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April 2022

Reflection April 21st

2022-04-07T16:01:10-05:00April 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Luke 24:35-48

 

The Christian community would never have expanded beyond Jerusalem if the disciples had not cast off their fears and worries. On this Easter Thursday, we take a closer look at how we may be worrying our lives away and missing the joy of trusting Jesus to make us his witnesses to all the world.

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Reflection April 20th

2022-04-07T15:53:06-05:00April 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Luke 24:13-35

 

We journey along that road to Emmaus, during times when we have given up hope, times when we have been disappointed, going back to our own Emmaus. Jesus still walks that same road. Are we familiar with him through our life of prayer, so much so, that we will be able to recognize him in the people along that road and welcome him into our lives?

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Reflection April 19th

2022-04-07T15:39:54-05:00April 19th, 2022|Reflections|

John 20:11-18

 

To Mary Magdalene belongs the glory of being the first to see the Risen Lord. What about us? Do we ever expect to find him and see him? We need to be more vigilant, more silent to hear our name, eyes open to see his presence right here, and now, no more staring into empty tombs, no more walking away.

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Reflection April 15th

2022-03-31T12:31:14-05:00April 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Good Friday
The Pasion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

 

From the beginning at the Jordan River, it was the approval of God that Jesus appreciated more than the approval of the crowd. And on the cross that dark Friday, it was only the approval of God he truly needed and received. For Jesus, that was enough. God calls you and approves of you. But when will the approval of God, just the approval of God, be enough for each one of us? “Father into your hands I commend my spirit and bowing his head he died.”

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Reflection April 14th

2022-03-31T12:29:02-05:00April 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Holy Thursday
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
John 13:1-15

 

The eternal Son of God acted like a Gentile slave. Kneeling, the One who could beckon the stars to do his bidding, had washed their feet! Royalty had stooped to wash the feet of subjects. What more dramatic way could he have illustrated his own words, “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first, must be your slave”?

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Reflection April 13th

2022-03-31T12:19:10-05:00April 13th, 2022|Reflections|

Wednesday of Holy Week
Matthew 26:14-25

 

We all need to continue that inward journey of not only knowing Jesus as teacher, but also accepting him as the Lord of our life. We are on that interior journey of deepening our relationship with God. Is God truly the Lord of our life? We need to ask ourselves, have I accepted Jesus totally as Messiah and Lord. How close are we to the Kingdom?

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Reflection April 12th

2022-03-31T12:17:09-05:00April 12th, 2022|Reflections|

Tuesday of Holy Week
John 13:21-33,36-38

 

Two great sinners, two infamous sins, two grieving hearts, but how differently the two turned out. Judas gave up. He could see no way out, but to end it all. He left too soon. Peter took a different route. He waited. He waited in shame and despair. And the opportunity came for him to make a fresh start. He saw Jesus again. Jesus would have done the same for Judas.

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Reflection April 11th

2022-03-31T12:14:38-05:00April 11th, 2022|Reflections|

Monday of Holy Week
John 12:1-11

 

Jesus was always giving, always reaching out to minister to the needs of others. He fed the hungry; he gave sight to the blind, voice to the mute, legs to the crippled, health to the lepers. Jesus also teaches us how to receive, a lesson that is more difficult to learn than giving. He allows Mary to anoint his feet. Mary’s need to express her love was greater than his embarrassment.

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Reflection April 10th

2022-03-31T11:58:26-05:00April 10th, 2022|Reflections|

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 

This is the week when the best of God and the worst of humanity collided. Every moment was filled with passion and significance. Our involvement in Christ’s passion may not be as intense as the people we read about in today’s passion. But it is a wonderful opportunity for us to reexamine our lives and our relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone in today’s gospel inter-acted with Jesus. Where are we in this story?

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Reflection April 9th

2022-03-31T11:54:40-05:00April 9th, 2022|Reflections|

John 11:45-56

 

How easy it is, when emotions become involved, to convince ourselves that wrong is somehow right, purely, and simply because we want to do it, and no one is challenging us. That is what the elders of Israel did to themselves. They decided to murder Jesus because for very personal reasons they wanted him out of the way. But instead of admitting that ugly truth, they convinced themselves that they were offering him as a sacrifice in the interest of national security. They would keep their own hands clean by persuading Rome to do their dirty work. Theirs was the ultimate act of self-deception.

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