Liturgy Reflection

Reflections on the Weekend liturgical readings

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 26, 2015

ShepherdThis is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. This weekend we again hear Jesus proclaim, “I am the Good Shepherd” and “I know mine and mine know me.” To know Jesus is to be one with him, growing from sheep who hear the Good Shepherd’s voice to becoming good shepherds ourselves. Transformed, we take up the life he has laid down. With Christ our saving brother, we are God’s children and, as our first communicants sing to us, we are called to feed the hungry, clothe the naked -- called to live the corporal works of mercy. We continue to do good works in the name of Jesus, and live in service to the One Shepherd so that all may be of one flock, though of different folds. How is God calling me to become a “good shepherd” and carry on Christ’s mission? What will help us better serve the needy in his name?

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Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 19, 2015

Emmaus WalkThis is the Third Sunday of Easter. Easter provides a new heaven and a new earth that is meant for everyone -- we just don’t all know it yet! Gratefully, Peter reminds us that God is faithful even when we make mistakes. In the gospel, Jesus invites us to peace and understanding through praying the scriptures and sharing Eucharist. Through recognition of the presence of Christ and connecting into community, may we become witnesses strengthened to bring God’s love to the world. How is God inviting me to know and to share resurrection life? How can I witness to God’s love and bring drink to those who thirst?

Readings:

  • Acts 3:13-15, 17-19. God has glorified the one you killed. God of our ancestors is patient and faithful as we come to understanding and as we misunderstand in our assumed faithfulness.
  • 1 John 2:1-5a. We have an intercessor in Jesus
  • Luke 24:35-38. The story of the journey to Emmaus. Look, it is really I. You are my witnesses. Jesus opens our minds and breaks us out of our boxes.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practice: April 12, 2015

CommunityThis is the Second Sunday of Easter. Today’s readings describe a community of believers who held everything in common, caring for the needy, loving the children of God, bringing effective peace and forgiveness to all. We gather, like the first disciples, to reflect on the meaning of these days after the crucifixion and resurrection. We ask ourselves: what are the signs of his presence; how is he still alive among us? Do we share what we have with the needy, so “no one lacks anything”?

Readings:

  • Acts 4:32-35. Luke paints an idealized picture of the earliest communities. Here, holding all things in common followed from the preaching of the resurrection as a way to care for the community’s needy members - and “no one lacked anything.”

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: April 5, 2015

Empty tombThis weekend we celebrate the close of the Sacred Triduum with the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord – Easter! Happy Easter - May you welcome God’s extravagantly abundant gifts of life into your heart and home, bringing fresh beginnings and surprises of joy and beauty! Join us as we celebrate the feast of Easter.

The Solemn Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 5:30 AM

We companion our elect who have been preparing for full initiation by remembering salvation history. lighting the new fire, blessing the water, recalling our own baptism, hearing the story of resurrection and celebrating the gift of the Spirit. By journeying with Christ through suffering and death, we find that love is the ultimate victor, bringing resurrection life. What new seed is coming to life in each of us, and how are we nurturing it? How do we welcome the movement of the Spirit among us? What new life needs to be celebrated?

To deepen the new life begun at Easter, we invite you to continue your Spiritual Practices during this entire Easter Season. Please pick up a white book for your daily prayer and reflection, and check the bulletin and website for the weekly focus, prayer and action.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: March 29, 2015

Palm SundayThis Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Welcoming the deepest mysteries of our faith…Holy Week shows us our faith “in a nutshell.” Jesus takes in everything this world brings, responds only in love, and is willing to let everything go, even his human life, to be true to God and his own identity.

As followers of Jesus, we too are called to this “paschal journey.” Will you follow this same path, wherever it takes you? Are we willing to live as Jesus lived, practice His teachings and values, love as He loved; and even go with Him to the Cross through what appears a disastrous loss – trusting in the power of God’s ultimate love and life?

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Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practices: March 22, 2015

Seed GrowingThis is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Dying to give life is an observable wonder of nature, and a necessary aspect of redemption. Death - self-giving - is the only way to fullness of life and a share in God’s glory. As followers of Jesus, we, too are part of this paschal process. We have to die to ourselves in order to be transformed into something new.

How open are you to giving of yourself, to letting go of your preferences and perspectives? How do we need to let go - to change - in order that Christ might fashion us into life-giving sustenance for others?

Readings:

  • Jeremiah 31:31-34: God makes a new covenant. God’s law is written in the hearts of all people! I shall be their God and they shall be my people…..All shall know God from the least to the greatest!

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practices: March 15, 2015

LentThis is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Jesus is God’s light come into a sinful world to manifest God’s love, care and concern for all. God has called us out of darkness into the light of Christ, and asks for us to respond. More than experiencing an encounter, we are called to be transformed - to live as Jesus, loving one another in the same expansive manner that God has loved us. What do I need to let go of to live more fully in the light that is Christ? To welcome the other whose struggles are much like mine?

Readings:

  • 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16, 19-23: : Early and often, God's compassion prompts prophets to speak to the people of Judah who repeatedly show disdain for the law and forget all that God's love has offered them. The burning of the temple in Jerusalem is the last straw. Only a remnant of the people escape to Babylon where they eventually come to their senses and welcome their liberating God in the guise of Cyrus.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practices: March 8, 2015

prayThis is the Third Sunday of Lent. Today we are asked to look at how well we live in covenant relationship with God and with each other. Jesus invites us to remove those trappings of religion that hinder us from really speaking to God in prayer. We must re-examine how well we make our church a place of prayer for all people -- an oasis of mercy in a world of indifference. How is God inviting me to open to deeper prayer and more loving relationship with community?

Readings:

  • Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17: The Covenant of Moses can be summarized in the ten commandments. They are a special wisdom from God who liberates us. They become the constitution of the new people of God. They set up right relationships between us and God and between each other. We do these things “that we may have life.” We welcome each other with the respect required of a covenant people (living in covenant with God and with each other).
  • 1 Corinthians 1;22-25: The wisdom of God is fully revealed in Jesus. He is our way, our truth and our life. Lent invites us to follow him more fully and more deeply. God’s wisdom and power is the person of Jesus. We welcome each other in the shared wisdom of Jesus.
  • John 2:13-25: At the start of his ministry Jesus removes from the worship of Israel (symbolized in his day by the Temple worship in Jerusalem) all the is extraneous to the meaning of worship. Meeting God in simple prayer is the greatest act of worship. Lent is a time for us to deepen this reality in our lives. It explains why Jesus was so often found in prayer. It was the center of his life. We are called to make it the center of our lives as well. We welcome each other by making a space for prayer as a community of believers.

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings and Spiritual Practices: March 1, 2015

TransfigurationThis is  the Second Sunday of Lent. Though the disciples are fearful and confused about Jesus’ identity and mission, Jesus is shown in Mark’s gospel to be God’s beloved, the messiah who would be raised up. Life, not death, is God’s desire for all beloved sons and daughters. “Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.” (Pope Francis: Evangelii Gaudium) How would my life be different if I was “transfigured by God’s presence?”

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Reflections on the Sunday’s Reading and Spiritual Practices: February 22, 2015

LentThis is the First Sunday of Lent.The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel!” were the first words of Jesus when he came out of the desert. The waters of the flood of Noah’s time and the waters of our baptism are both about major change, about reshaping -- in other words, about repentance. How is the Spirit leading you, like Jesus, into 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving? How can you open to the transforming flow of God’s mercy?

Readings:

  • Genesis 9:8-15: God established a covenant with Noah and his family, a covenant that included the earth and every living creature--a covenant that promises life.
  • 1 Peter 3:18-22: You are saved in the waters of baptism.
  • Mark 1:12-15: The Spirit drove Jesus into the desert after his baptism

Commit to daily prayer this lent. Communal opportunities:

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