Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Jan. 11, 2015

Thursday, January 08, 2015

'You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased'

Welcome to our first reflective image!  Like our written reflections, each reflective image is an invitation to enter deeply into Sacred Scripture.  How will you see God's holy words expressed in the images and in your own life?

Take a few minutes to reflect on the picture and words.  Imagine being there when John the Baptist says, "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals." Imagine Jesus emerging from the water and being anointed by God.  How does this strengthen your understanding of your baptism?

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Reflection for Jan. 12, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Baptism: An invitation to go about 'doing good' in response to God's love

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by Sister Agnes Fischer

"You are my beloved Son." -- Matthew 3:17

On the day of your baptism and mine no one saw anything extraordinary, but in reality the sky did open and the Spirit of God did come upon us and say, "You are my beloved son/daughter."

Our baptisms weren't very different from that of Jesus'. What might be different is what happened after. Jesus "went about doing good." (Acts 10:38)

The majority of us have to keep asking ourselves if we are doing good. Fortunately, we can begin each day as though we are newly baptized. And there is so much good we can do. Each of us continues to be God's beloved son/daughter.

 

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Reflection for Jan. 8, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

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Our Motherhouse Chapel doors lead to the baptismal font where we renew our belief in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"You are my Beloved with whom I am well pleased."  -- Mark 1:11

by Sister Laura Zelten

January 9-14 is National Vocation Awareness Week, which begins with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.  This feast is the bridge between Christmas and Ordinary Time in the Church.  I always find this time difficult.  We no longer see the glitter of the Christmas decorations, the Christmas cookies and candy are almost gone and the seasonal music has stopped.  There seems to be a let down feeling in the air.  Anticipation is gone and everything is packed away.

So how are we to celebrate the Baptism of our Lord?  It is a day to remember Jesus' call to mission but also a day for us to remember our call as baptized Catholic Christians.  We are called  to proclaim the Good News with our lives.

During National Vocation Awareness week we are asked to pray for vocations:  that all people will open their hearts to God's call and respond freely and fully.  Let's do that.  During this next week, let each of us promise to pray that people will live their lives as God calls them.  In particular, let us ask God to open the hearts of many men and women so they may hear the happiness to which they are called through service to the Church as vowed religious, deacons and priests.  Let us pray that each of us, in our full response to God's call may, like Jesus, hear God say: "You are my Beloved with whom I am well pleased."

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Reflection for Nov. 13, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Today's Gospel story of the three servants and their talents has a tragic ending.  Instead of utilizing his one talent, the unfortunate servant buried it.  For this he was sentenced to darkness and wailing.  He claimed, "Fear made me do it."

Fear?  How aware was he of the value of his talent? Its potential to do good?  

How aware are we of the valuable potential we have?  In Baptism we have put on Christ as God anoints us:  priests, those empowered to discover the holy deep down in all; prophets, those whose relationship with God brings His message to all; kings, those who have sovereignty in their sacred boundaries.

Let us also consider family prestige. We have God as our Father and Jesus as our Brother.

How does our Eternal Master expect us to use our talents?

God made everyone and everything precious and valuable.  Through His Church He has expressed His love in the Catholic Social Teaching which extols the dignity of every human person:

  1. Participate in decisions that determine how our society functions.
  2. Choose political leaders who take responsibilities seriously.

Our talents call out, "Do not bury us!"

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