REFLECTION FOR 4 / 5 JULY 2020

As people of faith we know that God is with us and always walks with us every day, especially in these difficult days.  We will continue to pray for everyone especially those who are sick and for the families of those who have died because of this virus, not only in our community but everywhere.  Reflecting from Saint Paul's message in Romans 8-9-13 ......we should always pray for the Spirit of God to abide with us, never to live by the demands of the flesh.  Jesus also invites us in Matthew 11:25-30 ....that we should come to Him with all our burdens that He will make it easier for us.  Let us prayerfully surrender all our worries and burdens onto the Lord in this difficult time, He will save us.  

REFLECTION FOR WEEK OF 26 APRIL 2020
​​When battered by life's storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances.  Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, "Do not fear: I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10).
He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering.  And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God. 
Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory.  He makes all things beautiful.  He  makes all things new.
He is always with us.  Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.
Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear.  Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future.  Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life.  Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden.  And go to others, too, for their support. 
We don't need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: "Do whatever he tells you" (John2:5). Walk with each other.  Do not be afraid to embrace God's gift of life.  Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.  
"Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age"  (Matthew 28:20).
Used with permission. 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

REFLECTION FOR 6th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 17 MAY 2020
First Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18
Gospel: John 14:15-21
The center of Jesus whole life was love.
Jesus is reminding and preparing us that He is going to leave us but He will not leave us alone. 
He also tells us that He chose us; we did not choose Him.  Let us look at these words and figure out what these words meant in our lives.
"Whoever knows my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.  And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to Him."
Pray and reflect on the statements above and you will be taken aback to find out how much these words have played a role in your life.  It was as if Jesus left us all we needed to be familiar with to always stay with Him  His commandment is LOVE, "love one another,"  Jesus whole life shows how to LOVE and FORGIVE. 
What about you.........?  Have you learned from Jesus what an authentic love is all about?
Some of the feelings about what it might mean to keep His commandment to LOVE.
            *Pray for each other especially those most in need of our prayer in this time of Pandemic Covid-19.
            *Invite those who have the authority and resources to help make things better to do so, to prefer love.
            *Attain to the marginalized and offer them support in their struggles and pain especially in this time of fear and challenges by Covid-19
            *Get to the poor and be poor with them, offering them whatever you may have that they may need and you can share with them in this difficult time.
As we are scared, weak, and feel hopeless just like we are now in this time of Corona virus, we remember that Jesus promised us, "the Spirit of truth" who "remains with you and will be in you."  Then we know again that we are not alone.  Jesus sent His Spirit to be with us, to teach us again and again how to love Him, and He promised that we will be loved by the Father.  God has plans and promises to every one of us.  We are not alone and we are loved.  We have been prearranged with the Spirit who makes it possible for us to go after Jesus and love others as Jesus did and as Jesus commended us.  We do what we can and God takes care of the remaining in our lives through the overwhelming power of the Spirit.  As we all are struggling with this new way of life that is so strange and frightening.  I pray that we all may find out what these words have meant in each of our lives, we know and believe God is with us all times and it is encouraging to know his love is endless.


Reflection for 22-23 Aug 2020

Meditation: At an opportune time Jesus tests his disciples with a crucial question: Who do men say that I am and who do you say that I am? He was widely recognized in Israel as a mighty man of God, even being compared with the greatest of the prophets, John the Baptist, Elijah, and Jeremiah. Peter, always quick to respond, exclaimed that he was the Christ, the Son of the living God. No mortal being could have revealed this to Peter; but only God.
Lord Jesus, I profess and believe that you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. You are my Lord and my Savior. Make my faith strong like Peter's and give me boldness to speak of you to others that they may come to know you personally as Lord and Savior and grow in the knowledge of your great love.

copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION FOR WEEK OF 3 MAY 2020
​​When *GOD* wanted to create fish, *HE* spoke to the sea.
When *GOD* wanted to create trees, *HE* spoke to the earth, but when *GOD* wanted to create human, *HE* talked to Himself. 
​Then *GOD* said: "Let us make human in our own image and likeness".
Please note: If you take a fish out of water, it will die; and when you remove a tree from the ground, it will also die.
Likewise, when human is disconnected from *GOD*, he dies.
*GOD* is our natural environment.  We were created to live in *His* presence.  We must be connected to *Him* because it is only in *GOD* that life exists. 
Let's stay connected to *GOD*.
We recall...
*GOD* without human is always *GOD* but human without *GOD* is nothing..
So think about yourself  and your existence, are you connected to God or 
disconnected...this is the moment you get yourself connected to your God. 


REFLECTION FOR 20/21 JUNE 2020

REFLECTION FOR MOTHER'S DAY, 10 MAY 2020
Motherhood is a very high calling.
Happy Mother's Day to our (Living and Deceased) Mothers.
The most inspiring aspects of Mary's life is the profound suffering that she endured  The mothers we serve suffer the harsh realities of a life of extreme poverty.  They lack access to healthcare and medicine, education, food and safe water.  Some women suffer discrimination and stigma.  Others struggle to find safety while raising children in a war zone.  We meet mothers who have been abandoned, widows, grandmothers who are raising grandchildren on their own.  These are the realities that cause deep, daily suffering for many of the women we serve.​
But where there is sadness, there is also joy.  We witness tears of happiness and smiles when healthy babies are born, when sick children get well, and when prayers are answered.  Motherhood is a very high calling.  Please join us as we pray for all mothers.  Their devotion, guidance and strength are precious gifts and certain signs of God's love.  
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers (living and deceased).
CMMB. ​

Reflection 8-9-20
Does the Lord Jesus seem distant when trials or adversity come your way?  It was at Jesus' initiative that were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives.  While Jesus was not with them in the boat, he, nonetheless watched for them in prayer.  When he perceived their trouble he came to them on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance.  Do you look for the Lord's presence when you encounter difficulty or challenges?
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REFLECTION FOR 13/14 JUNE 2020

JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.

The Eucharist gives us life by uniting and connecting us with Christ, with Christ's body, the Church, and with all whom the Eucharist calls us to serve.  To share this communion now is already a taste of the fullness of life that is promised in the Eucharist.  We should allow our faith in the Eucharist to lead us to actions that all may be fed.  Let us reflect on the integral connection between the Eucharist and life giving acts.  When the Israelites experienced hunger and thirst during their wandering in the wilderness, it was God's daily provision of manna that sustained them for the journey.  Therefore Jesus in the Eucharist sustains and strengthens us on our Heavenly journey.  Spend sometime in prayers reflecting on the life giving effects of the Eucharist in your life.


REFLECTION FOR 25/26 JULY 20
What do you treasure the most and how do you keep it from being lost or stolen?  In a peasant community the best safe was often the earth.  The man in the parable (Matthew 13:44) "went in his joy" to sell everything.  Why? Because he fund a treasure worth possessing above all else he had.  He did not, however, have enough to buy the treasure.  Fortunately, he only needed enugh to buy the field.  In a similar fashion, God offers his kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy (Romans 14:17) as incomparable treasure at a price we can afford!  We can't pay the full price for the life which God gives us; but when we exchange our life for the life which God offers, we receive a treasure beyond compare.  
​copyright 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.new, author Don  Schwager
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REFLECTION/MEDITATION  15-16 AUG 20
Do you ever feel "put-off" or ignored by the Lord?
This passage (Matthew 15:21) describes the only occasion in which Jesus ministered outside of Jewish territory.  (Tyre and Sidon were fifty miles north of Israel and still exist today in modern Lebanon.)  A Gentile women, a foreigner who was not a member of the Jewish people, puts Jesus on the spot by pleading for his help.  At first Jesus seemed o pay no attention to her, and this made his disciples feel embarrassed.  Jesus does this to test the woman to awaken faith in her.  
SEEK THE LORD JESUS WITH EXPECTANT FAITH
Jesus praises a Gentle woman for her faith and for her love.  She made the misery of her child her own and she was willing to suffer rebuff in order to obtain healing for her loved one.  She also had indomitable persistence.  Her faith grew in contact with the person of Jesus.  She began with a request and she ended on her knees in worshipful prayer to the living God.  No one who ever sought Jesus with earnest faith - whether Jew or Gentile - was refused his help.  Do you seek the Lord Jesus with expectant faith? 
copyright@2020  Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION FOR 8th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 31 MAY 2020
PENTECOST MESSAGE.

Peace be with you.  Receive the Holy Spirit as the Father has set me, so I send you  The Holy Spirit works  to renew all creation and the face of the earth.  Pentecost peace involves more than peace among human beings.  As we celebrate Pentecost, we remember how the Holy Spirit emboldened those gathered in the upper room to proclaim the Gospel to the diverse cultures gathered in Jerusalem, extending Jesus message of peace to all.  We look back so that we can recognize the Spirits continuing work in the Church, uniting us as we celebrate our diversity of gifts and bringing the peace of Christ through forgiveness of sins  May our celebration of Pentecost inspire us to be people of hope and peace.  With whom do you need to find peace.  Let us ask the Holy Spirits guidance and take steps toward forgiveness and reconciliation.  

REFLECTION: 5-6 SEPTEMBER 2020
Meditation: What's the best way to repair a damaged relationship? Jesus offers his disciples spiritual freedom and power for restoring broken or injured relationships.
Don't brood over an offense - speak directly and privately
What can we learn from Jesus' instructions about how to mend a damaged relationship (Matthew 18:15-20)? If you feel you have been wronged by someone, Jesus says the first step is to speak directly but privately to the individual who has done the harm. One of the worst things we can do is brood over our grievance. This can poison our mind and heart and make it more difficult to go directly to the person who caused the damage. Set no obstacle in seeking to heal your brother's wound
When you are offended, are you willing to put aside your own grievance and injury in order to help your brother's wound? The Lord Jesus wants to set us free from resentment, ill-will, and an unwillingness to forgive. The love of Christ both purifies and sets us free to do good to all - even those who cause us grief. The call to accountability for what we have done and have failed to do is inevitable and we can't escape it, both in this life and at the day of judgment when the Lord Jesus will return. But while we have the opportunity today, we must not give up on praying for those who cause us offense. With God's help we must seek to make every effort to win them with the grace and power of God's healing love and wisdom. Do you tolerate broken relationships or do you seek to repair them as God gives you the opportunity to mend and restore what is broken? Lord Jesus, make me an instrument of your healing love and peace. Give me wisdom and courage to bring your healing love and saving truth to those in need of healing and restoration.

copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION: 12-13  SEPTEMBER 2020
Meditation: Does mercy overlook justice? Justice demands that everyone be given their due. So when is it right to show mercy and pardon to those who have acted unjustly or wrongly? The prophet Amos speaks of God forgiving transgression three times, but warns that God may not revoke punishment for the fourth (see Amos 1:3-13; 2:1-6). When Peter posed the question of forgiveness, he characteristically offered an answer he thought Jesus would be pleased with. Why not forgive seven times! How unthinkable for Jesus to counter with the proposition that one must forgive seventy times that.

Lord Jesus, you have been kind and forgiving towards me. May I be merciful as you are merciful. Free me from all bitterness and resentment that I may truly forgive from the heart those who have caused me injury or grief.

copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION FOR SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY 

7 JUNE 20

(Trinity) God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we ask you to give us all around PEACE in our mind, body, soul and spirit.  We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives and Nation today.  May God of Peace help us to be peacemakers each day in our life, in our families, in our nations.  Guide our path through life and make our enemies be at PEACE with us. 

Pope Francis


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Reflection for 29-30 Aug 2020

​Meditation: What is the way to glory and victory in the kingdom of God? Jesus told his disciples that he must first suffer rejection, be crucified, and then rise again on the third day. In so many words he explained that there could be no victory and no glory without the cross. Jesus' prediction of his suffering and death on the cross caused his disciples great dismay and disbelief. Peter, who was often the first to react to whatever Jesus had to say, wanted to protect Jesus from any threat or harm. That is why he rebuked the very thought of Jesus having to face rejection, condemnation and crucifixion.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding  and all my will, all that I have and possess. You have given them to me; to you, O Lord, I restore them; all things are yours, dispose of them according to your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is enough for me. (Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola, 1491-1556)
copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION FOR 7th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 24 MAY 2020
The Ascension of the Lord        What does Jesus  Ascension Mean
The Ascension of Jesus (from the Vulgate Latin Acts 1:9-11 section title: Ascensio Iesu) is the physical departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God in Heaven.  Ascension Day, also known as, Holy Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord or The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, commemorates the moment Jesus ascended into heaven.
Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated the 40th day after Easter Sunday, that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven according to Christian belief.  40 days after the resurrection, Jesus and his disciples went to Mount Olivet (Mount of Olives), near Jerusalem.  Ascension of Christ (Luke 24, 51)
Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter.  It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday.  It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief.  Ascension Day marks the 40th day after Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief.  Ascension Day, commemorates the moment Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after Easter to sit at his Father's right hand. 
Jesus' disciples in Jerusalem watch his departure from Earth. 
Acts: 1:1-11 of the Bible?  Show Jesus' farewell to the apostles.  The passage states:  "Then they gathered around him and asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' "He said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'  "After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight."
WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS ON ASCENSION DAY
The Apostles gathered to bid farewell to someone (Jesus) who never caused pain to anyone but came to this earth that he may assuage all pain, someone who never in his life trampled upon another, but raise up each one upon whom his glance fell, who never sought glory yet his name today dims all human renown and power. 
Jesus led his disciples up to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.  He then said that the time had come for him to be returned to God.  (The King James Bible states) that after Jesus ascended, two angels descended from above and said to his followers: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
Because the Apostles saw Christ ascend into heaven and were assured of his help with no human power or means they undertook to evangelize the whole world.  What amazing, shattering effect Christ's words had and still have on the lives of all human.  From his words a world transforming power emanates.  Life radiates from Christ's words and has been doing so for centuries.