July 2022

Reflection July 4th

2022-06-21T16:37:10-05:00July 4th, 2022|Reflections|

Independence Day
Matthew 9:18-26

Once again, we need to ask ourselves some very hard 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, it is our faith that helps us face the ultimate issues in life. But faith requires dependency on our God. So today, we thank God for being with us and we thank God for our independence as a nation!
Happy Independence Day!

Reflection July 3rd

2022-06-21T16:31:56-05:00July 3rd, 2022|Reflections|

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10:1-12,17-20

The kingdom of God needs to be obvious in you and me! How approachable am I? Can people feel comfortable and be themselves with me? Do I exude love and peace? Besides all my struggles to be holy can I reach out and assist others on their spiritual journey? That is what Jesus is looking for. People who will be so full of God and not full of themselves.

Reflection July 2nd

2022-06-21T16:29:14-05:00July 2nd, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 9:14-17

If you have a challenging time appreciating religion in your life maybe it is because there is not enough life in your understanding of religion, the life of those in need. Let us fast from our needs and reach out to others in need for the bridegroom is with us.

Reflection July 1st

2022-06-21T16:27:45-05:00July 1st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Junipero Serra,
Pray for us
Matthew 9:9-13

 

This gospel describes how the reign of God can break down the walls that divide the human family. The main point of this passage is not the call of Matthew but the call of a tax-collector, a despised character, a sinner. We pray that we will always be open to where God’s Spirit leads us, that we will continue to take the risk to follow him each day, and fully appreciate everyone else whom Jesus has called. I am so comforted with the words of Jesus: “I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

June 2022

Reflection June 30th

2022-06-21T16:23:53-05:00June 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 9:1-8

As followers of Jesus, we are part of a great community. Even when we have lost faith and hope, this great community of believers bears us up to Christ to for forgiveness and healing. We are called to be the friends who bring one another to the Lord so that he can give us what we cannot give ourselves, a new life.

Reflection June 29th

2022-06-21T16:22:07-05:00June 29th, 2022|Reflections|

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us
Matthew 16:13-19

 

We all are sinners as Peter and Paul. We at times like Peter have denied Jesus through our sins of human weakness or we were negatively critical of the Church as Paul. But despite our human faults and failings Jesus still counts on you and me as he did with Peter and Paul to get his message across to the world in which we live. Jesus always works through imperfect human beings because there is no other kind. Yes, we might be the only Gospel that others will ever read.

Reflection June 28th

2022-06-21T16:19:29-05:00June 28th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Irenaeus,
Pray for us
Matthew 8:23-27

 

The meaning of this story is far greater than stilling a weather storm. The meaning is that wherever Jesus is, the storms of life become calm. It means that in His presence there is peace. When the cold bleak wind of sorrow blows, there is comfort in the presence of Jesus Christ. When the storms of doubt seek to uproot the very foundation of faith, there is a steady safety in the presence of Jesus Christ. In every storm that shakes the human heart, there is peace with Jesus Christ.

Reflection June 27th

2022-06-21T16:17:23-05:00June 27th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Cyril of Alexandria,
Pray for us
Matthew 8:18-22

 

Today’s Gospel challenges us to realize the gap that exists between our claim to follow Jesus and how far we are willing to go with him. Jesus calls us to follow him out of our comfort zones to bring healing and peace to difficult conditions, to follow him into situations and places that will exact a heavy price from us, when the teachings of Jesus conflict with the easier, safer, and less painful course.

Reflection June 26th

2022-06-21T16:08:25-05:00June 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,
Luke 9:51-62

Some Christians get upset by Atheists. But when you think about it, prejudice contradicts the Christian faith more blatantly than Atheism ever could. So how we manage the pain of rejection, and the pain of disappointment will determine how faithful we are to our calling. Jesus summed it up so well: “Whoever puts his hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

Reflection June 25th

2022-05-31T17:00:41-05:00June 25th, 2022|Reflections|

The Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us
Luke 2:41-51

 

Mary is the Mother of God, but in this story, she is also the mother of a lost boy, and she is responsible for him, and she loves him, and so she goes looking for him. She lived by faith. She speaks tenderly: “Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And Mary kept all these things in her heart, pondering over them.

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