Liturgy Reflection

Reflections on the Weekend liturgical readings

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 25, 2018

TransfigurationThis is the Second Sunday of Lent.  Today’s scriptures reaffirm: life, not death, is God’s desire for all beloved sons and daughters.  As God made a covenant with Noah, so does God make a covenant with Abraham, and through Jesus, a new covenant with us. The disciples, still confused about Jesus’ identity and mission, see a glimpse of God’s glory in Jesus on the mountaintop, and are told to listen to him. 

  • How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? 
  • How open are you to the Word of God, the nudge of the Spirit? 
  • Are you recognizing what Jesus is saying through the events and situations in your life? 

Listening is the beginning of prayer - Mother Teresa 

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 18, 2018

Believe the Good NewsThis is the First Sunday of Lent. Welcome to Lent 2018: Repent, Listen & Love! The season of Lent offers an opportunity for us to take time and space to examine our lives and listen to the Spirit; to use the time-revered tools of prayer (attending to God), fasting (doing without to allow space and clarity for listening and loving), and almsgiving (gifts of love to those in need); and to make the changes needed to live in the fullness of God’s love as the body of Christ for the world.

To receive the grace of God you must go to the desert and stay awhile.” (Blessed Charles de Foucauld)

“‘Silence is God’s first language’ (John of the Cross); everything else is a poor translation. In order to hear that language, we must learn to be still and rest in God.” (Fr. Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.) How committed are you to making time for what’s most important? How open are you to the nudge of the Spirit? Can you recognize what God is communicating in the events and situations in your life? In our community’s prayer this season, small windows of opportunity for silence and listening will be offered that hopefully encourage the same in your daily life. “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” (Mother Teresa)

May this season help you return to God and allow love to grow to fullness in your life.

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 11, 2018

ReAch OutThis is the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is the one who welcomes the outcasts home. We pray today for those who bring healing and comfort to the sick, but we also think about the ministry that we share in Christ, to provide inner healing for all those who are exiled because of something that others might find offensive.

Who are the outcasts? Each of us has times when we experience isolation and alienation from loved ones and God. We also know that there are those we have “cast out” of our circle - perhaps members of another political party, another religion, a foreign culture, a family member with whom we have differences… Through Jesus’ touch the good news is revealed to us and in us. We are called to open ourselves to the healing touch of Jesus, and to offer his restoring touch to the outcasts among us.

Wisdom of the heart means going forth from ourselves towards our brothers and sisters.” - Pope Francis, Message for World Day of the Sick 2015

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 4, 2018

Alone at prayersThis is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Overwhelmed! We all feel overwhelmed at times, as did Job and Jesus in our scriptures. In today’s gospel, after a full day of attending to people’s suffering, Jesus goes to a deserted place to pray. It is only by finding some deserted places and spaces--for silence, solitude, meditation, and prayer--that being overwhelmed will not overcome us. Finding this “desert space” will also keep us from being incapacitated by anger that we might feel, related to the many issues of our time that seem not to be handled in accord with our faith values. And it is in those deserted places that we can find guidance, grounding and new energy to go forth, announce and build the kingdom as Jesus did.

Jesus responds to the universal human condition of suffering by bringing hope and healing in a very personal way, inaugurating the reign of God by visiting the needy and offering wholeness. As his disciples, this is our work and our way as well – bringing hope and healing with a personal touch.

Prayer is not only the breath of the is also the oasis of peace from which we can draw the water that nourishes our spiritual life and transforms our existence.” Pope Benedict XVI

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 28, 2018

Teaching with authorityThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jesus is described as one who teaches and speaks “with authority,” who can even command evil spirits to depart. Jesus comes with a clear vision and the courage to speak clearly and boldly -- when Jesus is around things happen! Such characteristics are essential for any contemporary prophet who will speak to the world a message of justice and peace. Such characteristics are essential if we are to apply effectively the social teaching of the church to our contemporary world. God is calling us to get things to happen.

The clarity of our vision and how it applies to the world develops out of a real understanding of the situation of the world and its people. Our church must be connected with the lives of real people, especially those who are struggling or in need or economically poor. We must come to know one another and learn from our diversity. Otherwise, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority.

The power of our preaching must come out of a deep faith in a God who calls us to work for justice, to ask questions and to speak up. Without the faith that calls us to ask questions, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority. In a certain sense, the power of our preaching and actions can perform an “exorcism” on the world, driving out the evil spirits of injustice, poverty, violence, and selfishness and inviting in the good spirits of justice, peace, community and economic well-being for all. May we, too, be released from all that binds us, so that renewed by our prayer and sustained by the community we may be about the work of God’s reign with creativity and commitment.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 21, 2018

Fishers of  PeopleThis is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that the reign of God is near, and that Christ calls each of us to follow and join in his mission. God called and worked, unexpectedly, through simple people like fishermen – and now wants to work through us. Jesus calls us, and when we respond, he fashions us into believers who can live the gospel. Are we open to hear the call? How are we tending our relationship with Jesus, repenting from what blocks or harms it? Are we responding and living according to our call and relationship with God? May each of us be open to hear the call of Christ. May this call move our hearts and kindle our spirits so that we may leave other paths and gods to walk in the ways of Christ, and be his hands and heart in the world.

"Let us invoke the Holy Spirit each day: He guides us along the path of discipleship in Christ” (Pope Francis)

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 14, 2018

Come and seeThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. As our country celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this weekend, our Scriptures consider other ancestors in faith who have answered God’s call. Their responses to God changed their lives as well as the world around them. How often we miss God’s call, or need others to point it out to us. The encounter with Jesus was so powerful that it totally changed the lives of Andrew and Peter, who immediately became disciples. What helps you to “come and see” - to seek and learn from Christ? May we have an open heart to hear God’s voice, curiosity to explore this calling, and strength to respond authentically and faithfully.

Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” (Pope Francis)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 7, 2018

Wise men and the StarThis is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, our patronal feast day. The Prophet Isaiah calls out to us to stand up and look around us. God’s revelation is shining over us, calling us to open our eyes to this miracle, this “epiphany”, this insight into “God with us.” Animated by the Holy Spirit and rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are the Community of Epiphany on a pilgrimage of faith. In response to our baptismal call we are committed to becoming “Epiphany”, a manifestation of God in our times, in our world, and in our lives. Happy feast day, Epiphany!

The presence of God among men did not take place in a perfect, idyllic world but rather in this real world, which is marked by so many things both good and bad, by division, wickedness, poverty, arrogance and war. He chose to live in our history as it is, with all the weight of its limitations and of its tragedies. In doing so, he has demonstrated in an unequalled manner his merciful and truly loving disposition toward the human creature. He is God-with-us. Jesus is God-with-us. Do you believe this? Together let us profess: Jesus is God with us! Jesus is God with us always and forever with us in history's suffering and sorrow.” (Pope Francis, 12/18/13)

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 31, 2017

Presentation of JesusThis is the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph seem an unlikely family in many ways. Yet, on this Sunday following Christmas, we reflect on the reality that God came to us in the midst of a family -- a group of people held together by grace and love; a group that experienced the rise and fall of relationships; a group of people bonded together for better or worse, by blood and marriage, by hope and endurance, by mercy and forgiveness, and, yes, by the enduring presence of God. We are that family now as we struggle to hold each other in love, finding in our struggles the revelation of God’s presence in our relationships that define us as the holy people of God.

  • Blessings of peace and hope this Christmas season! Jesus, born into a humble family, knows the struggle of being human and living in this world filled with wonder and woe. God comes to us - and promises to remain with us - always.
  • Don't forget to take some time to fully appreciate the simple joys of the season.
  • Don’t miss the ways Christ is coming anew into your heart and home...

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 24, 2017

Advent 4This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely. Mary allows God to make a home in her - trusting God, and doing what must be done to make God's will a present reality. Like Mary, it’s up to us to prepare the way -- for God to make a home in our hearts and lives. How is the presence of Christ becoming real in you? How can we, the body of Christ, become light and life for the world?

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

How can you be open and curious this week to notice

the new things the Spirit is bringing to birth in your life?

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