Weekly Reflections

Reflection for July 19, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tired of giving? Jesus continued to give even when he wanted to rest

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by Sister Renee Delvaux

Can you remember a time when you were so very exhausted after a long day, being involved with many people and tasks, that you just needed a break?  Finally, about to sit down for a rest, someone called or found you and needed your help.  What was your response?

In the Gospel today we find Jesus and the apostles so involved in preaching and healing that they had no time to rest or even eat. Jesus invited them to get away to a quiet place to rest, but the crowds pursued them and even got to the place before Jesus and the apostles did.   Instead of being frustrated and angry with the crowds who followed, Jesus' "heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things" (Mk. 6:34).  Jesus was generous with his time, always open to the needs of others.

Although this Sunday is not officially called Good Shepherd Sunday, the message certainly is about being a good shepherd. As disciples of Jesus we are called to be good shepherds as he was. The Christian call is to a life of sacrifice for others, not counting the cost. It is a life of commitment and service with heart-felt love and concern for all of God's people.

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for your love especially shown in your ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Help us to be flexible and open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and generous in our response to the needs of others, putting aside our plans and giving without counting the cost.

 

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Reflection for July 5, 2015

Friday, June 26, 2015

Respond to the Holy Spirit's call even when questions prevade

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by Sister Donna Koch

As I pondered the Scriptures for this Sunday my mind kept going back to the recent encyclical of Pope Francis titled " Laudato Si." His words regarding the environment challenge all of us to make choices which will serve the needs of the poor and provide for the needs of future generations. So often we can get caught up in our own wants of the here and now and harden our hearts to what is the decision for the greater good. We may also feel that our actions can't make a difference so why bother.

The prophet Ezekiel in today's first reading is essentially told to go where the Spirit sends him, speak God's word, and not worry about what someone else thinks or does. Likewise, St. Paul is told that no matter what difficulties come his way, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."

Not everyone in today's Gospel agrees with Jesus. They question the source of His wisdom, His teachings and His deeds. Even He is amazed by their lack of faith, acceptance and understanding.

Each of us might ask: When have I experienced lack of acceptance and understanding? How did I respond? What choices is the Spirit calling me to make? How am I responding to the needs of others and creation so that future generations may live in a healthy environment?

 

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