July 2020

Reflection for July 11

2020-07-11T06:25:57-05:00July 11th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Benedict – 

Do you realize that if we were an endangered species we would have our very own bumper sticker? It would read: ‘SAVE THE HUMANS.’ But since there are about 5 billion of us on this earth, there isn’t too much concern and so we continue to pulverize unborn infants in the womb of the mother, some nations continue to terrorize the world by killing thousands of people at one time. In spite of the fact that there are billions of us; in the eyes of Jesus everyone is important and a rare treasure.

Reflection for July 10

2020-07-10T02:21:18-05:00July 10th, 2020|Reflections|

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells his apostles that their mission will involve striking a delicate balance: On one hand, they have to be cunning and shrewd as serpents, and on the other hand they have to be innocent like doves. The apostles’ assertiveness in proclaiming that the reign of God is at hand will naturally invite persecution. Yet their sensitivity, their “dove-likeness” will call forth the inner strength of the Holy Spirit.

Reflection for July 9

2020-07-09T01:07:55-05:00July 9th, 2020|Reflections|

Matthew’s Gospel presents us with four aspects of the ancient method of evangelization: proclamation, giving without cost, relying upon others, offering peace. While the specifics have changed, such as not wearing sandals, the general principles remain the same. The best way to evangelize is to make sure that we are living the very gospel we invite others to share.

Reflection for July 8

2020-07-08T03:07:52-05:00July 8th, 2020|Reflections|

We change the world by changing ourselves thus changing the world around us. Each of us can be world-changers if we are willing to set realistic goals and exert reasonable effort. If we create one thing of beauty we have changed the world. Let us do our part in restoring peace in our lives, our families, our cities, our world.

Reflection for July 7

2020-07-07T01:35:03-05:00July 7th, 2020|Reflections|

When two wrongs come together, they never give birth to a right. When anger is met with anger, it only leads to more anger. When hatred is matched with hatred, it plants the seeds for a continuing harvest of hate. These cycles of evil are only broken when some person or group has the courage to respond to evil with good. “All it takes is one good person to restore hope.” (Pope Francis)

Reflection for July 6

2020-07-06T00:01:55-05:00July 6th, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Maria Goretti – 

Once again we need to ask ourselves some profound questions:  Who am I? Why am I here in this world and this moment of history?  Where am I going? What are God’s plans for me? And through it all remembering it is our Faith that helps us to face the ultimate issues in life. But Faith requires dependency.  Are we still struggling to be independent!

Reflection for July 5

2020-07-03T17:30:31-05:00July 5th, 2020|Reflections|

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

“Come to me and I will give you rest.” The invitation from Jesus is quite uncomplicated:  No questions asked. You don’t have to worry about who is going to be there. You don’t have to be concerned about who will be at your table. You don’t have to bring a gift. You don’t have to travel to any place special. Just open your heart and accept his love and comfort.

Reflection for July 4

2020-07-03T17:28:22-05:00July 4th, 2020|Reflections|

If our life of faith has no sense of joy, if it’s mostly a burden then maybe we need to examine our understanding of God. This was the problem of the people in today’s gospel. In their own way, they were deeply religious. Their criticism of Jesus was based upon a misconception of God. Jesus believed and taught that God was a wise and loving Father who wanted his children to experience life at its best. It was a revolutionary concept of God.  No one had ever dared believe this before and I often wonder if we even believe it today.

Reflection for July 3

2020-07-02T23:50:42-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Reflections|

Saint Thomas – 

Thomas was a man profound virtue: He absolutely refused to say he believed when he did not believe. Thomas would never say that he understood what he did not understand. Tennyson wrote: “There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me than in half the creeds.” A faith like Thomas’ faith is better than any glib profession.

Reflection for July 2

2020-07-02T00:55:16-05:00July 2nd, 2020|Reflections|

Forgiveness and healing are closely linked in this passage and throughout Jesus’ ministry because restored heath, something that can be proven as true, is intended to deepen our trust that forgiveness, not so easily proven, is equally true. In both cases through forgiveness and healing God reveals the deep desire to restore wholeness to our life and to the life of the world.