Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Jan. 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jesus invites each of us to share in his mission in a special way

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by Sister Jacqueline Capelle

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. He thought it would take three days to go through the city but on the first day the people heard the message and followed it.

Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and called Simon, Andrew, James and John to join him on his journey.  These four fishermen must have wondered where they were going with Jesus and what He meant when He said, "You will be fishers of men."

Jesus invites you as He invited those in today's readings. To what mission has He called you? Think of this! What a treasure to receive this invitation to be a part of Jesus' mission and to spread His word.

Take some time this week to hear clearly and journey forth to carry the Word of God wherever you go.


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Reflection for July 20, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seeds vs. weeds: Which one is thriving in your faith garden?


by Sister Mary Kabat

Are there changes you wish to make in your life -- exercise regularly, eat healthier, improve a relationship, take more time for prayer, read a good book?  We all know there are changes that would be good for us and we wonder why we just don't do them.  There are also things we are doing that we know would be better for us not to do.  They aren't necessarily hard changes; we just don't do them.

That comes to mind as I reflect on the Gospel of this Sunday.  Jesus gives us three parables.  Each one gives us the opportunity to identify with something in the story or to let the lesson sink into our heart and change us.

I am staying with the parable of the man who sowed good seed in his field only to discover weeds growing with the wheat.  I can identify.  There is "good seed" in me, but there are "weeds" as well.  The parable says that it could do more harm than good to pull out all the weeds as the good seed is growing.  However, I think I could pull one or two of my weeds and put a good seed in their place.  I have a few weeds in mind.  Do you?



Reflection for Oct. 2, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Simonich_Lynne-Marie_Sr_2012-100pxby Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

The Gospel for this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the familiar story of the landowner who left his vineyard in the hands of some tenants while he went on a journey.  He turned everything over to them.  He had labored to prepare the land by planting the vines, building a hedge around the vineyard and constructing a wine press.  He left with a dream that this vineyard would produce much fruit.

The tenants had the obligation to care for what had been given to them.  However, they became greedy - they acted as if the vineyard was theirs.  They forgot that the vineyard and the fruit it produced did not belong to them - they were simply caretakers, stewards of what belonged to another. They let selfishness control their lives.

Our God has entrusted us with a vineyard - with opportunities and resources to help us bring about an abundance of good fruit - peace, joy, compassion and love.  How have we responded to God's trust in us?  How have we used the opportunities and resources that God has given us to be joyful servants to others?

As we draw near to the Feast of St. Francis we know that he was a true laborer in the vineyard of God's creation. Francis celebrated life believing he was a caretaker for the Lord. With his inspiration, may we remember that all good gifts come from our God.  May we cherish those gifts and produce the good fruits our frail world needs.