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Reflection for October 18

2020-10-01T15:25:34-05:00October 18th, 2020|Reflections|

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Living in this world involves some compromise but compromise has its limits.  And each person has to decide what those limits are in his or her own life.  Jesus was loyal to his friends, his disciples and he even had a degree of loyalty for Caesar.  But his supreme loyalty belonged to God and he would not compromise that even though the price of faithfulness was death on a cross.

Reflection for October 17

2020-10-01T15:24:23-05:00October 17th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Ignatius of Antioch – 

Courage is what Jesus calls for in today’s gospel. He tells his followers that they have nothing to fear in the face of persecution if they remain committed. He promises that the Holy Spirit will enable them to endure great difficulties. They need not worry about opposition from others. In giving a Christ-like response to life’s challenges we openly declare our acceptance of Jesus’ invitation to be among his followers.

Reflection for October 16

2020-10-01T15:23:10-05:00October 16th, 2020|Reflections|

Could this passage be an invitation to growth in the spiritual life? We cannot spend our entire life standing on the periphery of the crowd being satisfied with loving words and soft assurances. At the invitation of Jesus, we need to move in closer to become more deeply involved in his life. We need to be quiet and listen to his straightforward message to us.

Reflection for October 15

2020-10-01T15:22:24-05:00October 15th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Teresa of Jesus – 

We need to be aware of our own faults today. It might be that we are still constructing large shrines over the past and not paying any attention to what Jesus is saying to us today. We need to be aware of how we might be burying the marginalized people in the fallout of our technical society. As Christians we can no longer ignore the cost in human lives of maintaining this level of living.

Reflection for October 14

2020-10-01T15:20:49-05:00October 14th, 2020|Reflections|

Do we believe that our understanding of scripture is the only valid one, and every deviation is heresy or sin? “What does the Lord require of you,” cried the prophet, “but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” If Jesus were having supper with us this day, would he find us sharing our table in justice and mercy or carefully measuring our mint and rue? Is there a Pharisee lurking within me?

Reflection for October 13

2020-10-01T15:19:51-05:00October 13th, 2020|Reflections|

Religion is the outward expression of inward spiritual beliefs. But people frequently confuse the outward observances of religion with true godliness. So often we confuse religion and spirituality. Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell, spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened. Worshipping God is harmless and risk-free. Following Jesus Christ is what changes the world.

Reflection for October 12

2020-10-01T15:19:03-05:00October 12th, 2020|Reflections|

The irony of this passage is that what the people are demanding is right in front of them, but because of their lack of faith they cannot grasp it. We want proof through extraordinary signs that Jesus is who he says he is. We at times fear the risk that faith demands. Nevertheless, salvation is based on faith and faith always involves risk. There will be no sign other than the sign of Jonah.

Reflection for October 11

2020-10-01T15:18:16-05:00October 11th, 2020|Reflections|

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

This gospel story is about the generosity of God and about our acceptance or refusal of that generosity. We can find in the prophet Isaiah the extent of that generosity. There is an invitation list which includes all peoples, all nations, every face, the whole earth! This is the passion of God. The invitation list to His banquet shows that God desires to share His life with everyone.

Reflection for October 10

2020-10-01T15:16:50-05:00October 10th, 2020|Reflections|

In today’s Gospel Jesus shifts the crowd’s attention from Mary’s role as mother to her role as disciple.  She certainly is blessed in her motherhood, but also more than that. She is blessed by God because she has listened to his word and did something about it.  Her primary importance lies in her observance of God’s Word. A major criterion for discipleship is listening to and doing what God requires.

Reflection for October 9

2020-10-01T15:16:10-05:00October 9th, 2020|Reflections|

St. Denis and Companions – 

What was it that the people of Jesus’ own time could not see more clearly who he was since it seems so obvious to us? The people should have been able to see that God was at work in their midst. Surely they could see this if they looked. But, are our eyes open today? Can we see the presence of God and the Holy Spirit in our midst? It all depends what we are looking for and what we expect to find. We will find what we are looking for.

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