Reflection for May 31, 2015

posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015 by: renaebauer

Fix your heart on God for we are His heirs

We invite you to take a few minutes to gaze upon the image below. Then consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. Keep God's commandment, says Moses to the people. Is God's law my law?
  2. The Holy Spirit leads us to God's great glory. Have I proclaimed this?
  3. "Go make disciples," Jesus instructs the faithful. Whom have I welcomed?

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Reflection for May 24, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by: renaebauer

Pentecost nudges us to remember the Holy Spirit is with us

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by Sister Rose Jochmann

Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. We have been celebrating Easter for 50 days. What has life been like for you during these six weeks?

Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Some call this feast the "Birth of the Church". Today's first reading states that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enabled them to preach the mighty acts of God. After the coming of the Holy Spirit the disciples had the courage to preach about Jesus' mission, life, death and resurrection to everyone.

Do you depend on the Holy Spirit? I do. How do I recognize the Spirit? When I receive little nudges to do or say something good, when I get inspirations and new insights, I realize that they do not come from me. I credit those inspirations to the Holy Spirit. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as the "Wow" God.

So, this week, be open to the little nudges of the Holy Spirit in your life. According to the alternate reading from Galatians, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

 

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Reflection for May 17, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by: renaebauer

'I shall not leave you orphans' is Jesus' promise to us

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by Sister Renee Delvaux

Did you know that the Ascension of the Lord is not one isolated event, and that Jesus did not float up into the sky on a white cloud? When we read in Acts that "a cloud took him from their sight" and in Mark's Gospel that the "Lord Jesus ... was taken up into heaven" it means that Jesus is totally and forever reunited with His Father. In Scripture a cloud is very often a symbol for God, so God the Father took His incarnate Son back to Himself.

The Ascension is a part of the Paschal mystery in which Jesus' death, Resurrection, Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit form one single movement. The Church highlights these events so we can celebrate each profound mystery throughout the 50 days, from Easter Sunday until Pentecost (which is next Sunday).

The beauty of Jesus' Ascension, His triumph and glorification is that it is a promise that with Jesus we will have everlasting life in God. Jesus promises that He has prepared a place for us and we will join Him. Moreover, He assures us with "I shall not leave you orphans" (Jn 14:3). He is with us now and we will join Him later. What total gift, what self-giving love! What reason we have for joy!

Alleluia! We rejoice in Jesus' Ascension! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 

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Reflection for May 10, 2015

posted on: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 by: renaebauer

Remembering and imitating God's profound love is our call

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by Sister Laura Zelten

On Sunday we will celebrate Mother's Day, so it is very fitting to hear Jesus' commandment to love one another -- a love that is like God's love. "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love." (John 15:9)

We are called to be like God -- the God who has a passion for love and justice, the God who is concerned for all of creation, the God who has a special concern for the poor.

Throughout chapter 15, John calls our attention to the fundamental theme of all the gospels: Love. Jesus invites us to fall in love, to live in love.  To know, taste and feel the strength of love -- all in the midst of our humanity. Yes, just as we are, Jesus calls us to love one another.

Reflection questions:
  1. Have you met a person who loves everybody in an all-inclusive way? How has this person's love affected you?
  2. Have you experienced the love of a mother figure in your life? How has this experience helped you to love other people?

 

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Reflection for May 3, 2015

posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2015 by: renaebauer

With whom do you eat bread?

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by Sister Agnes Fischer

In Sunday's second reading St. John reminds us to love one another, not in words only but in deeds. We can practice that love by dedicating a little of our time to accompany someone in need. "Accompany" comes from the Latin "eat bread together". The bread might be hard and bitter or soft and delicious, but either way it should be eaten in fraternity. "Accompany" indicates a good heart and a great spirit. "Accompany" may mean:

  • Drive a sick person to the doctor -- and stay with her
  • Invite a friend to church
  • Visit a senior who is homebound or hospitalized
  • Offer solidarity to an unemployed acquaintance
  • Lend a hand to someone blind or incapacitated
  • Give aid (with a smile) to a homeless man
  • Invite a lonely person to dinner
  • Attend the wake of a co-worker's relative
Prayer:

Almighty ever-living God, constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us, that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism may, under your protective care, bear much fruit and come to the joys of life eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

(from the collect for the 5th Sunday of Easter. ©2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.)

 

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Reflection for April 26, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by: renaebauer

The Good Shepherd always cares for His flock

We invite you to take a few minutes and gaze upon the image below. Consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. When have I heard the Good Shepherd call to me? How did I respond?
  2. Jesus says the Good Shepherd protects the sheep when danger looms whereas the hired hand runs away. When have I been like the hired hand? When have I been like the shepherd?
  3. Jesus says, "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd." What does this mean to me?

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Reflection for April 19, 2015

posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 by: renaebauer

Yesterday, today, forever: Jesus' resurrection is part of God's loving plan

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by Sister Mary Kabat

Alleluia!  The celebration of Easter continues, and we joyfully hear the stories of Easter proclaimed week by week.  Do you have a favorite -- Jesus with Mary Magdalene in the garden, Jesus with the apostles in the locked upper room, or Jesus walking with the disciples to Emmaus?

The Scripture readings this Sunday of Easter remind us that the story of Easter is a definitive moment in God's great plan of salvation.  Peter's words from the Acts of the Apostles remind us that our God is "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, and the God of our fathers." (Acts 3:13)  In the Gospel, Jesus comforts and opens the minds of the disciples by explaining "that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." (Luke 24:44)

As you reflect on the Easter stories, hear the fulfillment of salvation history in the Resurrection of Jesus and the unfolding of the resurrected life to this moment in our personal and communal salvation story.  Rejoice in God's plan of love that has been, that is ongoing to this moment of time and look forward to one day sharing fully in the resurrected life and fullness of God's love.

 

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Reflection for April 12, 2015

posted on: Thursday, April 09, 2015 by: renaebauer

When all hope appears to be gone, Jesus proves otherwise

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by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

The setting for today's Gospel is the evening of the first day of the week when the disciples (though not all) were together in a locked room. Jesus has been put to death. Why isn't Thomas with them? Do you wonder what he was doing? What was he thinking? Whatever pushed him to be out "searching" in the darkness of evening for "something"?

Jesus enters the locked room and stands in their midst. He didn't knock to get their attention, he merely appears. What would that have felt like to be there that evening?  Jesus comes and stands in the circle of their fear and wishes them peace.

Today is the second Sunday for us to celebrate the "EASTER" event, we practice becoming brave to move out from behind our own locked doors to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! We are surrounded by the love and mercy of God in the person and gift of Jesus. Through Jesus' wounds we are healed and made whole -- a miracle in time.

Jesus comes to visit us in our "Thomas" moments of questioning and searching. In each Eucharistic moment, may we find the courage and grace to utter with Thomas: "My Lord and My God."

 

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Reflection for April 5, 2015

posted on: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 by: renaebauer

Proclaim Alleluiah with 'great-fulness' this Easter

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by Sister Rose Marie Buscemi

Resurrection means ... the Breaking of Bread, sharing Christ's life and learning to love one another.

Resurrection is ... God's gift of nature, the singing of birds, the smell of green grass and colored flowers -- with warm sunshine chasing the chill.

Resurrection means ... forgiveness and the ability to say, "I am sorry.'

Resurrection is .. the joy of laughing children searching for colored eggs, Easter baskets and family get-togethers.

Resurrection is ... God's love in friendships, a feeling of togetherness and laughter shared.

Resurrection is ... that time to remember God has called each of us by name.

Easter, the greatest Feast of all feasts, is a time to give thanks and praise to God, for the glory of Christ's Resurrection. With "great-fulness" for the gifts He has bestowed upon us, we say, "Thank you, God!"

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Reflection for March 29, 2015

posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2015 by: renaebauer

Palm Sunday

Take a few minutes to gaze upon the image below. Hear the people call out "Hosanna!" as they lay down their cloaks and palms for Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.

Reflective questions:

  1. How have I prepared for Jesus this Easter and beyond?
  2. How have I shared His message of salvation with others?

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