April 2021

Reflection for April 7

2021-03-25T13:23:52-05:00April 7th, 2021|Reflections|

Wednesday within the Octave of Easter – 

For the disciples on the road to Emmaus life took on a whole new meaning because they were willing to listen to a stranger who opened their hearts and minds. Because of their gracious hospitality their lives were turned around; their tragedy became triumph, their despair became hope, grief was turned into joy.

Reflection for April 6

2021-03-25T13:22:08-05:00April 6th, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter – 

Like Mary we need to be messengers of the resurrection. We need to let go of our distant, detached image of Jesus so that we can take on the hard, demanding work of going forth and making known his presence in our midst. We need to stop staring into empty tombs and recognize the risen Jesus in every aspect of our life. Every moment reveals God to us.

Reflection for April 5

2021-03-25T13:20:16-05:00April 5th, 2021|Reflections|

Monday within the Octave of Easter – 

The message of Easter is truly clear: we need to go back there. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love. Easter calls us beyond ourselves, our wants, our fears. Christ’s rising from the dead demands a change in attitude, in perspective, in the way we approach the complexities and demands of the world. The resurrection pulls us out of our own ‘tombs’ of indifference and cynicism, of self-centeredness.

Reflection for April 4

2021-03-25T13:18:33-05:00April 4th, 2021|Reflections|

Easter Sunday – 

Since last Easter, our lives have changed dramatically through illness or the loss of a friend or family member due to the pandemic. But through all our sorrows and disappointments and challenges we need to remember that there is a resurrection, there is one more opportunity to find new life in Jesus Christ. And that new life is discovered repeatedly in our prayer and in the sacraments. I pray that you and those you love will have a Blessed Easter!

Reflection for April 3

2021-03-25T13:17:10-05:00April 3rd, 2021|Reflections|

Holy Saturday – 

The importance of Holy Saturday lies in its power to bring us to the kind of faith the spiritual masters call mature. Holy Saturday faith is not about counting our blessings; it is about dealing with darkness and growing in hope. Without the Holy Saturdays of life, none of us may ever really grow up spiritually. There is the hope that God is in the twilight parts of life as well as in its lucent ones, in the night of the soul as well as in the dawn of life, since both light and dark, night and dawn belong to God.

Reflection for April 2

2021-03-25T13:15:56-05:00April 2nd, 2021|Reflections|

Good Friday – 

Coming from the Father He entered our sinful world, becoming one of us. His journey back to the Father could not be a peaceful, pain-free return: it would be a mortal struggle with the powers of darkness and would cost him dearly. But our focus today is not only on His sufferings, hideous as they were, but also on the boundless love with which He bore them. St. John of the Cross wrote: “I looked at your cross, O Christ, and read there the song of your love.”

Reflection for April 1

2021-03-25T13:14:51-05:00April 1st, 2021|Reflections|

Holy Thursday – 

On this Holy Thursday we pray that we all may be one. That our hunger for life, meaning and love will be satisfied in the breaking of bread, a bread which is the Body of Christ, bread that is broken and shared that all of us may be one in God’s love and then share that love with one another.

March 2021

Reflection for March 31

2021-03-02T15:57:52-06:00March 31st, 2021|Reflections|

Wednesday of Holy Week – 

For thirty pieces of silver, a man sold out his Lord, himself, and his friends. We do not know how much money that was in those days, and it really doesn’t matter. Whatever the price, Judas made a bad bargain. Let us learn from his mistake and avoid, in our lives, the tragedy of betrayal.

Reflection for March 30

2021-03-02T15:56:24-06:00March 30th, 2021|Reflections|

Tuesday of Holy Week – 

What is Jesus’ greatest concern for you and me? Apparently, it is not that we will focus all our energies and attention on him. At this difficult time, Jesus gave his disciples “a new commandment.” It makes clear that his concern was that the disciples’ relationship to him would deepen their relationship to each other. As Jesus has loved them, they are to love each other. Love is the binding force that will hold the disciples together after Jesus is gone. Their hearts have grown large enough to take in more. The new commandment is “that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Reflection for March 29

2021-03-02T15:54:23-06:00March 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Monday of Holy Week – 

In today’s gospel Jesus teaches us how to receive, a lesson that is perhaps more difficult to learn than to give, and it is not an isolated example. In this most Holy Week we see the ‘passivity’ of Jesus. Mary anoints his feet. Jesus is led out of the garden and to his trial “Like a lamb he is led to the slaughter.” He is scourged and crowned, he is nailed to a cross. Christian tradition gives us the example of Veronica wiping his face. It is the passivity of Jesus.

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