January 2022

Reflection for January 25

2021-12-16T16:16:24-06:00January 25th, 2022|Reflections|

The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle – 

Jesus changes persecutors into proclaimers and doubters into disciples. This is how God works throughout the Scriptures. God takes the nothingness of darkness and chaos and creates a world. God begins re-creation of that same world though the emptiness of a virgin’s womb. In the same way, the Risen Christ makes believers and messengers out of faithless people.

Reflection for January 24

2021-12-16T16:14:30-06:00January 24th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us – 

Gracious Father may your compassion and wisdom be the source of humanity’s unity and peace. In taking on the work of reconciliation that your Son has entrusted to us, may we rediscover our need for one another and begin to bring healing and justice to those issues and questions that divide us.

Reflection for January 23

2021-12-16T16:12:52-06:00January 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

As followers of Jesus, we have received the power of the Spirit. We have been anointed to carry the message of evangelizing healing and freeing, bearing a message of hope to the world. We are the body of Jesus visible today. Do we have enough faith in ourselves to believe that all this is once again fulfilled in us each day? Do we believe in this fulfillment, which we have all received?

Reflection for January 22

2021-12-16T16:10:41-06:00January 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Jesus is always speaking of peace; a peace comes from trust and faith in God. In his moments of trial Jesus always seemed to have the strength that was needed, a strength that flowed from his time spent with his Father in prayer. His life was a prayer. And the same is true for us. Like Jesus, we need to return repeatedly to moments of solitude and conversation with our God.

Reflection for January 21

2021-12-16T16:09:30-06:00January 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Agnes, pray for us – 

The work of carrying the gospel is not reserved for the elite few, for the deep thinkers alone, or for the skilled activists. We are all called by Christ to drive out every evil force from our poor, afflicted world. All are called to heal the wounds inflicted by careless society; all are called to point the way to the one who is the way, the truth, and the life.

Reflection for January 20

2021-12-16T16:07:55-06:00January 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Saints Fabian and Sebastian, pray for us – 

“If you wish to become a contemplative, a listener, a doer of God’s Word, you must learn to encounter God in deep silence and solitude. It is most in peaceful quietness, as you enter in your heart that you can enter God’s presence. As you meet God in such quiet of God’s loving presence, you will learn how to live more consciously aware of God’s presence in your hours of busy activities throughout the day.”
(Fr. George Maloney, SJ)

Reflection for January 19

2021-12-16T16:05:41-06:00January 19th, 2022|Reflections|

God has created us in his image of love and invites us to a relationship with him and with one another centered in his compassion and grace. Jesus says that to do good for others out of love is the heart of faith and the most meaningful Sabbath prayer we can offer. It is such joy and peace that should keep us centered in Jesus.

Reflection for January 18

2021-12-16T16:04:46-06:00January 18th, 2022|Reflections|

If the performance of our religion prevents us from helping someone in need, then our religion is not religion at all. It might be worth our while to examine our conscience. There are those who are protectors of rules and regulations to the point of smothering life and creativity in others. We are all answerable for the times we put law, rule, and regulation over people. Be careful not to be too critical of the Pharisees.

Reflection for January 17

2021-12-16T16:03:49-06:00January 17th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Anthony, pray for us – 

A new patch and an old garment are incompatible. New wine and old wineskins are incompatible. Jesus does not offer these domestic proverbs to provide sewing tips for James and John or wine storage tips for Peter and Andrew. Jesus offers these proverbs to point to the gospel message. God’s kingdom is present in Jesus, and the old patterns of religions cannot contain Christ’s new ways.

Reflection for January 16

2021-12-16T16:02:15-06:00January 16th, 2022|Reflections|

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

We might be tempted to see the Gospel for today only as a miracle of Jesus turning water into wine, but the focus of the gospel is not on the water into wine, as we might first think. The real focus of the gospel is on the change of the disciples into believers.

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