October 2019

Reflection for October 30

2019-10-08T12:15:57-05:00October 30th, 2019|Reflections|

The “narrow door” to God is difficult to enter: it is the way of limitless love, unconditional forgiveness, sacrificial selflessness; it can only be entered by letting go of our control, our pride, our self-absorption, our cynicism. But Jesus promises that anyone willing to struggle through the “narrow door” will be welcomed into the eternal dwelling place of his Father.

Reflection for October 29

2019-10-08T12:13:58-05:00October 29th, 2019|Reflections|

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 28

2019-10-08T12:08:14-05:00October 28th, 2019|Reflections|

Saints Simon and Jude – 

All of us 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. How do we represent him through the course of a day?

Reflection for October 27

2019-10-08T11:54:50-05:00October 27th, 2019|Reflections|

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

The Pharisee and the Publican come to the temple to pray. How ironic that the one man falsely judges his brother to be a great sinner and is himself condemned by Jesus, while the other man who claims to be a sinner is himself highly praised by Jesus.

 

Reflection for October 26

2019-10-08T11:45:42-05:00October 26th, 2019|Reflections|

We do not 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 25

2019-10-08T11:44:09-05:00October 25th, 2019|Reflections|

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 24

2019-10-08T11:43:22-05:00October 24th, 2019|Reflections|

St. Anthony Mary Claret – 

Let us 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. We are either for him or against him. The choice is ours.

Reflection for October 23

2019-10-08T11:36:04-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Reflections|

St. John of Capistrano – 

My friends we can become so smug as individuals and as community. And in our smugness we can become so self-centered and begin to think that everyone should walk in our footsteps. We become so engrossed in proclaiming ourselves and our rights and our privileges rather than proclaiming Jesus to the world.

Reflection for October 22

2019-10-08T11:34:57-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Reflections|

St. John Paul II  – 

Traditions are good, and we should enjoy the sense of continuity they bring to our lives. But we also need to seek out newness and change, because this is where God lives. “Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. Tradition lives in conversation with the past, while remembering where we are and when we are and that it is we who have to decide.” Jaroslav Pelikan

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Reflection for October 21

2019-10-08T11:33:39-05:00October 21st, 2019|Reflections|

Do we really and truly appreciate the people around us as if this were their last day or our last day? We would not want to be remembered as foolish? Do we really appreciate our prosperity, appreciate it enough to share it with others so as not to be labeled as a fool? Do we thank God each day for all that we have, for all that He has given us?

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