October 2021

Reflection for October 4

2021-09-16T15:15:20-05:00October 4th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us – 

Let’s face it, we are on the road to Jericho every day. What day passes that we don’t meet someone who needs a comforting word, a helping hand, a listening ear, and a word of caring, a hug, and a smile. When we encounter a wounded traveler, our love is tested. Love and suffering recognize each other as brother and sister. Saint John Paul II said that suffering is in the world to release love. Suffering and need are opportunities to become the lovers God calls us to be.

Reflection for October 3

2021-09-16T15:10:04-05:00October 3rd, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

Life would be so much easier if we all have a capacity for unconditional love as every child has. Every little child has a natural inclination to share his/her life with others. They might be a bit selfish, but they are not prejudiced. They do not choose their friends based on their religion or the size of their income or the color of their skin or their ethnic origin. It is those of us who are older who clutter our lives with resentments, hatreds, and prejudices. Recall the words of Jesus: I assure you that whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a little child shall not enter it.

Reflection for October 2

2021-09-16T15:07:45-05:00October 2nd, 2021|Reflections|

The Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us – 

Jesus was saying that in a child we see the characteristics that should mark the woman or man of the Kingdom. There are many lovely characteristics in a child; the power to wonder, the power to forgive and forget, innocence, simplicity, sincerity. All these things may have been in the mind of Jesus, but there are three great qualities that make the child the symbol of those who are citizens of the kingdom namely, humility, dependence, and trust. Maybe we should be learning from the children.

Reflection for October 1

2021-09-16T15:06:03-05:00October 1st, 2021|Reflections|

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us – 

We have all been called to follow the Lord. We have accepted Baptism and now we have an obligation to live this life and share it with others. There will be some who will not accept and so we move on to those who will. But we begin with ourselves. How open are we to the word of God that calls us to renewal and change?

September 2021

Reflection for September 30

2021-08-16T14:20:36-05:00September 30th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Jerome – Pray for us! – 

The Kingdom of God is at hand. Is it obvious in you and me! How approachable am I? Can people feel comfortable and be themselves with me? Do I exude love and peace? Besides all my struggles to be holy can I reach out and assist others on their spiritual journey? We are to be transparent images of God wrapped in humility, not impressed with ourselves but living as authentic followers of Jesus Christ.

Reflection for September 29

2021-08-16T14:19:01-05:00September 29th, 2021|Reflections|

Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – Pray for us! – 

What does this feast say to us today? Whether we believe in angels or not I do hope that through this feast we are more in tune with the goodness of God toward his people and how divine providence cares for us. The angels always represented God. They were his messengers. I see all of us in that role in assisting others. The original Greek word angeliaforos really means messenger. Our lives are filled with messengers from God. We need to be attentive!

Reflection for September 28

2021-08-16T14:17:29-05:00September 28th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Wenceslaus – Pray for us! – 

O Lord, give us the grace to respond with understanding to those who disagree with us, with patience in responding to those who anger us, with forgiveness for those who have hurt us. Help us to take on your work of reconciliation and peace in all the “Samarias” we trek, lifting up with gratitude, the good we find in the places where we live and travel.

Reflection for September 27

2021-08-16T14:14:58-05:00September 27th, 2021|Reflections|

St. Vincent de Paul – Pray for us! – 

According to Jesus, discipleship is a way of powerlessness. God is not interested in how much power we have; God is interested in how we powerlessly do God’s will by serving others as St. Vincent de Paul. Jesus makes it very clear when he teaches that anyone who wants to be first has to begin by being last and the servant of all. Who are the greatest among us today? Only God knows. But those posing for a stained-glass window are not likely to get one.

Reflection for September 26

2021-08-16T14:12:37-05:00September 26th, 2021|Reflections|

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 

There are people not of our company who this very day are feeding the hungry and housing the homeless, who are casting out demons of poverty or demons of hate. If Jesus could see Samaritans, and tax collectors and Roman soldiers as his co-workers why can’t we be a bit more inclusive? God is not threatened by differences. It is we who are. To Jesus, these were people of character and compassion. We as Christians do not have the monopoly on correctness. “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets. For whoever is not against us is for us.”

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Reflection for September 25

2021-08-16T14:11:00-05:00September 25th, 2021|Reflections|

The most important word in today’s gospel reading is the word listen. Jesus admonished his disciples to listen. Even though they did not comprehend what he was saying he wanted them to listen. And so, with all of us. We need to listen to the Word of God even though at the time of our listening we do not comprehend the full meaning. Life’s experiences will have a way of reminding us of what we heard.  And after the experience, the Word of God comes alive, and we understand.

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