Connect! Sunday Reflections

Fruitful Discipleship

Cultivate Good Fruits

As we look toward the season of Lent, our Gospel this Sunday invites us to look at our lives with clear eyes and to reflect on the fruit of our lives. Are there “branches” that need to be pruned, so that other areas of our lives — including our prayer and ministry — can be more fruitful?

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Be Merciful

Fighting Hatred with Love

It is easy to lose hope in the face of societal violence. There are people all around us who are hurting. Perhaps if we were quicker to show them mercy, they would be less likely to lash out. Who knows how many atrocities have been averted simply by someone taking the time to listen to a neighbor?

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The Art of Love

Show-and-Tell

Only Christian love — not weapons, not threats, not the media — can change hearts. It is love that prepares the way for the announcement of the Gospel. We must strive to imitate Jesus’s style of love: show and tell.

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Trust & Receive

Put Out into the Deep

The Gospel tells the story of how the Apostles fished all night but caught nothing. Jesus tells them to cast their nets again. By trusting Jesus, they received an enormous catch. We are all called to trust Jesus and receive all his goodness.

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Faith Hope Love

The Pundits & The Prophets

Whether we’re activists, doctors, carpenters, or stay-at-home parents, the power of the Gospel of love can and must shine out through our daily lives. And if we are fighting for justice in this world, then the words of Paul are for us as well. Without love, we become a “clanging gong” or “clashing symbol.” Without love, our witness and works will “be brought to nothing.”

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One Body in Christ

Everyone Has a Place

The human condition, with all of its messiness, irregularities, sinfulness, imperfection, brokenness, suffering, and conflicting ideologies, is our condition. It is also the condition into which God was born. There is room for everyone. This is how God designed things in the first place.

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Transform our Hearts, Minds & Souls

We Have Seen His Glory

What do we learn from the miracle at Cana? What truth is revealed in this Sunday’s Gospel? To answer this question, we have to pull back the lens, as it were, to take in a broader view of salvation history.

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Come Holy Spirit

The Messiah Is in Our Midst

Each of us has received that fire of the Spirit through Baptism and Confirmation. The same Holy Spirit who came down upon Jesus was given to us. It is a Spirit that leads us out of fear and slavery into freedom.

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Open The Treasure

Give Your Best Gifts to Christ

Oftentimes, the very best of what I have to offer the Christ Child is not always noteworthy. Instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, I have aspirations of self-promotion, selfishness of appeasing my desire for pleasure and comfort and negative speech and thought patterns. None of these seem appropriate for the baby.

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Unite Our Family

Mirror the Love of the Holy Family

For familial love on this earth to be authentic, it ought to mirror the love of God as much as it can. Our meditation and measure for that is the Holy Family, whose feast we celebrate this weekend.

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Joy Love Peace

The Transforming Power of Peace

For peace to transform the world, it must transform us first. The peace of God is supernatural, and it must be formed in each individual life. As this Advent season draws to a close, consider your own transformation. Do you take time to listen to the voice of the Lord?

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Rejoice Always

The Gift of Advent

We cannot remain on the surface of life. It will destroy us. We have to learn how to drink deeply of life’s wellsprings and stir up and listen to the desires God places in our hearts.

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