peace! The rich man envied the poor man’s quality of life.

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Reflection March 3

2019-02-28T23:13:21-06:00March 3rd, 2019|Reflections|

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:39-45

I know some people who could make the world a better place by simply changing their own lives. They would not have to change the world, just change themselves. However, the starting place for correction is right here inside of me and right there inside of you. Jesus said, “First get the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”

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Reflection March 2

2019-02-28T23:12:16-06:00March 2nd, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 10:13-16

Where are we in this story? Are we considered to be approachable as Jesus was? Do other people feel comfortable to approach us?  Do we put people at ease?  Or do others have to call ahead and get a weather report on me whether it is safe to talk to me today.  Do we have a sense of humility?  Are we obedient to the Will of God?  Do we trust in God?

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Reflections March 1

2019-02-28T23:11:18-06:00March 1st, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 10:1-12

Jesus certainly did not endorse an easygoing morality. He taught that we must love the enemy, that we must return good for evil, that we must be pure in motive. What an incredible example we find in Jesus. You and I have the responsibility to embody this life of Jesus and encourage others to do the same. Let us pray for each other to hold on to our convictions and trust in God’s love and support.

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February 2019

Reflection February 28

2019-01-31T20:40:51-06:00February 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:41-50

We need to rid our lives of the habits and lusts which deflect us from a life of faith. We need to learn to manage our anger because anger is the enemy of love. We need to deal with our despair because despair is the enemy of hope. We need to get on top of our cynicism because cynicism is the enemy of faith.

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Reflection February 27

2019-01-31T20:39:47-06:00February 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:38-40

The power of God is at work through all people who follow Jesus and it is meant for all people in need. Could Jesus also be opening our eyes to see that the full power of the gospel is at work in places we would not expect and through people who do not “follow us”? Guided by Jesus’ response to the disciples’ complaint, perhaps we might even see other Christian communions as partners in the gospel. “Whoever is not against us is for us.”

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Reflection February 26

2019-01-31T20:38:33-06:00February 26th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:30-37

According to Jesus discipleship is a way of powerlessness. God is not interested in how much power we have; God is interested in how we powerlessly do God’s will by serving each other. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being last and the servant of all, the powerlessness of a child who trusts.

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Reflection February 25

2019-01-31T20:37:19-06:00February 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 9:14-29

In this passage, we can get lost in the story of the possessed man, but what catches my attention is the interaction between Jesus and his disciples. It begins and ends with his disciples. They had just experienced a great moment of prayer, yet they failed in their ministry because of their lack of prayer or the right kind of prayer. They still were not in full relationship with God.

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