'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 6)

'Reflections' Tagged Posts (Page 6)

Ash Wednesday Reflection (February 26th, 2020)

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the wonderful season of Lent.  We need to stop and think about what all this Lent stuff means.  The Church, of course, gives us guidance in the prayers of the liturgy.  In the reception of ashes, one of the possible blessings, given by the liturgy of the Church is, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”  That really says everything but needs some unpacking.  We get the word repent from the New Testament Greek word…

Christ at Mass Reflection (February 23, 2020)

On this final Sunday before Lent, we continue to be taught and reminded of what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus. The main message in the readings today is holiness: what it is and how it calls us to live our lives. The beginning of Leviticus Chapter 19 tells us “You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.” Holiness is in God, and only from God can it pass to us, the pinnacle…

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (February 23, 2020)

Original Sin is a basic concept of Christianity. The idea, as laid out in the first few words of the bible, is that God created humanity in right relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26 – 31). Our original parents, however, turned away from God and brought conflict into the world (Genesis 3). If you don’t believe in the doctrine of original sin pull up the news. The paradox of human existence is that most of us hate conflict and love harmony. Yet, so often…

‘If you choose you can keep the commandments’

“If you choose you can keep the commandments” (Sirach: 15:15). How might we understand this opening line from today’s Old Testament reading? The most obvious way is to see the commandments as a set of laws that God hands down. Keeping the commandments is a form of obedience to God. To be law-abiding means knowing and comprehending the commandments. It also means accepting the power and wisdom of the commandments, with the hope of gaining a reward from God. But what if the emphasis…

Live and Love Through Authentic Relationships

We all must make decisions in life, day to day as well as about where our life is going. We need to remember that God gives us guidance, moment by moment and for our whole life. God has a plan for the life of every human being alive today. Our challenge is to determine what that plan is. The wonderful book of Sirach lays that out for us, “If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in…

Bring the Light of Christ into Your Life

Throughout Christian teaching we use the symbol of light. In the Third Sunday of Ordinary time this year St. Matthew (4:14 – 15) quotes the Prophet Isaiah (9:1), “the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light.” In John’s Gospel, Christ says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).  This is a really good metaphor. Vision is really important to us, but doesn’t work…