July 2021

Reflection for July 18

2021-06-28T13:56:46-05:00July 18th, 2021|Reflections|

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

If we look through the eyes of Jesus I am sure we would see unrealized possibilities in everyone. Jesus looked at Nicodemus and saw that he could be transformed into a better person. He looked at a rugged fisherman who denied him but still saw him as leading the Church. He looked at the woman at the well who had five husbands and saw her as a witness of his cause, a disciple. We need to see others through the eyes of Jesus and maybe we will take pity on the crowd.

Reflection for July 17

2021-06-28T13:55:12-05:00July 17th, 2021|Reflections|

A smoldering wick he will not quench.  Jesus came to fan us into full flame, no matter how weak that smoldering fire might seem.  In fact, Jesus seemed to gravitate toward those whose light of goodness was barely a dying ember. He made special note of Zacchaeus, Mary Magdalen, the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, those who were possessed.

Reflection for July 16

2021-06-28T13:52:16-05:00July 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 

We make the Sabbath holy by doing good on that day. Both worship and work honor the Sabbath, as long as the focus is on God and the neighbor. Worship is not the exclusive point of the Sabbath. Jesus insisted that we must shoulder our moral responsibilities by giving ourselves to a suffering and needy world. And this is worship, too.

Reflection for July 15

2021-06-28T13:48:37-05:00July 15th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Bonaventure – 

The rest that Jesus promises the weary is not the rest of idleness. Rather, Jesus offers the deep calm that comes from a new perspective and a fresh involvement in life. When we take up the yoke of Jesus, we find the center of our lives shifting from ourselves to others. Our concerns are now focused on others rather than ourselves. This is the secret to overcoming weariness and oppression.

Reflection for July 14

2021-06-28T13:46:37-05:00July 14th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Kateri Tekakwitha – 

When Jesus calls his disciples to embrace the simple faith of the “childlike,” he is not saying that our approach to faith should be “dumbed down” to the level of children. He is calling us, instead, to embrace a faith that is centered in the love of God: love that is not compromised by self-interest and rationalization, love that is not measured but given completely and unreservedly, without limit or condition.

Reflection for July 13

2021-06-28T13:45:32-05:00July 13th, 2021|Reflections|

Are we paying attention to the presence of Jesus in our lives? Do we spend time in silence with him? What does this Gospel say to us and our relationships? How often we ignore people or give them the cold shoulder or exclude them from conversation or direct all our attention to one person and ignore the others in the room. We can become so wrapped up in ourselves that we fail to recognize others. If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts.

Reflection for July 12

2021-06-28T13:44:45-05:00July 12th, 2021|Reflections|

We need to understand that Jesus did not take pleasure in conflict. His first preference was always peace. He wept over Jerusalem; he felt sorry for the crowd because they were like sheep without a shepherd; he taught his disciples to turn the other cheek and not fight back. If we walk with him, part of our journey will be through the fire. He is the disturbing Christ and he is the loving Christ. Yes, Jesus challenges us to a more profound way of life. One that is not superficial. His message will always challenge us to a better way of living.

Reflection for July 11

2021-06-28T13:42:54-05:00July 11th, 2021|Reflections|

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

We are a mixture of good and evil but all of us have the potential to become a coworker with the Lord.  Recall the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?  Here I am’ I said, ‘Send me!’” How can we be more spontaneous and excited about committing ourselves to the work of Jesus Christ?  Acknowledge the holiness of God and open your life to share in God’s goodness.  See yourself as purified of the past and confidently directed to the future.

Reflection for July 10

2021-06-28T13:41:21-05:00July 10th, 2021|Reflections|

Have you ever wondered why God created you, and why he created you the way he did? Did you ever take a close look at yourself and reflect on all the talents and abilities you have without comparing yourself with someone else? We have been created in his image and likeness and not that of another human being. Jesus reminds us today that there is a divine purpose for creating us just as we are. Maybe we are not aware of that purpose and plan but God is.

Reflection for July 9

2021-06-28T13:39:00-05:00July 9th, 2021|Reflections|

A person who wants to be a disciple must first of all decide whether he or she can stand up under the crosses that will have to be carried along the way. The lives of the apostles were filled with uncertainty and persecution. The same is true for Christians in every age. Being faithful to Christ and all he stands for does not make us popular. The Eucharist is our strength. It will not take away our feeling of emptiness and uncertainty but it will show us that the eternal reward is worth this pain and suffering.

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