June 2022

Reflection June 24th

2022-05-31T16:58:25-05:00June 24th, 2022|Reflections|

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
Pray for us
Luke 15:3-7

 

The human heart is both repository and wellspring. Today we pray that nothing, but goodness will be treasured in our hearts; that from our hearts may flow out to all a living spring of healing, enhancing love; that our hearts may become like that of Christ, mindful that our vocation is to incarnate that love of Christ, to make it visible to make it tangible.

Reflection June 23rd

2022-05-31T16:56:37-05:00June 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist,
Luke 1:57-66,80

In addition to the name given us by our family at baptism, we also became known as a Christian. It defines us. It tells the world who we are and what should be expected of us. Like John we need to discover what God has created us to be and live out the demands of that call without compromise. How are we improving from the past generation of Christians? What sense of newness and life do we bring to the name Christian?

Reflection June 22nd

2022-05-31T16:54:32-05:00June 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 7:15-20

In the Gospel of Mark there is a story about a man who is casting out demons in Jesus’ name although he is not part of the chosen twelve disciples. When the disciples complain about him, Jesus responds and says that whoever is not against us is for us. Here is a tree bearing good fruit, a true prophet, though he is not part of the twelve. We can find good trees and good fruit in surprising places.

Reflection June 21st

2022-05-31T16:53:00-05:00June 21st, 2022|Reflections|

St. Aloysius Gonzaga,
Pray for us
Matthew 7:6,12-14

 

In every action of life, we face a choice. It is a choice between the hard way and the effortless way. And there is never a straightforward way to greatness. In this world, we attempt to use the short way of doing things which promises immediate results. It is the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless.

Reflection June 20th

2022-05-31T16:50:39-05:00June 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 7:1-5

It is easy for us to condemn others for their sins against God, against neighbor, against self, and against creation. There are those who judge others unfavorably because they do things that go against their own way of doing things, or even because they are simply different from us. Jesus says that our harshness of judgment will be reflected in God’s judgment of us.

Reflection June 19th

2022-05-31T16:49:25-05:00June 19th, 2022|Reflections|

The Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Luke 9:11-17

When the disciples saw the small amount they had to feed the crowd, they complained. For them there was no cause for rejoicing. Their focus was on how little they had. Jesus was not only grateful for the small supply of food, but he was also generous with it. He shared it with the crowd. And in that act of sharing, it became enough and more than enough. Life always works that way.

Reflection June 18th

2022-05-31T16:40:39-05:00June 18th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus talked to his followers about the problem of worry. His reminder is ever so simple, but it makes so much sense. First of all, we need to be mindful of the presence and providence of God. Our worrying can stem from an awareness of our own inadequacy. Jesus is reminding us that we are not in this alone. Everything does not depend on us. God brought us safely to this point in life and he will not abandon us.

Reflection June 17th

2022-05-31T16:37:00-05:00June 17th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 6:19-23

Cynicism is a choice we make, an extremely poor choice. We sometimes refuse to see the possibilities for change; we write off those we consider beyond help; we accept injustice and intolerance as the way things are. But Jesus calls us to realize that reconciliation is always possible, that God’s grace enables us to transform every Good Friday into Easter Sunday, that the light of God’s compassion can illuminate every dark night of fear and ignorance.

Reflection June 16th

2022-05-31T16:30:43-05:00June 16th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 6:7-15

For Jesus, prayer is action and action is prayer. We pray the Lord’s Prayer and as we pray it gives us our agenda for action in this world. Then our prayer will be more than words and we will be living in the Spirit of Jesus. Everything we need to say about who God is, who we are and who we hope to become is included in this one prayer. In her book, The Way of Perfection Theresa of Avila advised her novices: Pray the Our Father but take an hour to pray it.

Reflection June 15th

2022-05-31T16:28:11-05:00June 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

We are all part of something much greater than ourselves, something not confined to our own time and space. We need to embrace Jesus’ spirit of gratitude and humility, always aware of God’s love. We need a spirit of joy, that every prayer we offer and every decent work we can do may be signs of God’s reign of peace and compassion in this time and place of ours.

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