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June 2019

Reflection June 9

2019-06-08T23:07:10-05:00June 9th, 2019|Reflections|

Pentecost Sunday

John 20:19-26

Receiving the Holy Spirit and using it for the benefit of others as Paul says, is not for wimps. In Luke’s account of Pentecost Day, the Spirit arrives with wind, noise and fire. The birth of the church comes with birth pangs. No peaceful, harmless dove flies through the window of the upper room. This is the Pentecost that we need in our church today. Yes, Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. Let’s allow that fiery spirit of God to come alive in our hearts.

Reflection June 8

2019-06-07T23:00:09-05:00June 8th, 2019|Reflections|

John 21:20-25

It seems appropriate on this day before Pentecost that we have an “on your way” message.  Jesus died, the rose from the dead and he ascended into heaven and now it is in our hands to continue this ministry of love and peace.  Our business now is to follow the Lord.  Maybe a set of blinders for every one of us would come in handy.  We might trip and fall flat on our face if we are keeping track of everyone else and not watching our own way.

Reflection June 7

2019-06-10T14:20:14-05:00June 7th, 2019|Reflections|

John 21:15-19

Set free from the world’s limitations we are to feed God’s sheep and to know that in doing so we follow Jesus, even to death. Peter and you and I are asked again and again by our Lord, “Do you love me?” As we bring this Easter Season to a close, our answer is to follow Jesus in lives of witness and of loving, with concrete acts of ministry to all people.

Reflection June 6

2019-06-10T14:19:35-05:00June 6th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Norbert

John 17:20-26

For Jesus, prayer was an affirmation of his faith. “Father, you are in me and I am in you. – Father you sent me into this world.” My life is no accident. It is a sacred trust. We are here to do the work of our Father and the will of God. This is real prayer. It simply reminds us of God’s presence in our lives. It reminds us that our life is a mission from God for others.

Reflection June 5

2019-06-10T14:18:49-05:00June 5th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Boniface

John 17:11-19

Love involves responsibility and sacrifice. Jesus’ love for us is proved in the crucifixion. Our love for one another, if it is a true love, requires responsibility and sacrifice on our part. To feed the lambs is a constant challenge. It presumes that we have what is needed to feed the lambs and so we come to prayer each morning to be fed by Jesus himself that we, in turn, can feed the world.

Reflection June 4

2019-06-10T14:18:07-05:00June 4th, 2019|Reflections|

John 17:1-11

Let your word of peace, of healing, of light take root in our lives, O Lord. Open our hearts to live your word in acts of charity and kindness; open our voices to speak that word in the consolation and forgiveness we can offer, as you have revealed the love of the Father in our midst.

Reflection June 3

2019-06-10T14:17:25-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

John 16:29-33

We are all in the process of becoming. If we could only live with that kind of attitude – that without our knowing God’s providence is working his purposes out even when it is invisible to our eyes. All we need is to trust in God’s providence.

Reflection June 2

2019-06-10T14:16:44-05:00June 2nd, 2019|Reflections|

Feast of the Ascension

Luke 24:46-53

We now become Jesus’ hands which reach out in mercy and love. We now become his voice to share the story of God’s love for his people. It is our duty to “reincarnate” the Lord and carry on his work. Do we understand who we are called to be? The Ascension challenges us to a new life in Christ. Don’t look beyond, look within.

Reflection June 1

2019-06-10T14:15:58-05:00June 1st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Justin

John 16:23-28

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We say that prayer over and over. We begin our Mass, we begin our rosary, we begin prayer with that sign.  Notice, there is no verb in that prayer, there is no subject, there is not object.  It merely sets the stage; it’s like an announcement, a herald, placing ourselves in God’s presence, filling our whole being with the Holy Trinity. It is like saying, God, here I am, I am ready to communicate with you.

May 2019

Reflection May 31

2019-05-23T20:57:41-05:00May 31st, 2019|Reflections|

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

Lord, as we celebrate Mary’s Visitation today may we be inspired by her Magnificat in our work for social justice and peace. We pray for the Church throughout the world, that it may be a voice for those who lack even the basic necessities of life, tirelessly serving them and calling for change. Amen.