Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Aug. 10, 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Keeping our eyes on the Lord helps us navigate life's storms

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by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Our Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time brings us to the sea.  Jesus invited Peter to walk on water to come to him.  Peter believed he would be able to do that and he stepped out of the boat to join Jesus.  As long as he looked to Jesus, he walked on the water.  When he focused on the strong winds and the waves, he sank.  He looked to Jesus for help and Jesus' hand brought him to safety.  He knew that Jesus had the power to save him and he did just that.

We celebrate with our Jubilarians who, like Peter, took a risk to follow the Lord.  They left the security of their homes and all that was familiar to them to step out and join Jesus.

In good times and not so good times, they have tried to keep their focus on the Lord.  In the storms of life and the calm moments, they have given their all.  They, like Peter, know that Jesus has taken them by the hand through all the experiences of their lives.  They also know that Jesus continues to walk with them as they journey through this life.

Let us thank our God for these women who have served God's people and have given us all a wonderful example of faith, dedication and selfless love!

 

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Reflection for June 29, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus: 'You shall be my witnesses ... to the ends of the earth'

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by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

This week our Catholic Church deviates from the Sunday Scripture readings to commemorate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.  As "disciples on the way," each of them offered profound witness of evangelization, of living the "joy of the Gospel." During the US Bishops' Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve (June 21 to July 4) may we reflect on the readings of this feast day to learn about the examples of Saints Peter and Paul. Both chose to serve Jesus (and accept death) over political power that was contrary to the Gospel.

Witness of Prayer -- Unwavering trust in the Lord sustained both Peter and Paul throughout every evil threat whether it came from within the Jewish or gentile communities.

How deep is my relationship with Jesus? Is He my only security and hope?

 

Witness of Discipleship -- Saints Peter and Paul took up their crosses daily and followed Jesus just as He asked His disciples to do. They were martyred because of their belief in Jesus' teachings.

Do I take up my crosses joyfully each day in response to Jesus' call to discipleship?

 

Witness as Missionaries -- Jesus sent his disciples to "Go out to all the world and spread the Good News" from Galilee to Jerusalem, and on to Rome. Every day Saints Peter and Paul shared their personal relationship with Jesus and the depth of His love for them and for all in the world.

Am I so filled with Jesus' love that it radiates out from me?

 

Prayer, discipleship, and mission as exemplified by Saints Peter and Paul show us what "freedom to serve" really is, even to the point of giving our lives for others.

 

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