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February 2019

Reflection February 24

2019-01-31T20:35:38-06:00February 24th, 2019|Reflections|

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:27-38

Our personal prayer has the capacity to transform us. Each time we come to the Lord in prayer, God enters our lives and changes us. My friends, transfigurations are taking place all around us: in the sacraments especially in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in our personal and communal prayer.  God enters our lives and we are transfigured and with his grace we can begin to leap toward holiness.

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Reflection February 23

2019-01-31T20:34:00-06:00February 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Polycarp

Mark 9:2-13

Our personal prayer has the capacity to transform us. Each time we come to the Lord in prayer – God enters our lives and changes us. My friends, transfigurations are taking place all around us: in the sacraments especially in the Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in our personal and communal prayer.  God enters our lives and we are transfigured – and with his grace we can begin to leap toward holiness.

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Reflection February 22

2019-01-31T20:32:06-06:00February 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

Matthew 16:13-19

Jesus took a poll to find out what others thought about him, what others were saying of him. So, who do people say you are as a Christ follower?  It would be interesting for all of us to take a poll; kind of an evaluation of ourselves by our peers, by those with whom we live and work as to our life as a follower of Christ.  It takes a lot of courage to hear how people perceive us.

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Reflection February 21

2019-01-31T20:30:00-06:00February 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Peter Damian

Mark 8:27-33

St Therese of Lisieux remarked that she always attempted to see only the present moment, forgetting the past and taking good care not to anticipate the future. May we try to follow the example of Jesus and the saints by living in the present moment. Today, may we remember that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. Perhaps that is why it is called the present. 

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Reflection February 20

2019-01-31T20:28:26-06:00February 20th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:22-26

Throughout human history, God reveals himself progressively. The Bible itself is a record of this long journey. It is a long way from the religion of fear to the religion of love. It’s a long way from worshiping God with burnt offerings to worshiping God through good works. We are all in the process of becoming. With God’s grace we will continue to great work he has begun in us.

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Reflection February 19

2019-01-31T20:27:03-06:00February 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:14-21

Jesus tells the disciples “Keep your eyes open!” When we look at others, do we recognize the faces of our brothers and sisters? Or, to put it another way, do we recognize the face of Jesus in our brothers and sisters? One of the challenges of being a Christian is to see the face of Jesus in others. Today, may the light of Jesus take away any blindness so that we can recognize the face of Jesus in everyone we meet.

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Reflection February 18

2019-01-31T20:25:01-06:00February 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:11-13

Our lives are filled with signs of God’s love; our families, communities and friends who love and support us, the wonders of creation, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the beauty of a sunrise or sunset, a child’s smile, the grace of someone’s kindness, support and forgiveness. What we doneed is the openness of heart and the vision of faith to realize those signs in our midst.

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Reflection February 17

2019-01-31T20:21:56-06:00February 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:17,20-26

Our passage today is a series of bombshells, each one is such a challenge. Quite literally, these statements, known as beatitudes, take the accepted standards of this world and turn them upside down. We are faced all through life with a choice, the beatitudes of Christ or the attitudes of the world. What will be our choice not only for today but for the rest of our lives?

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Reflection February 16

2019-01-31T20:20:09-06:00February 16th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 8:1-10

From the beginning of Christian belief, our tradition has seen in the feeding of the crow­d, Christ’s gift of himself­ in the Eucharist. But the world still hungers, people are still in need. Following our participation in Mass, what do we take with us for the rest of the world that is waiting, for our community with whom we live? The fragments are in our possession. Will we carry with us the Lord’s compassion and love or are we still handing out petrified crumbs of indifference? 

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Reflection February 15

2019-01-31T20:18:38-06:00February 15th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:31-37

In this brief passage we have so much to learn from Jesus in regard to our dealings with one another. In our relationships how many times are we gruff, insensitive, downright nasty, making people ill at ease and more embarrassed. Are we more concerned about being correct and known for our accuracy in all things, or are we more concerned about being considerate of the ones we serve?

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