May 2022

Reflection May 24th

2022-05-17T15:06:48-05:00May 24th, 2022|Reflections|

John 16:5-11

As the Holy Spirit is active in our lives we begin to see much of the folly of our ways and actually bring judgment down on ourselves. Therefore, it is not God who judges us as much as it is we ourselves when we realize how far we have strayed from what is right and beautiful.

Reflection May 23rd

2022-05-17T14:54:52-05:00May 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:26-16:4

Our witness to Jesus may not be as dramatic as that of the early martyrs who were witnessing to strangers and those outside the fold. Today we find ourselves witnessing to fellow Christians, to others within our own community, and that can be a far greater challenge.

Reflection May 22nd

2022-05-17T14:52:00-05:00May 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14:23-29

To be a person of faith does not simply mean believing in God as creator of the universe but experiencing him as a living presence in one another who walks with us on all the roads of life. What a tremendous difference it would make in our lives if we could translate our faith in God from abstract theory to personal experience.

Reflection May 21st

2022-05-17T14:48:34-05:00May 21st, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:18-21

My friends, we are followers of Jesus Christ. We are called to be witnesses of his life in today’s world. If it is not challenging and painful, then we are not doing the job we are supposed to be doing. Yes, we will always feel the pain of living the Gospel if we dare to live it fully.

Reflection May 20th

2022-05-12T16:44:51-05:00May 20th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bernardine of Siena,
Pray for us
John 15:12-17

 

John tells Christians of all times and places that the heart of Christianity is love’s self-forgetfulness and total dedication. John tells us that love has its origin in God. In fact, the person without love does not know God. Paradoxically, it is only by knowing God that we can genuinely love, and it is only by loving that we can come to know God.

Reflection May 19th

2022-05-12T16:42:51-05:00May 19th, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:9-11

It is interesting to hear what is uppermost in the mind of Jesus who is about to die. It is like the reading of the will but before his death. Jesus is telling us what he is leaving behind for us, what was of immense value for him. He bequeaths to the disciples and all of us: love, peace, joy, and friendship.

Reflection May 18th

2022-05-12T16:40:31-05:00May 18th, 2022|Reflections|

John 15:1-8

The vine does everything for the branches. It is the vine that draws sap from the earth and passes it along to the branches. Apart from the vine the branches are empty vessels or conduits withering and lifeless. Depending on our relationship with the vine will determine how we relate with other branches. Is Jesus the source of life for me? How do I pass on this life to others?

Reflection May 17th

2022-05-12T16:39:12-05:00May 17th, 2022|Reflections|

John 14:27-31

The peace of Christ is vastly different from most understandings of peace. Is peace uninterrupted calm? Not the peace of Christ. Is peace the absence of conflict? Not the peace of Christ. The peace of Christ is not the mere absence of something. Peace is the by-product of faith in God. Trusting in God in all circumstances is the key to peace.

Reflection May 16th

2022-05-12T16:36:52-05:00May 16th, 2022|Reflections|

John 14:21-26

Jesus said so clearly and simply: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our dwelling with them.” And so, we are in communion with the Lord, but we are constantly challenged as to how we are in communion with one another, those with whom we live and work, and those whom we serve?

Reflection May 15th

2022-05-12T16:31:35-05:00May 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday of Easter
John 13:31-33,34-35

Jesus loved sacrificially. There was no limit to what his love could do for us and give us. Love can be very painful at times. It can become very demanding. Mother Theresa instructed her novices that their love must be total. She told them: “Let the people eat you up.” Are we a bit resentful in how we dole out our love? Are their strings attached?

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