August 2022

Reflection August 21st

2022-08-02T15:42:36-05:00August 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 13:22-30

The narrow gate of which Jesus speaks is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness; we can only enter by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. And Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the narrow gate will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of our Father.

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Reflection August 20th

2022-08-02T15:40:56-05:00August 20th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bernard,
Pray for us
Matthew 23:1-12

 

How humble are we? How approachable are we? Do we lord it over others because of our intelligence or because we have a slightly higher position? Are we embroiled in power struggles because we think we are better than the next person? This lack of humility can come through at all levels not only by those at the top. At times we think we are better because we go to Mass every day or make Holy Hours every day. The Pharisees’ big mistake was their pride in how they practiced their religion.

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Reflection August 19th

2022-08-02T15:38:44-05:00August 19th, 2022|Reflections|

St. John Eudes,
Pray for us
Matthew 22:34-40

 

There are people who are not easy to love. There are people who do not appreciate anything we do for them and who even take advantage of us. Adam Grant in his book Give and Take speaks of the givers and takers. So, if we try to love the ‘takers’ for their own sake, we will give up in disgust or despair. So why should we love all people? Simply because God does.

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Reflection August 18th

2022-08-02T15:35:20-05:00August 18th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 22:1-14

The wedding garment expected of us is the life-long personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ. We are weaving our garments by the way we live each day. The proper wedding garment must include an attitude of kindness and love, of mutual respect and forgiveness, a life of generosity to the less fortunate, and a life of selflessness.

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Reflection August 17th

2022-08-02T15:32:57-05:00August 17th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 20:1-16

Transform us, O God, into a people of gratitude. Help us to embrace a perspective that sees your hand at work in all things and realize the good things with which you have blessed our lives. In appreciating what we have received, may we begin to fill the emptiness and poverty of our lives.

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Reflection August 16th

2022-08-02T15:31:12-05:00August 16th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Stephen of Hungary,
Pray for us
Matthew 19:23-30

 

Jesus’ words cut right through the world so many people strive for and the world we know. Life in the Kingdom is a gift from God, received with open hands. Clutching an armload of assets makes it impossible to receive God’s life. But in a world where people are more concerned about finances how can we loosen our grip and empty our hands to receive God’s grace? For God, all things are possible, even loosening our grip to be open and receive God’s life.

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Reflection August 15th

2022-08-02T15:28:22-05:00August 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1:39-56

The song of praise we hear in today’s Gospel, the Magnificat, is the result of a woman of deep prayer and recognition of God in creation. All throughout her song of praise, she sees the hand of God in places where we would not expect to find him. On this feast, we realize that what God has done for Mary is what God desires for us.

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Reflection August 14th

2022-08-02T15:25:23-05:00August 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 12:49-53

 

The fire that Jesus speaks of is humble, selfless love: love that can transform our world and us. But, as Jesus warns us, it is a love that is often at odds with the demands and expectations of the world, a faith that does not fit neatly into philosophical and political camps.

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Reflection August 13th

2022-08-02T15:22:29-05:00August 13th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 19:13-15

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.

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Reflection August 12th

2022-08-02T15:20:10-05:00August 12th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Jane Frances de Chantal,
Pray for us
Matthew 19:3-12

 

Lord, may we put aside the false idols in today’s world which stand in the way of our being faithful to the God who made us. We place our hope in you, that your love will set us on a path of peace and hope. Amen.

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