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February 2019

Reflection February 14

2019-01-31T20:17:14-06:00February 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Cyril and Methodius

Mark 7:24-30

The woman in today’s gospel had unbeatable persistence. This woman had the one supremely effective quality in prayer, she was sincere. Prayer for her was no ritual form; it was the outpouring of the passionate desire of her soul, which somehow felt that she could not take no for an answer.

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Reflection February 13

2019-01-31T20:15:16-06:00February 13th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:14-23

Jesus had far harsher words of condemnation for the spiritually proud than for the sensually fallen.He did not approve of the sins of the flesh any more than the sins of the heart. Both stand in the way of a loving relationship to God and neighbor. But he found sins of the heart bigger obstacles to loving God and others because these sins are often the sins of what might be called the “respectable sins of respectable people,” people who are scarcely aware of the damage they do.

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Reflection February 12

2019-01-31T20:13:27-06:00February 12th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 7:1-13

This grace of freedom which Jesus was offering could not be accepted by the Pharisees. And so, Jesus passed on this sense of freedom to his disciples. Jesus was dealing with a system which put rules and regulations before human need. We all need rules and regulations but they have a place in our lives and never take precedence over compassion and love for one another. 

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Reflection February 11

2019-01-31T20:11:56-06:00February 11th, 2019|Reflections|

Our Lady of Lourdes

Mark 6:53-56

Jesus does not judge the motives of the people in today’s gospel. Jesus’ response is to heal their suf­fering and help them on the road to a deeper faith. They seek nothing but their own physical needs, not a life-changing faith in the gospel of Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus addresses their immediate needs and is not concerned about their interior conversion, obviously trusting that his Father will provide the rest.

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Reflection February 10

2019-01-31T20:08:45-06:00February 10th, 2019|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 5:1-11

In our own lives there are moments when we perceive ourselves as empty and not worthy of God’s love but we are restored through the compassion of another who has been there and has been transformed by God’s love. And it is through our own brokenness that we can compassionately encourage another person to accept God’s love. 

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Reflection February 9

2019-01-31T20:07:00-06:00February 9th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 6:30-34

Jesus feels sorry for the people who seem to be aimlessly wandering around. Yes, sheep without a shepherd, a ship without a rudder. Without time for ourselves and those we love, our families and the significant people in our lives could become “sheep without a shepherd,” families without parents, parents without children, friends without friends.  In short, we could become people without people. 

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Reflection February 8

2019-01-31T20:05:32-06:00February 8th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Jerome Emiliani, St. Josephine Bakhita

Mark 6:14-29

Like John the Baptist, we too have a responsibility to speak out and respect our own conscience, to make the truth known, to repair the boat and keep all of us from sinking. We need to take action to repair the damage our world suffers because of an evil and selfish atmosphere. We need to pray for courage and pray for all of our present day prophets who bring Christ’s message to this world.

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Reflection February 7

2019-01-31T20:04:00-06:00February 7th, 2019|Reflections|

Mark 6:7-13

Now it is our turn to cooperate and be co‑workers with the Lord.  We have both the privilege and responsibility.  He is sending us out as he sent his apostles to share that love and concern with this generation.  A clear understanding of that truth would put a sense of purpose in our daily living.

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Reflection February 6

2019-01-31T20:02:23-06:00February 6th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Paul Miki and Companions

Mark 6:1-6

If people have come together loving Christ and seeking to love one another, even those most widely separated can come together in Jesus Christ. There is laid on us the tremendous responsibility, that we can either help or hinder the work of Jesus. It depends on our attitude and our sense of humble openness.

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Reflections February 5

2019-01-31T19:57:41-06:00February 5th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Agatha

Mark 5:21-43

Jesus reminds us that so much of the power we see in this gospel is within us and it is called faith. We need to live as though we really believed. Faith is a relationship with the Lord. It is a personal encounter. He is the breath within our breath, the love within our love, and the life within our life. It was Jesus who said: “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Humility, love, faith. It is all ours!

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