Weekly Reflections

Reflection for June 28, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jesus became poor to be among us and to give us God's richness

When you have a few minutes, gaze upon the image below which features one of the stained-glass windows at our Motherhouse. Then consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we hear that God formed us to be imperishable. How does this alter your outlook on death?
  2. The second reading describes Jesus as once rich but became poor for us. Do you see yourself as rich because of your faith?
  3. In Mark's Gospel, Jesus instructs us not to be afraid but rather to have faith, then he awakens a child who everyone believes is dead. Does this comfort you as you reflect on the death of a loved one?




Reflection for May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

'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!



Reflection for May 18, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Put away the GPS; only Jesus can guide us to heaven


by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

In the Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reminds his disciples that they have nothing to fear -- he has a place for them, a room he is preparing for them -- a place in his heavenly home. They aren't quite sure where this home is. We would probably try to find this home using a GPS, a Google search or Mapquest. Even with these we would not find it. We need Jesus!

Jesus is the map, the guide, the road, the way to the Father and to that eternal dwelling.  Before we get to that home, however, we have work to do in our earthly dwelling. We are challenged to form a church where mercy and love, justice and peace are present with Jesus as our foundation. Our church "home" will welcome all people and be a place where God's compassion is shown in word and action. How will we continue to create that church home?

Jesus promises us that, if we believe, we will do the works that he did. That truth -- his presence with us -- will not fail us or leave us. Let us ask the Lord of Life to help us show others the way home where that heavenly dwelling awaits us.

Reflection questions:
  1. What are the "works" Jesus empowers us to do?
  2. What makes a place "home"?
  3. Is the church your home?