July 2022

Reflection July 23rd

2022-07-05T16:08:32-05:00July 23rd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Bridget,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:24-30

 

Jesus’ story of the weeds and the wheat tells us of God’s mercy and patience. It warns us not to be less merciful and patient than God as we survey other members of the church. Which of us would not like to be part of a church in which there were no hypocrites, in which all its members always practiced what they preached? The parable of the weeds and wheat obviously deals with membership in the kingdom. There are both good and bad in it. It is not in our place to judge which is wheat or weed.

Reflection July 22nd

2022-07-05T15:34:05-05:00July 22nd, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Mary Magdalene,
Pray for us
John 20:1-2, 11-18

 

As 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 here in our midst. That image is ever-present.

Reflection July 21st

2022-07-05T15:31:19-05:00July 21st, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:10-17

 

The words of the song ‘The Boxer’ by Paul Simon, “A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” witness to the fact that we are highly selective as to what want to hear and see and understand with our hearts. Spend some time with Jesus and his desire to reveal to you “the secrets of the kingdom of heaven”. Ask his help to be open to his love and to the immense worth it offers you. (Sacred Space)

Reflection July 20th

2022-06-23T15:56:12-05:00July 20th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Apollinaris,
Pray for us
Matthew 13:1-9

 

Jesus offered his message to the people of Israel. The majority rejected him. There was no change in their lives. He taught his disciples that service is the only true measure of greatness but on the night before he died, they were still debating among themselves as to which one was the most important. Are we listening and if so, can we see a change in our life?

Reflection July 19th

2022-06-23T15:44:17-05:00July 19th, 2022|Reflections|

Matthew 12:46-50

True love and true friendship are founded on certain values and without these principles, they cannot exist. Friendship is based on a common ideal. People who are quite different in their backgrounds, can still be loyal friends if they have a common standard with which they journey. The ideal is the bond which unites them. What is that ideal in your life?

Reflection July 18th

2022-06-23T15:42:28-05:00July 18th, 2022|Reflections|

St. Camillus De Lellis,
Pray for us
Matthew 12:38-42

 

God reveals his love for us in every act of kindness, in every offering of forgiveness. God is in our midst not in displays of miraculous wonder or supernatural power, but in humble gratitude and selfless service that imitates that of Jesus in the Gospel.

Reflection July 17th

2022-06-23T15:29:34-05:00July 17th, 2022|Reflections|

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 10:38-42

Are we attentive to what is most important? We can be taking care of our house, but not building a home. We can be living with our spouse, but not cultivating a marriage. We can serve faithfully at church, but not truly be serving the Lord. We can be so absorbed in the details of liturgy and not be people of prayer. One thing is necessary, Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her. Let us be sure to choose the better part!

Reflection July 16th

2022-06-23T15:26:36-05:00July 16th, 2022|Reflections|

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Pray for us
Matthew 12:14-21

 

Many people are like bruised reeds; they have been mistreated by society. They have been wounded by family. They have been betrayed by friends. They are hurting. And Jesus, like his Father, takes care of these wounded ones. He is tender, he is merciful. He wants to heal and to save the suffering person. He will not snuff out any person or treat them with indifference.

Reflection July 15th

2022-06-23T15:24:08-05:00July 15th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Bonaventure,
Pray for us
Matthew 12:1-8

 

The harvesting of someone else’s grain was legal. What they objected to was doing it on the Sabbath. It is quite humorous to see that they were spying on Jesus even in the fields. I see today’s Gospel as our first Christian declaration of independence. The gentile converts found in these words a new freedom from those old laws of oppression.

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Reflection July 14th

2022-06-23T15:21:04-05:00July 14th, 2022|Reflections|

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha,
Pray for us
Matthew 11:28-30

 

Here Jesus is offering you a yoke, a partnership, a relationship, the opportunity to gain experience from him the art of gentleness, warmth, and assurance. Being yoked to Jesus means to walk with him and live as he lived.

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