July 2019

Reflection July 23

2019-07-03T20:49:02-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bridget

Matthew 12:46-50

Mark tells us that when Jesus set out on his public mission, his friends tried to restrain him, for they said he was mad (Mark 3:21). Even if a Christian finds that those closest to him or her do not understand, there still remains the fellowship of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of all who love the Lord. I am not sure if any of us reading this is related but I do know for sure that there is something very special which makes me feel very connected with you. And that is our being one in Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for this relationship!

Reflection July 22

2019-07-03T20:48:18-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Mary Magdalene

John 20:1-2, 11-18

What are some of the unexpected ways in which God has appeared to us? Do we even expect to find and see him in our everyday life? Have we missed recognizing him in a street person, a delivery truck driver, a difficult person, a community member who is as irritating as a hair shirt? Have we recognized him in ourselves as we share what we have with the poor, listening to someone in need, comforting the sick, speaking up for those unjustly treated?

Reflection July 21

2019-07-03T20:47:43-05:00July 21st, 2019|Reflections|

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 10:38-42

If Jesus calls and invites himself to dinner how will you handle this situation? He won’t call personally but someone in your life, your friends, the ones you love, might approach you with a need to unburden themselves.  Accept them and be open. What kind of a listener are you? Are you a Martha or a Mary?

Reflection July 20

2019-07-03T20:47:00-05:00July 20th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Apollinaris

Matthew 12:14-21

Jesus rekindled the flame of love in the lives of so many who had been ignored by the rest of society.  His love embraced all. And so, the Pharisees, the moral majority, had some serious problems with him and we see in today’s gospel that they wanted to kill him. Through his son Jesus we have a very good idea of what God is like.  Now since we are created in the image and likeness of God and we call God “our Father” is it easy for others to know what Jesus was like by observing us? I hope we are not depriving others from knowing what Jesus is like.

Reflection July 19

2019-07-03T20:46:12-05:00July 19th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was calling on the Pharisees to examine their priorities: mercy is more important than burnt offerings, human need is more important than silly rules, compassion is more important than tradition.

Our own lives are regulated by laws and traditions. Under normal circumstances we are obligated to obey these laws and observe these customs. But such things are servants, not masters. They are intended to serve human good. When they stand in the way of human good, they must be ignored or changed.

Reflection July 18

2019-07-03T20:45:36-05:00July 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 11:28-30

How does Jesus give rest to the weary and joy to the oppressed? He offers a change of yokes.

For the burden of legalistic religion, he offers a faith of freedom and love. For the yoke of selfish pride, he offers the liberating confidence of humility and trust. For the burden of sin, he offers the joy of forgiveness. Today, let us find rest in Jesus.

Reflection July 17

2019-07-03T20:44:58-05:00July 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 11:25-27

When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the “childlike” he is not saying that our approach to faith should be dumbed down to the level of children.  He is calling us, instead, to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God: love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly, without limit or condition.

Reflection July 16

2019-07-03T20:43:46-05:00July 16th, 2019|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Matthew 11:20-24

What then is the sin of Chorazin and Bethsaida? It was a sin of a people who forgot the responsibility of privilege. To the cities of Galilee had been given a privilege, an opportunity which the other cities did not receive. We cannot condemn one who has gone wrong because of ignorance. But if someone has the chance to know the right, they are responsible.

Reflection July 15

2019-07-03T20:43:02-05:00July 15th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bonaventure

Matthew 10:34-11:1

If we walk with Jesus, part of our journey will be through the fire. He is the disturbing Christ, he is the loving Christ. Yes, Jesus challenges us to a more profound way of life, one that is not superficial. His message will always challenge us to a better way of living.

Reflection July 14

2019-07-03T20:41:59-05:00July 14th, 2019|Reflections|

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 10:25-37

Beware of those in your midst who have a low tolerance level for imperfection in others. When we acknowledge that we are wounded healers we begin to find God as never before. We are called to love. We are called to be good Samaritans. We are wounded healers.