October 2021

Reflection for October 24

2021-09-28T14:15:21-05:00October 24th, 2021|Reflections|

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Insight is vastly different from physical sight. Insight involves a deeply intuitive yet accurate understanding of something or someone. Jesus’ life and teachings are available to almost everyone who cares to learn of him. But you, as an individual person, may have insight into Jesus’ deeper meaning for your life and your understanding of God. Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit is discernment, which is insight into the deeper truths and spiritual meanings of our encounters and experiences.

Reflection for October 23

2021-09-28T14:12:53-05:00October 23rd, 2021|Reflections|

St. John of Capistrano, pray for us – 

In our materialistic society, we think of privilege in terms of money, rank, and position. We are, indeed a very privileged people but what are we producing?  Might the parable of the fig tree be addressed to us? The people in today’s gospel looked at their fortunate circumstance, compared it with those victims of tragedy, and automatically concluded that they, themselves, were more deserving people. An honest answer will show that privilege is no sign of superiority. It is, instead, a cause for gratitude and a reason for humility. So, what are we doing with this privileged life? Is it bearing any fruit? What of it are we sharing with the not so privileged?

Reflection for October 22

2021-09-28T14:11:09-05:00October 22nd, 2021|Reflections|

St. John Paul II, pray for us – 

Are we aware of the presence or the absence of God in our midst? When we observe injustice in the business arena, we are called upon to speak out. When we see despair in the lives of others, we are challenged to provide some measure of comfort. When we encounter those weak in their faith, we must feel compelled to share the gospel message to some degree.  Are we tuned in to the presence or absence of God and what are we doing about it?

Reflection for October 21

2021-09-28T14:05:27-05:00October 21st, 2021|Reflections|

Let’s never forget the real Jesus Christ, the one who said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled” also said, “I have come to light a fire on the earth. I have come for division.” If we walk with him, part of our journey will be through the fire. He is the disturbing Christ. he is the loving Christ. He challenges us to a more profound way of life. One that is not superficial.

Reflection for October 20

2021-09-28T13:37:28-05:00October 20th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Paul of the Cross, pray for us – 

We have all been given gifts by God. They might not be what we want or all that we want, but nonetheless, everyone has received one or more blessings from God. The meaning of our lives is realized in how we can put those blessings to use for the sake of others and to discover Christ himself in those we are privileged to serve.

Reflection for October 19

2021-09-28T13:35:48-05:00October 19th, 2021|Reflections|

St. John de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues, pray for us – 

Luke’s Gospel describes a situation so new it turns tradition on its head. The Master comes home and waits on his faithful servants. Jesus is both the honoree and the host. But Jesus added a surprise wrinkle to this story to make an important point. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. We are to be busy doing the Lord’s work when he returns, and no one is exempt from such service. The master no less than his servants is expected to serve the needs of others.

Reflection for October 18

2021-09-28T13:34:02-05:00October 18th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Luke, pray for us – 

We know that Luke accompanied the apostle Paul on his missionary journeys. Luke was a physician, so as Paul’s traveling companion, he probably saw after his medical needs. While in prison awaiting trial Paul discovered that he could still preach the gospel, even though he was in chains. Instead of cursing what appeared to be bad luck, Paul used his transfer to Rome as a way of taking the gospel to the very heart of the world of his time. It might never have happened without a friend like Luke.

Reflection for October 17

2021-09-28T13:32:35-05:00October 17th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Jesus did not rebuke James and John. There is no hint that he was offended with their request. But he tried to teach them the true meaning of greatness. Jesus did not discourage personal ambition among his followers. He spent much of his time teaching ordinary people that they were important. Jesus believed that all people had the capacity for greatness, but some seek it in the wrong ways like lording it over others and using the power of authority.

Reflection for October 16

2021-09-28T13:30:31-05:00October 16th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us – 

Courage is what Jesus calls for in today’s gospel. He tells his followers that they have nothing to fear in the face of persecution if they remain committed. He promises that the Holy Spirit will enable them to endure great difficulties. They need not worry about opposition from others. In giving a Christ-like response to some of life’s problems we openly declare our acceptance of Jesus’ invitation to be among his followers.

Reflection for October 15

2021-09-28T13:28:42-05:00October 15th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Teresa of Jesus, pray for us – 

This passage is an invitation to growth in the spiritual life. We cannot spend our entire life standing on the periphery of the crowd being satisfied with loving words and soft assurances. We need to move in closer at the invitation of Jesus to become more deeply involved in his life. We need to be quiet and listen to his straightforward message to us.

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