Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Oct. 12, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Simple acts of kindness can ease affliction for others

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by Sister Agnes Fischer

"You have done well to share with me in my affliction." (Phil. 4:14, Sunday's second reading)

-- You paid for my prescription from the doctor.
-- You brought my family food when my husband was laid off.
-- You stood up for me when I was accused unjustly.
-- You visited me when I was sick.
-- You helped me find a job.
-- You gave me a ride to church and to the grocery store.
-- You found help for me to pay the gas bill.
-- You waited patiently until I could pay the rent.
-- You comforted me when my mother died.
-- You allowed me to work for you even though I had to bring my child along.
-- You carried my groceries to the car.
-- You raked the leaves in my yard and kept my sidewalk clean in winter.

"... God, in return, will supply all your needs." (Phil 4:19)

 

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Reflection for March 16, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today's suffering can lead to tomorrow's glory

by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

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God knows us and transforms us in times of darkness.

The readings for the second Sunday of Lent certainly provide examples for us. In Genesis, God promises that Abram will become the father of a great nation, a holy people. He will be a blessing to many peoples. How true this has been for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. In the Gospel, John recounts vividly a peak experience with Jesus on Mount Tabor. Peter, James and John are granted a vision of Jesus' glory when he will be raised from the dead. Like Abram, through God's promise the trio is confirmed in faith for the difficult journey of discipleship. Paul exhorts Timothy (and us) to bear our share of hardships for the sake of the Gospel.

Looking up, may we see only Jesus through whom all things are made new.

 

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