My Part of Everything

Posted on March 10, 2017 by - Everyday Stewardship

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent 2017

2nd Sunday of LentCatherine Doherty said, “Yes, stewardship pertains to everything and I am responsible for my part of that everything.” I am reminded of that quote when I read the words from Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy, “Beloved: Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” Both point to our own responsibility as a disciple, as well as the reality that we are not alone. We live with God in community. We each have our part to play in the Kingdom of God.

Lent is an important time to focus on how our stewardship way of life causes us to sacrifice and, at times, experience hardship. If we find that we never seem to feel our sacrifice, then it is a good time to ask ourselves if we really are fully living as good stewards, cultivating what we have been given and then offering it all back to God. If we only give from our excess, then we will never understand the meaning behind the words of St.Paul and Catherine Doherty.

This is why we must challenge ourselves. We must push ourselves to go that extra mile. It really is a way of exercising our stewardship muscles. So as this Lenten season is still in it’s first weeks, what can you attempt to do that really pushes you out of your comfort zone. Can you double or triple your prayer time during the season? Can you search your household and give to charity more than just things you don’t need anymore, but also things you still want? Is there someone to visit a few times before Easter than can no longer get out? Whatever it is, the strength will come from God to take greater care of your part of His everything.

Lent Reflection: 1st Friday of Lent

Posted on March 10, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 10, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Friday of Lent (March 10, 2017) - ‘If the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life.’(Ezekiel 18:27)

Reflection

In today’s reading from Ezekiel we can be consoled that, no matter what we did in the past, it will have no effect on our relationship with God, provided we reach out to God here and now. On the other hand, there is no room for complacency. Our past good record can be completely undone by our turning away from God at any time.


Challenge

  • I will reflect for a few moments about what I need to do to keep on the path that leads to God. I will ask God to help me stay on that path and not stray.

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: 1st Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 9, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 9, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Thursday of Lent (March 9, 2017) - ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’(Matthew 7:7)

Reflection

Jesus promises that our prayers will be answered if we pray earnestly, with diligence and perseverance. However, it is implied that we ask for the things which it may be consistent for God to give—that is, things which he has promised to give and which would be best for us to receive. Of that God is to be the judge.


Challenge

  • How do I ask, seek, and knock when I pray to God? Is there something I need to ask God to help me with 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: 1st Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 8, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 8 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Wednesday of Lent (March 8, 2017) - ‘This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah.’(Luke 11:29)

Reflection

Many of the people who followed Jesus were not satisfied just to hear his words. Instead they demanded a sign. Jesus responded by comparing himself to Jonah, who was sent by God to the people of Nineveh. These pagan people listened to Jonah’s message, repented, and were reconciled to God. Jesus, who is the sign of signs, asks for at least as much wisdom in hearing his word as the people of Nineveh had in hearing Jonah.


Challenge

  • Do I only look for the signs that suit me? Jesus insists that the real sign is his own person. I ask God for a listening heart, open to Jesus and ready to change its ways.

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.

Hidden Figures

Posted on March 7, 2017 by - Connect! Sunday Reflection

For Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2nd Sunday of Lent

Genesis 12:1-4a
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Matthew 17:1-9

Hidden Figures is a box office success! After the blunders at the Oscars, one could wonder if there wasn’t another in the omission of Hidden Figures. Perhaps there should be a category for the most “inspiring film.” The story of three brilliant black women mathematicians and their pivotal contributions to the NASA program encourages all to look beyond externals, to look beyond accepted stereotypes and prejudices, to think outside the box. Isn’t this a much needed message in our post-election world? (more…)

Lent Reflection: 1st Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 7, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 7, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Tuesday of Lent (March 7, 2017) - ‘If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.’(Matthew 6:15)

Reflection

Today’s reading is a somber reminder that we cannot expect to receive mercy from God if we are not able to show the same mercy towards those who have hurt us. Sometimes it is a struggle, but we must never give up trying.


Challenge

  • Is there someone I find it difficult to forgive? I will ask God to help me see that person in a more positive light, to enable to me to let go of whatever it is that has hurt 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: 1st Monday of Lent

Posted on March 6, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 6, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Monday of Lent (March 6, 2017) - ‘Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’(Matthew 25:40)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that we must serve God through serving others, particularly those who are worse off than we are. This may be materially through almsgiving. However, it may also be through an act of kindness towards someone who is avoided by others because they do not fit in socially.


Challenge

  • Is there someone on the margins of my community or work group? How can I reach out to that person today with an act of kindness?

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: 1st Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 5, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 5, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Sunday of Lent (March 5, 2017) - ‘One does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God’(Matthew 4:4)

Reflection

Our Sunday Lent readings this year, as they do every year, begin with an account of Jesus’ time being tested in the desert. At a time when Jesus was suffering from extreme hunger, Satan challenged him to turn stones into bread. But Jesus, inspired by the Holy Spirit with strength, courage, and self-control, overcame his immediate desire for food and instead turned to God. Like Jesus, we are invited to turn to God in our weakness and in times of testing.


Challenge

  • I will call to mind a time recently when I have given in to temptation. How might I act differently next time and keep my focus on God?

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: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 4, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 4 2017
Lent Reflection: Saturday after Ash Wednesday (March 4, 2017) - ‘Harden not your hearts today, But listen to the voice of the Lord.’(Gospel Acclamation)

Reflection

Faith in action means that we try to remain open to others and kind to others. We try not to have “hard hearts.” We are called to respond to God and others with open and generous hearts and to “listen to the voice of the Lord.” It may be in the very act of responding kindly in a difficult situation that we see the face of God today.


Challenge

  • When did I hear the voice of the Lord in another person today? I thank God for that opportunity to grow in love of the Lord.

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: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 3, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 3, 2017
Lent Reflection: Friday after Ash Wednesday (March 3, 2017) - ‘Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.’(Psalm 51:3)

Reflection

In the psalm today, there is the recognition that we are all sinners. However, we believe that God is compassionate and that we will be forgiven when we recognize what has led us away from God and are sorry for it. Is there something in my life that I know is leading me from God: an action, a negative relationship, a feeling?


Challenge

  • Today I will think of something, however small or large, that leads me away from God. I will spend some time exploring this with God and imagine God pouring compassion into the situation.

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.