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April 2020

Reflection for April 6

2020-03-26T20:17:09-05:00April 6th, 2020|Reflections|

Monday of Holy Week – 

Judas in this incident is full of duplicity and greed. His heart is empty except for his self-centered cunning. We see clearly that it is impossible to conceal from Jesus what is in our hearts. He sees more accurately than we do whether our hearts are loving or not. Whatever is done from a loving heart is pleasing to God. As we enter into this most holy week of the heart it might serve us well to do a “heart-check”! How closely are we identified with the heart of Christ?

Reflection for April 5

2020-03-26T20:15:15-05:00April 5th, 2020|Reflections|

Palm Sunday – 

You and I are all part of this drama. Our involvement in Christ’s passion may not be as intense as the people we read about in today’s passion. But it is a great opportunity for us to reexamine our lives and our relationship with Jesus Christ. Everyone in today’s gospel inter-acted with Jesus. Where and who are we in this story?

Reflection for April 4

2020-03-26T20:13:58-05:00April 4th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Isidore – 

We are all aware that it’s wrong to deceive other people; but I wonder if we have considered that it’s equally wrong to deceive ourselves. A sizeable share of human energy is spent on the sad art of self-deception, manipulating our thoughts in order to justify the things we have done or plan to do. How easy it is when emotions become involved, to convince ourselves that wrong is somehow right, purely and simply because we want to do it, and no one is challenging us.

Reflection for April 3

2020-03-26T20:11:59-05:00April 3rd, 2020|Reflections|

To which place do we tend to withdraw from our pain and suffering and seek some solitude and silence? It might be a physical place or it might be the inner chamber of our heart. There in that place we wait upon the Lord in our emptiness. Through the gift of faith we are convinced that God is there, a mighty champion, a beloved friend, and a healing redeemer.

Reflection for April 2

2020-03-26T20:10:56-05:00April 2nd, 2020|Reflections|

St. Francis of Paola – 

We need to stop postponing eternal life. There is only one condition to live this life of which Jesus speaks, and that is, we need to be true to his word; his word reminding us to love one another, his word telling us to be peacemakers, his word telling us to welcome the little ones in his name, the outcasts, the poor.

Reflection for April 1

2020-03-26T20:09:41-05:00April 1st, 2020|Reflections|

As Jesus teaches in today’s Gospel, it is in thinking beyond our own needs and wants to those of others, in finding purpose in doing good for others, in embracing the total and uncompromising love of God in all things that we break out of our slavery to sin (selfishness) and experience the freedom of God’s reign in the here and now.

March 2020

Reflection for March 31

2020-03-11T13:27:33-05:00March 31st, 2020|Reflections|

It would seem that bad food eaten as a free person would always taste better than good food eaten as an enslaved person. But too often that is not the case. We long for the good old days even though we know they were not that good. There is some perverse compass within us that inclines us to go back to what we know rather than forward to what we can imagine. In fact, it seems that where we are is never as good as where we have been or where we are going. We can always find something wrong with what is and somehow blame God for it.

Reflection for March 30

2020-03-11T13:26:37-05:00March 30th, 2020|Reflections|

Today Jesus holds up a mirror and he asks us to take a look. The person we see in the mirror is the one who is responsible for the life God has given us. We are responsible for our actions. We can no longer be blamers. When the Scribes and Pharisees arrived on the scene, they were concentrating on the sins of the adulterous woman. But when they left they were now in touch with their own sins.

Reflection for March 29

2020-03-11T13:25:47-05:00March 29th, 2020|Reflections|

Fifth Sunday of Lent– 

Jesus says, “I came that you may have life, and have it more abundantly. I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he should die, will live again; and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.”  Irenaeus, one of the early Church Fathers said, “The glory of God is a person fully alive.”  Paul said, “Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”  “And so, Lord, unbind us from all that keeps us in our tombs and let us move o that we might all be fully alive in you.”

Reflection for March 28

2020-03-11T13:24:46-05:00March 28th, 2020|Reflections|

I recall a prayer of Jesus in which he thanked the Father for having hidden certain truths from the learned and the clever revealing them instead to mere children.  If God was doing that kind of thing 2000 years ago, it occurs to me that he may still be doing that today. Let us approach all of life with open minds knowing that God moves in mysterious ways and his wisdom sometimes comes from surprising sources.