New Eyes

Posted on March 24, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

Jesus Heals the Blind ManTalking about discipleship and truly being a disciple are two very different things. It is easier to know what we should do than to carry out.

Many saints from our tradition have had much to say about this struggle to do what they know they must do, and not do that which they know they shouldn’t. It is part of being human.

Without God, we have no chance to overcome this predicament. Without God, our actions can ring hollow, or often we are immobilized to act at all. Without God, we suffer with blindness to the truth of what is important and eternal.

The story in John 9 of Jesus healing the blind man is about more than a physical healing and just one man. It is about how each of us can find healing of our blindness by turning to Jesus Christ.

Are you someone that has been saying, “I don’t understand all this talk of discipleship and stewardship. What’s the big deal?” We all have a blindness that needs to be healed, and the Body of Christ needs you so that God’s presence in our world can be seen in a more profound manner.

The reality is that God heals the blindness of those you seek him, so that in turn, they may be vehicles by which others may see as well.

This Lent, you are invited to bring your blindness to Jesus. All the written reflections in the world will not give you new eyes. Those eyes can only be found in Jesus

Lent Reflection: 3rd Friday of Lent

Posted on March 24, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 24, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Friday of Lent (March 24, 2017) - ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’(Mark 12:30)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading we are given this as the first commandment and are told that the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. To love someone that much you would want to spend time with them.  

Challenge

  • Today I will commit to spending five more minutes with God as a sign of following that first commandment.
  • I will try to show my love of God today through reaching out to a “neighbor.”
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: 3rd Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 23, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 23, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Thursday of Lent (March 23, 2017) - ‘Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.’(Psalm 95:2)

Reflection

However and wherever we are today, we have much for which to be grateful. Even if life is a struggle, if times are hard and we are full of sadness, there have been things in our lives for which we can give thanks.  

Challenge

  • As a way of giving thanks today I might take the words of the psalm literally and hum a favorite hymn and make that part of my prayer of thanksgiving today.
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: 3rd Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 22, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 22, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Wednesday of Lent (March 22, 2017) - ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.’(Matthew 5:17)

Reflection

Lent is a time of deepening our faith and our understanding of God. Jesus refers to the books of the Old Testament as the law and the prophets and explains how he came to fulfil these words of Scripture and to clarify the law. Jesus challenged many previously held attitudes, for example to love rather than hate your enemy.  

Challenge

  • We all struggle at times with people we don’t find easy. Yesterday I showed an act of kindness to someone I love; today I will try to show that same love that is God-given to someone I find difficult to love.
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

The Good News

Posted on March 21, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection


For Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4th Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

It’s a Miracle! Man Born Blind Can Now See!

Earlier today a man, blind from birth, encountered the man they call Jesus of Nazareth and apparently now he can see! It was Jesus who stopped and spoke to the man, rubbed clay on his eyes, and then instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. Like magic, the blind man then could suddenly see! Of course, some of the authorities spoke out in dismay since this so-called healing took place on the Sabbath. Even his parents had very little to comment out of fear of repercussions. However, what’s the bottom line? Man born blind now can see!

Fake news for sure! Like my mother always said, “If a story is too good to be true, it probably is.” There are just so many fake news stories nowadays it can be very difficult knowing truth from fiction. We need to be very careful. (more…)

Lent Reflection: 3rd Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 21, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 21, 2017
Lent Reflection: 3rd Tuesday of Lent (March 21, 2017) - ‘Return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.’(Gospel Acclamation)

Reflection

Jesus invites us and wants us to be in right relationship with him. The heart is a recurrent image in Scripture in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Our hearts were made by and for God, to love as God loves.


Challenge

  • Today, I think of those I have loved who have died and gone to God before me. I thank God for the gifts that each person gave me.
  • I think too of those who I love and will see today. I think of some act of kindness I can do for them that will show God’s love made manifest through me.

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: 3rd Monday of Lent

Posted on March 20, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 20, 2017
Lent Reflection: 3rd Monday of Lent (March 20, 2017) - ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.’(Matthew 1:20)

Reflection

St. Joseph is a great example of a person of faith. Matthew’s Gospel describes him as a man of honor, and he is faced with what is humanly a very difficult situation: his betrothed wife is expecting a baby and he is not the father. What must have been his thoughts and feelings when he found out? However, he is able to trust the voice in his dream.


Challenge

  • Where do I hear God’s voice telling me not to be afraid? Am I able to trust? Or at least to pray for trust and courage? I will try to do this today.

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 19, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 19, 2017
Lent Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Lent (March 19, 2017) - ‘I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ.’(John 4:25)

Reflection

Today’s Gospel is the story of the Samaritan woman who responds to Jesus when he asks her for a drink. She goes against the conventions—a Samaritan, a woman, and at the well in the middle of the day. She doesn’t recognize Jesus—and he almost teases her until he says who he is. She tells others and they believe on the strength of her testimony.


Challenge

  • Is there someone who I am encouraged to show the way to Jesus?

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: 2nd Saturday of Lent

Posted on March 18, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 18, 2017
Lent Reflection: Ash Wednesday (March 18, 2017) - ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.’(Psalm 103:2)

Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading is the familiar story of the prodigal son or loving father; the tale of the older son who stayed at home and worked for his father and the younger son who went away and squandered his inheritance. The younger son returned and the father ran to meet him and then threw a party—acts much resented by his older brother. This parable is a powerful narrative of forgiveness. Forgiveness is a great gift that we receive from God and from one another; and we must also learn to forgive ourselves.


Challenge

  • Like the repentant son, I will turn to God now and ask forgiveness for the aspects of my life which are in need of repair and healing.

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Put Down That Water Jar!

Posted on March 17, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Woman at the WellWhen I think about the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, I think of my father. This Gospel reading that we use every year for the First Scrutiny of the RCIA was always my favorite to discuss with those who be baptized in just a few weeks at the Easter Vigil.

Not that many years ago, my father was one of those Elect. That year, the story was more powerful than ever.

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