August 2022

Reflection August 11th

2022-08-02T15:18:19-05:00August 11th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Clare,
Pray for us
Matthew 18:21-19:1

 

We would all feel extremely comfortable if Jesus quantified our doling out forgiveness. Seven times would have been fine! But Jesus reminds us that forgiveness is a way of life. He is saying that if we are keeping score, keeping track of the times we have been offended, we have not even begun the process of forgiveness. Jesus urges us to throw away the score card, the mental ledger where we record who owes us an apology.

Reflection August 10th

2022-08-02T15:15:42-05:00August 10th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Lawrence,
Pray for us
John 12:24-26

 

We are not called to suffer like Lawrence although many Christians are still persecuted for their faith. However, we are all called to serve, putting personal interests at the bottom of our agenda. Service is the basis of sainthood and of daily discipleship. So, let us serve one another with a sense of gladness, as Christ and the saints have served us by giving without counting the cost.

Reflection August 9th

2022-08-02T15:13:30-05:00August 9th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross,
Pray for us
Matthew 18:1-5,10,12-14

 

Matthew’s Jesus hammers home his conviction that greatness in the kingdom of heaven does not hinge on rank or status but on childlikeness. In his society children did not possess any inherent value; they were dependent on others. For Matthew, this is the quality that believers should have toward their God.

Reflection August 8th

2022-07-26T16:31:00-05:00August 8th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Dominic,
Pray for us
Matthew 17:22-27

 

This Gospel story reminds us that Christianity and good citizenship go hand in hand. The Christian who exempts himself/herself from the duties of good citizenship is not only failing in citizenship, but is also failing in Christianity.

Reflection August 7th

2022-07-21T12:02:48-05:00August 7th, 2022|Reflections|

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 12:35-40

This passage reminds us that we need to be round-the-clock followers of Jesus. We need to seize every small opportunity to make his kingdom present. Our lives must always be filled with hope. St. Paul reminds us that our lives must reflect the reality in which we live and move and have our being.

Reflection August 6th

2022-07-21T12:00:38-05:00August 6th, 2022|Reflections|

Transfiguration of the Lord
Luke 9:28-36

We begin by reflecting on the pain and suffering of Jesus as he anticipated his suffering and death. But through prayer, he was able to share this experience with his followers in a new light. Let us follow the example of Jesus and spend more time in prayer and the same kind of transfiguration awaits us who will place ourselves in his presence and loving care of our Father.

Reflection August 5th

2022-07-21T11:58:33-05:00August 5th, 2022|Reflections|

Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
Matthew 16:24-28

Carrying our cross is about being there for those who are less fortunate. It is about self-giving love and God’s transforming love. It is about the giving of ourselves for others without counting the cost. It is all about genuine sacrificial love. Christianity is a religion of love and not rules.

Reflection August 4th

2022-07-21T11:53:51-05:00August 4th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John Vianney,
Pray for us
Matthew 16:13-23

 

“Get behind me Satan.” Evil is never far away, even when we are at our spiritual best. Evil is deceptive, appearing as its own opposite. Evil is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The only chance we have against the subtlety of evil is to stay near to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection August 2nd

2022-07-21T11:46:12-05:00August 2nd, 2022|Reflections|

St. Peter Julian Eymard,
Pray for us
Matthew 14:22-36

 

We are called and we are invited to get out of the boat and walk on the water. We are called to be women and men of great faith. We are called to be where Jesus is, and Jesus is not in the boat. All of us have taken a risk to follow Jesus and be known as Christians. Let us ask for the grace to be where Jesus is, not in the security of the boat, but in the water and wherever he will invite us to be. And do not be afraid.

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