September 2021

Reflection for September 16

2021-08-16T13:33:55-05:00September 16th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Cornelius and Cyprian – Pray for us! – 

Notice in the gospels that Jesus is never upset with sinners; he’s only upset with people who don’t think they are sinners. My friends let us be humble in admitting our sinfulness while always being aware of God’s loving mercy and forgiveness. As Jesus said: “I have not come to call the self-righteous, but sinners.” And remember God loves us not because we are good. God loves us because God is good.

Reflection for September 15

2021-08-16T13:32:12-05:00September 15th, 2021|Reflections|

Our Lady of Sorrows – Pray for us! – 

On this feast of our Mother of Sorrows we reflect on our relationship with Mary who has been given to us as our Mother. She was faithful to her Son and her God all the way to the foot of the cross. As our spiritual Mother she also enters into our experiences and shares our pains and sorrows.  She is with us in our times of testing as she was with Jesus.

Mary, our Mother of Sorrows, intercede for us!

Reflection for September 14

2021-08-16T13:30:20-05:00September 14th, 2021|Reflections|

Exaltation of the Holy Cross – 

What does the cross mean to us and how readily do we accept all that it represents? We know what the mention of the cross did to Peter. It frightened him so much that he tried to talk Jesus out of it. When we look upon the cross of Jesus what does it say to us? It speaks of unselfishness, it speaks of love, it speaks of concern for others, and it speaks of forgiveness.

We adore you, O Christ, and we paise you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Reflection for September 13

2021-08-16T13:28:50-05:00September 13th, 2021|Reflections|

St. John Chrysostom – Pray for us! – 

This centurion was a man of faith. If his authority produced results how much more must that of Jesus. What about our faith? Here is a soldier from a proud culture requesting a favor from an itinerant preacher. He put himself beyond the comfortable and the customary. We may have to depart at times from our own pillar of pride to accept the guidance of someone whom we resent. Faith grows by taking risks, the risk to extend the love of God to another, the risk to receive the love of God from another.

Reflection for September 12

2021-08-16T13:27:21-05:00September 12th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

The cross needs to be at the center of our lives. It is constant reminder of God’s love for us and our need to serve others selflessly. At Baptism we have all been signed with the cross. The priest, our parents, and godparents signed our forehead with the cross sharing their faith with us. So, how do we live our faith each day, a faith that is always being put to the test? For some the word Catholic can indicate the Christian denomination to which you belong. For others it can mean being a disciple of Jesus Christ. There is a big difference. So, who do you say you are?

Reflection for September 11

2021-08-16T13:22:58-05:00September 11th, 2021|Reflections|

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. Good trees and good fruit can be found in surprising places.

Reflection for September 10

2021-08-16T13:22:03-05:00September 10th, 2021|Reflections|

We all have been entrusted with stewardship of the life given us by God. In order for us to walk the path and enjoy the reign of God, we must adopt a very sure sense of humility. Jesus warns us not to be hypocrites but recommended that we remove the wooden beam from our own eye first.

Reflection for September 9

2021-08-16T13:15:24-05:00September 9th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Peter Claver – Pray for us! – 

“Do not do to others what you do not wish done to you.” Jesus, however, makes the old rule more demanding. He casts it in a positive way; “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” The negative form is about doing as little as possible to harm others. The positive form is about doing as much as possible to benefit others. Jesus teaches an ethic of action, rather than inaction. And this is regardless of how others have treated us or how they will treat us in response.

Reflection for September 8

2021-08-16T13:13:09-05:00September 8th, 2021|Reflections|

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 

Today we celebrate the Birth of Mary. We pay great honor to Mary for her role in redemptive history. Despite all her hardships and heartaches, Mary was faithful to God, and God was certainly faithful to Mary. We honor her as the Queen of heaven and earth and especially as the Mother of Jesus. When we find ourselves in seemingly hopeless situations, we can look to Mary as an example of the ways God can turn rough times to our advantage if we cling to him.

Reflection for September 7

2021-08-16T13:11:03-05:00September 7th, 2021|Reflections|

Discipleship includes more than learning about Jesus. It means following in his steps, living by his teachings. This gospel serves as a great reminder to all of us who have been called through our baptism to not only learn about Jesus but to live his life. And so, are we Catholics in name only or are we true disciples of Jesus Christ?

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