August 2022

Reflection August 31st

2022-08-04T15:50:49-05:00August 31st, 2022|Reflections|

Luke 4:38-44

Are the eyes of our hearts open to see the presence of God in our midst? I think we, too, like the people in the gospel crowd at his door asking for help and in his own way Jesus helps us. But are we tuned in to his presence as he speaks through those around us who are willing to guide us? Pray for the gift of discernment so that we are never distracted into doing the will of the crowd.

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Reflection August 30th

2022-08-04T15:45:28-05:00August 30th, 2022|Reflections|

Luke 4:31-37

Are we intimidated by the world’s standards being sure that we measure up to the world’s expectations? Or are we more concerned about what God expects of us? Do we beg pardon for disturbing peoples’ consciences? Are our choices and decisions based on Gospel values? Let us allow the Spirit of God to permeate our lives and give us the right direction. Then we will share that same authority and conviction which Jesus had.

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Reflection August 29th

2022-08-04T15:28:13-05:00August 29th, 2022|Reflections|

The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Jeremiah 1:17-19

In baptism, we are called to be God’s prophets: to proclaim God’s word of justice, peace, and reconciliation to our broken world. Through the inspiration, dedication, and humility of John the Baptist, may we be faithful to that call and proclaim by the integrity of our lives, God’s reign of compassion, mercy, and righteousness in our midst.

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Reflection August 28th

2022-08-04T15:25:41-05:00August 28th, 2022|Reflections|

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 14:1,7-14

We are not here to impress one another but to love one another. Pope Francis reminds us that the path of the Lord is a road of humility. In other words, imitate Jesus. Notice how he treated everyone with the same respect and love: the blind man at Jericho, the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, the poor woman with the two pennies. In the eyes of God, we are all significant and we do not have to prove it. Whether we sit at the head of the table or put on an apron and serve, we are all special in God’s eyes.

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Reflection August 27th

2022-08-02T15:57:18-05:00August 27th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Monica,
Pray for us
Matthew 25:14-30

 

We are not Christians because of what we believe. We are not Christians because of membership in a church. We are Christians because of and only because of whom we follow and serve; namely Jesus Christ whose name we bear, and we demonstrate that by our acting in trust with what we have received. We must share this life that we are given. It is not about you; it is not about me. It is about all of us together.

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Reflection August 26th

2022-08-02T15:55:26-05:00August 26th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 25:1-13

This is a story about divine delay not only at the end of our life but all throughout our life. It is a reminder that God does not function according to our clocks and calendars. We cannot put the Almighty on a time schedule. Divine delays are an expression, not of rejection, but of love. If somehow, we can see that, our flame of faith will not go out. We will have the extra oil that enables us to rekindle it and keep it burning, during times when we need it most.

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Reflection August 25th

2022-08-02T15:53:35-05:00August 25th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Louis,
Pray for us
Matthew 24:42-51

 

The gospel presents life lived with the expectation of God’s return. We see a picture of a servant living faithfully and carefully while he waits for the return of his own master. What is seen is an image for our own life of faith. We are that servant waiting for the final appearing of our Lord. Although we do not know when the master will return, we are called to live as faithful stewards of the life that the master has entrusted to our care.

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Reflection August 24th

2022-08-02T15:50:20-05:00August 24th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Bartholomew,
Pray for us
John 1:45-51

 

Like Philip, we need to be personally convinced and have a personal relationship with the Lord before we can convincingly bring others to him. We need a deeper appreciation of the scriptures to come close to the Lord. There is room in God’s work and kingdom for the famous and the obscure, the great and the small.

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Reflection August 23rd

2022-08-02T15:48:29-05:00August 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

St. Rose of Lima,
Pray for us
Matthew 23:23-26

 

How easy it is to be more concerned about looking good rather than being good. Many of us wear corrective lenses for near or farsightedness. Without the lenses, everything is out of focus. The Pharisees needed corrective lenses. They were concerned about law and externals rather than the spirit and people. Christianity calls for commitment to God and his people.

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Reflection August 22nd

2022-08-02T15:45:37-05:00August 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Matthew 23:13-22

Before we use this gospel to expose the hypocrisy and inconsistencies in the lives of others, we may miss how these words of Jesus speak to us. Dare we allow Jesus’ words to search the dark corners of our own life of faith? Might we hear Jesus saying woe over us? Are we going through the narrow gate? It is there that Jesus is challenging us to a deeper relationship with him.

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