August 2019

Reflection August 25

2019-08-05T14:35:27-05:00August 25th, 2019|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 13:22-30

The “narrow door” to God is difficult to enter. It is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness; it can only be entered by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. But Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the “narrow door” will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of his Father.

Reflection August 24

2019-08-05T14:34:34-05:00August 24th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bartholomew

John 1:45-51

Once we believe, we bring others to Jesus and get out of the way so that they can believe. God gives us the person who is in need of a kind word, the person who needs someone who will listen, the person who needs to be consoled, etc. God works through us to draw another person to faith in Christ. We must be careful not to get in the way of God’s work.

Reflection August 23

2019-08-05T14:33:34-05:00August 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. Rose of Lima

Matthew 22:34-40

Sometimes love asks us to put aside our own dreams for those we love in order to enable them to realize their own dreams. Love can demand that we swallow our own disappointments and hurts in order to forgive, to support, to lift up. Love can require us to check our own pain in order to alleviate another’s hurt. That is exactly the way God loves us: always ready to forgive and restore and welcome us back despite the incredibly stupid and hateful things we do.

Reflection August 22

2019-08-05T14:32:23-05:00August 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 22:1-14

Today’s story, like the whole Gospel, is a decision story. Will we accept God’s invitation each day to draw closer to him? How interested are we and how committed are we to our faith? Will we make the sacrifice to live the Catholic-Christian life each day? The greatest danger is simply ignoring the invitation.

Reflection August 21

2019-08-05T14:31:04-05:00August 21st, 2019|Reflections|

St. Pius X

Matthew 20:1-16

My friends, there is an element of unfairness in this world. We sometimes get worse or less than we deserve. This is true. But we sometimes get more or better than we deserve. If we kept score, I suspect we would discover that, for most of us, the balance is in our favor. So maybe today we should all pause for a moment take a look at our lives and not that of others and then thank God for the goodness he has placed in us.

Reflection August 20

2019-08-05T14:30:04-05:00August 20th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Bernard

Matthew 19:23-30

Riches tend to make us selfish. However much a person has, that person always wants more. The struggle to maintain what we have and to acquire more makes our life a strenuous struggle. Jesus did not say that it was impossible for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Zacchaeus was one of the richest men in Jericho, yet he found the way in. On what are we focused?

Reflection August 19

2019-08-05T14:28:58-05:00August 19th, 2019|Reflections|

St. John Eudes

Matthew 19:16-22

It becomes very clear in this gospel that the essence of eternal life is not a carefully calculated keeping of the commandments and the rules and the regulations. Eternal life is based on an attitude of loving and sacrificial generosity toward our fellow human beings. We will find eternal life, peace of mind, joy, serenity of heart in sharing God’s attitude of love and care to all those around us.

Reflection August 18

2019-08-05T14:27:43-05:00August 18th, 2019|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:49-53

The Gospel calls us to risk power, prestige and even acceptance for the sake of the “fire” of equality, justice, compassion and reconciliation that every individual possesses by virtue of being a son and daughter of God. We pray today that we may be transformed in the “fire” of God’s selfless love. We need to take on the “risks” of living our baptisms so that we may be sources of healing and the means of peace in our communities.

Reflection August 17

2019-08-05T14:26:33-05:00August 17th, 2019|Reflections|

Matthew 19:13-15

It is the gifts of children that we need to rediscover; simplicity, a sense of dependency, humility, lightheartedness, inquisitiveness and any other virtue or trait that you can imagine in a child. Let’s set aside our sophistication and bow our heads to be touched by the hands of Jesus.

Reflection August 16

2019-08-05T14:25:31-05:00August 16th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Stephen of Hungary

Matthew 19:3-12

My friends, the beginning and foundation of a solid spirituality is to accept myself with all its limitations and to be who I am. So many souls miss their chance of great holiness not because they are in the wrong place and know it, but because they are in the right place and will not admit it.