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: 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 (For full Reflection, please visit: https://www.dailyscripture.net/daily-meditation/?ds_year=2020&date=sep6)

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: 03-04  OCTOBER 2020
​​​Meditation: What is the message of the parable of the vineyard? Jesus' story about an absentee landlord and his not-so-good tenants would have made sense to his audience. The hills of Galilee were lined with numerous vineyards, and it was quite common for the owners to let out their estates to tenants. Many did it for the sole purpose of collecting rent.
The Lord's vinyeard in the house of his people
Why did Jesus' story about wicked tenants cause offense to the scribes and Pharisees? It contained both a prophetic message and a warning. Isaiah had spoken of the house of Israel as "the vineyard of the Lord" (Isaiah 5:7). Jesus' listeners would have likely understood this parable as referring to God's dealing with a stubborn and rebellious people. This parable speaks to us today as well. It richly conveys some important truths about God and the way he deals with his people. First, it tells us of God's generosity and trust. The vineyard is well equipped with everything the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God, likewise trusts us enough to give us freedom to run life as we choose. This parable also tells us of God's patience and justice. Not once, but many times he forgives the tenants their debts. But while the tenants take advantage of the owner's patience, his judgment and justice prevail in the end.
copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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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: 19-20  SEPTEMBER 2020
​​Meditation: What can work and wages, welfare and the unemployed tell us about the kingdom of God? In the parable of the laborers in the vineyard we see the extraordinary generosity and compassion of God (Matthew 20:1-16). There is great tragedy in unemployment, the loss of work, and the inability to earn enough to live and support oneself or one's family. In Jesus' times laborers had to wait each day in the marketplace until someone hired them for a day's job. No work that day usually meant no food on the family table. The laborers who worked all day and received their payment complain that the master pays the late afternoon laborers the same wage. The master, undoubtedly, hired them in the late afternoon so they wouldn't go home payless and hungry.
Lord Jesus,fill me with your Holy Spirit that I may serve you joyfully and serve my neighbor willingly with a generous heart, not looking for how much I can get, but rather looking for how much I can give.
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REFLECTION: 07 - 08  November 20
Me
ditation: Are you missing out on what's most important in life? Being unprepared can lead to unnecessary trouble and even disaster! What good is a life-jacket left on the shore when the boat is sinking? Jesus' story of ten single ladies waiting for a wedding procession in the middle of the night seems strange to most westerners today. But Jesus' audience knew all too well how easily this could happen to them.  The consequences of being unprepared to meet the Lord
Jesus warns us that there are consequences for being unprepared. There are certain things you cannot obtain at the last moment. For example, students cannot prepare for their exams when the day of testing is already upon them. A person cannot get the right kind of character, strength, and skill required for a task at hand unless they already possess it, such as a captain with courage and nautical skills who must steer a ship through a dangerous storm at sea.
When the Lord Jesus comes to lead you to his heavenly banquet will you be ready to hear his voice and follow? Our eternal welfare depends on our hearing, and many have trained themselves to not hear. We will not be prepared to meet the Lord, face to face, when he calls us on the day of judgment, unless we listen to him today. The Lord invites us to feast at his heavenly banquet table. Are you ready?

copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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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 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 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

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: 14 - 15  November 20
Meditation: What can economics and productivity teach us about the kingdom of heaven? Jesus' story about a businessman who leaves town and entrusts his money with his workers made perfect sense to his audience. Wealthy merchants and businessmen often had to travel abroad and leave the business to others to handle while they were gone.
The essence of the parable seems to lie in the servants' conception of responsibility. Each servant entrusted with the master's money was faithful up to a certain point. The servant who buried the master's money was irresponsible. One can bury seeds in the ground and expect them to become productive because they obey natural laws. Coins, however, do not obey natural laws. They obey economic laws and become productive in circulation. The master expected his servants to be productive in the use of his money.
God rewards those who use their gifts for serving him and the good of others
What do coins and the law of economics have to do with the kingdom of God? The Lord entrusts the subjects of his kingdom with gifts and graces and he gives his subjects the freedom to use them as they think best. With each gift and talent, God gives sufficient means (grace and wisdom) for using them in a fitting way. As the parable of the talents shows, God abhors indifference and an attitude that says it's not worth trying. God honors those who use their talents and gifts for doing good. Those who are faithful with even a little are entrusted with more! But those who neglect or squander what God has entrusted to them will lose what they have.
There is an important lesson here for us. No one can stand still for long in the Christian life. We either get more or we lose what we have. We either advance towards God or we slip back. Do you seek to serve God with the gifts, talents, and graces he has given to you?

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.  

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.
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REFLECTION: 10-11  OCTOBER 2020
​​​Meditation: What can a royal wedding party tell us about God's kingdom? One of the most beautiful images used in the Scriptures to depict what heaven is like is the wedding celebration and royal feast given by the King for his newly-wed son and bride. Whatever grand feast we can imagine on earth, heaven is the feast of all feasts because the Lord of heaven and earth invites us to the most important banquet of all - not simply as bystanders or guests - but as members of Christ's own body, his bride the church! The last book in the Bible ends with an invitation to the wedding feast of the Lamb - the Lord Jesus who offered his life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins and who now reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! (Revelations 22:17). The Lord Jesus invites us to be united with himself in his heavenly kingdom of peace and righteousness. God invites each of us as his friends to his heavenly banquet that we may celebrate with him and share in his joy. Are you ready to feast at the Lord's banquet table? Lord Jesus, may I always know the joy of living in your presence and grow in the hope of seeing you face to face in your everlasting kingdom.
copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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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: 24 - 25 October 20
Meditation: What is the purpose of God's law and commandments? The Pharisees prided themselves in the knowledge of the law of Moses and the ritual requirements of the law. They made it a life-time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Torah - the books of the Old Testament containing the Law of Moses - along with the numerous rabbinic commentaries on the law. The religious authorities tested Jesus to see if he correctly understood the law as they did. Jesus startled them with his profound simplicity and mastery of the law of God and its purpose.
God's love rules all
Jesus summarized the whole of the law in two great commandments found in Deuteronomy 6:5 - "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might" - and Leviticus 19:18 - "you shall love your neighbor as yourself". God's love directs all that he does - His love is holy, just, and pure because it seeks only what is good, beneficial, and life-giving - rather than what is destructive, evil, or deadly. That is why he commands us to love - to accept and to give only what is good, lovely, just, and pure and to reject whatever is contrary.
Lord Jesus, your love surpasses all. Flood my heart with your love and increase my faith and hope in your promises. Help me to give myself in generous service to others as you have so generously given yourself to me.


REFLECTION: 31 October -  1 November 20
Meditation: Who doesn't desire the praise and respect of others? We want others to see us at our best with all of our strengths and achievements - rather than at our worst with all of our faults and shortcomings. God sees us as we truly are - sinners and beggars always in need of his mercy, help, and guidance. Misguided zeal and pride Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees, the teachers and rulers of Israel, to teach and serve their people with humility and sincerity rather than with pride and self-seeking privileges and honor. They went to great lengths to draw attention to their religious status and practices. In a way they wanted to be good models of observant Jews. "See how well we observe all the ritual rules and regulations of our religion!" In their misguided zeal for religion they sought recognition and honor for themselves rather than for God. They made the practice of their faith a burden rather than a joy for the people they were supposed to serve. True respect for God inclines us to humble ourselves and to submit to his wisdom and guidance. We cannot be taught by God unless we first learn to listen to his word and then obey his instruction. Lord Jesus, you became a servant for my sake to set me free from the tyranny of selfish pride and self-concern. Teach me to be humble as you are humble and to love others generously with selfless service and kindness. copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager (For full Reflection, please visit: https://www.dailyscripture.net/daily-meditation/?ds_year=2020&date=nov1)​

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REFLECTION: 17-18  OCTOBER 2020
​​​​Meditation: What do we owe God and our neighbor? Scripture tells us to give to everyone whatever is their due and to "owe no one anything, except to love one another" (Romans 13:6-8). The Jewish authorities sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state issue. The Jews resented their foreign rulers and despised paying taxes to Caesar. They posed a dilemma to test Jesus to see if he was loyal to them and to their understanding of religion. If Jesus answered that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan ruler, then he would lose credibility with the Jewish nation who would regard him as a coward and a friend of Caesar. If he said it was not lawful, then the Pharisees would have grounds to report him to the Roman authorities as a political trouble-maker and have him arrested. We have been "stamped" with God's image and likeness This story has another deeper meaning as well. We, too, have been stamped with God's image since we are created in his own likeness - "God created man in his own image ..male and female he created them" (Genesis 1:26-27). We rightfully belong not to ourselves, but to God who created us and redeemed us in the precious blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul the Apostle says that we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1). Do you acknowledge that your life and everything you possess belongs to God and not to yourself? And do you give to God what rightfully belongs to him? copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word,  ource:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION: 21 - 22  November 20
Meditation: Do you allow the love of Christ, who is your Lord and King, to rule in your heart? Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) said, "Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two kinds of love. One is holy, the other is selfish. One is subject to God; the other endeavors to equal Him." Jesus came not only to fulfill the law of righteousness (Leviticus 19), but to transform it through his unconditional love and mercy towards us.

The Lord Jesus proved his love for us by offering up his life on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. His death brings freedom and life for us - freedom from fear, selfishness, and greed - and new abundant life in the Holy Spirit who fills our hearts with the love of God (Romans 5:5). Do you allow God's love to purify your heart and transform your mind to think, act, and love others as the Lord Jesus has taught through word and example?

Lord Jesus, be the Master and Ruler of my life. May your love rule in my heart that I may only think, act, and speak with charity and good will for all.

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 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)
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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/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? 
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REFLECTION: 26-27  SEPTEMBER 2020
​​​Meditation: What kind of future are you preparing for? Jesus encourages us to think - to think about the consequences of our choices, especially the choices and decisions that will count not just for now but for eternity as well. The choices we make now will affect and shape our future, both our future on earth as well as in the life of the age to come.
A transformed heart filled with gratitude and respect
God wants to change our hearts so that we will show by our speech and by our actions that we respect his will and do it. God offers each one of us the greatest treasure possible - indestructible peace, joy, and friendship with him in his everlasting kingdom. We can lose that treasure if we refuse the grace - the free gift of God's blessing and strength - which the Lord Jesus has won for us through his victory on the cross. The Lord Jesus fills us with the gift of the Holy Spirit who works in and through us for the glory of God. Do you seek to please God and respect his will and loving plan for your life? Allow the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with the peace, joy, and righteousness of God's kingdom (Romans 14:17).
Lord Jesus, change my heart that I may only desire that which is pleasing to you. Help me to respect your will and give me the strength, joy and perseverance to carry it out wholeheartedly.
copyright © 2020 Servants of the Word, source:  dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
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REFLECTION FOR 20/21 JUNE 2020

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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).
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