October 2020

Reflection for October 28

2020-10-01T15:36:41-05:00October 28th, 2020|Reflections|

Saints Simon and Jude – 

All of us here this morning are called in some way to be apostles – followers of Jesus. We are sent with each new day to be his presence. Are there times when we make it difficult for others to see Jesus in us?  We are called to be his ambassadors but how do we represent him through the course of a day.

Reflection for October 27

2020-10-01T15:35:29-05:00October 27th, 2020|Reflections|

Luke is making noticeably clear the imperfections that one will find in the Kingdom of God. Jesus turns over old expectations of what pure and noble religion is. This king is born in a Bethlehem stable, not a Jerusalem palace. This king enters Jerusalem on a donkey, not a chariot pulled by horses. This king finally claims his throne hanging on a cross. It may not look like some people’s idea of God, but in faith we trust this is the Kingdom of God.

Reflection for October 25

2020-10-01T15:33:18-05:00October 25th, 2020|Reflections|

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

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.

Reflection for October 24

2020-10-01T15:32:13-05:00October 24th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Anthony Mary Claret – 

We don’t have too much space to criticize the people of that first century. The blessings of life are a matter of gift, gifts from God which, in turn, we share with others. Blessings are given to us that we might enjoy them but also that we might use them in service to and for others. With every blessing and privilege, there is a responsibility.

Reflection for October 23

2020-10-01T15:30:34-05:00October 23rd, 2020|Reflections|

St. John of Capistrano – 

Are we aware of the presence or the absence of God in our midst? When we observe bullying in leaders which is not of God, we are called upon to speak out. When we see despair in the lives of others, we are challenged to provide comfort. When we encounter those weak in their faith, we must share the gospel message of hope. Are we tuned in to the presence or absence of God and what are we doing about it?

Reflection for October 22

2020-10-01T15:29:38-05:00October 22nd, 2020|Reflections|

St. John Paul II – 

The fire that Jesus speaks of is humble, selfless love: love that can transform our world and us. 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 for October 21

2020-10-01T15:28:25-05:00October 21st, 2020|Reflections|

We are the servants to whom God has entrusted his “house” for the care of those who serve with us. May we embrace Christ’s spirit of humility and gratitude in order to know the fulfillment of being the “faithful and prudent” servant of the Gospel.

Reflection for October 20

2020-10-01T15:27:45-05:00October 20th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Paul of the Cross – 

When the master is welcomed home, he sat the servants at the table and proceeded to wait on them. The master became the servant of the servants. Virtually every organization is structured from the top down, whether we are talking about governments, companies, teams, schools, families or churches? How great it would be if our leaders really served us rather than themselves.

Reflection for October 19

2020-10-01T15:26:54-05:00October 19th, 2020|Reflections|

Sts. John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues – 

The supreme folly of this man, which won him the title “fool,” was that he left God out of the picture. He did not provide the rain, he did not provide the sun or the ground in which the seed was planted, nor did he give life to the seed. All of this was the hand of God. Yet we do not hear him giving thanks to God for all his blessings. Another point of his foolishness is that he never gave thanks.

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