Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Feb. 15, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

St. Paul: Our humble actions give glory to God

Similar to our written reflections, image reflections invite us to enter deeply into Sacred Scripture. Take a few minutes to gaze upon the image below. Hear St. Paul teach the Corinthians that, as Christians, our actions matter.

Reflective questions:

  1. How do my actions glorify God?
  2. This Lent, how will I bear my sufferings in a more Christ-like way?
  3. Whom do I need to love or forgive in order to better imitate Christ?

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Reflection for June 29, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus: 'You shall be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth'

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by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

This week our Catholic Church deviates from the Sunday Scripture readings to commemorate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.  As "disciples on the way," each of them offered profound witness of evangelization, of living the "joy of the Gospel." During the US Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve (June 21 to July 4) may we reflect on the readings of this feast day to learn about the examples of Saints Peter and Paul. Both chose to serve Jesus (and accept death) over political power that was contrary to the Gospel.

Witness of Prayer -- Unwavering trust in the Lord sustained both Peter and Paul throughout every evil threat whether it came from within the Jewish or gentile communities.

How deep is my relationship with Jesus? Is He my only security and hope?

 

Witness of Discipleship -- Saints Peter and Paul took up their crosses daily and followed Jesus just as He asked His disciples to do. They were martyred because of their belief in Jesus' teachings.

Do I take up my crosses joyfully each day in response to Jesus' call to discipleship?

 

Witness as Missionaries -- Jesus sent his disciples to "Go out to all the world and spread the Good News" from Galilee to Jerusalem, and on to Rome. Every day Saints Peter and Paul shared their personal relationship with Jesus and the depth of His love for them and for all in the world.

Am I so filled with Jesus' love that it radiates out from me?

 

Prayer, discipleship, and mission as exemplified by Saints Peter and Paul show us what "freedom to serve" really is, even to the point of giving our lives for others.

 

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Reflection of Feb. 5, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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When I think of the line "for the sake of the Gospel" I think of people who have given their lives to Christ -- Francis and Clare of Assisi, Norbert, Francis Xavier, Our Blessed Mother, Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Maria Goretti and the list goes on. The Saints were people who heard the call to be on mission and were not afraid to give their lives totally to God.

In today's New Testament Readings from Corinthians and Mark's Gospel, we hear of two men who are "on a mission."  For St. Paul, his mission is to be a "slave to all" in order that he "might win over as many people as possible" to the Gospel message.  Jesus' message was to accomplish what he was sent to do, mainly "... to go on the villages that I may preach there also."  This mission gave both men a sense of meaning and purpose in what they were about and an identity as to who they were in relationship to those whose lives they touched.  Jesus states clearly, "for this purpose I have come ... to preach and drive out demons throughout the whole of Galilee."  For Paul, it was his purpose in life to "become all things to all, to save at least some."

This Sunday, the Church recognizes and expresses gratitude for those who have consecrated their lives to God. World Day for Consecrated Life is the occasion to promote this life choice as one of the ways to live out our baptismal commitment.

Consecrated life, rooted deeply in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a special gift of God.  Some women and men are called by God to live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.  By devoting themselves to God with undivided hearts, women and men embrace God's radical call, leaving all things behind and daring to put themselves totally at the service of God and God's people.

Reflection Questions:

  1. In my baptismal call how am I on mission?
  2. In what ways have I been inspired by the lives of men and women religious?

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Reflection for Jan. 22, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

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Many commercials we hear tell us to "Hurry - it's the biggest sale of the season!"  Remember the news reports before Christmas of shoppers nearly breaking down the doors of stores to get those last-minute deals?  What about the mobs of people stepping over each other to get that great bargain?  They were in a hurry -- they wanted the best for less.

Our three Scripture readings for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time have a sense of urgency.  Jonah tells the people of Nineveh that God has told him, "Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed."  St. Paul reminds the people of Corinth and us that "the world in its present form is passing away."  In Mark's Gospel, Jesus calls his first disciples telling them, "The kingdom of God is at hand."  There is no time to waste. Jonah, Paul and Jesus want us to "hurry" -- not for low prices or big sales -- but to answer God's call inviting us to change our hearts and bring God's love into the world by our actions of compassion and joy.  The cost for us?  Placing our minds, hearts and souls into the hands of our God.

There's no "money back guaranteed" but there is the promise of our God's continual love and grace that is with us as we answer God's call each day.

Will you hurry to answer God's call?

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