Liturgy Reflection

Reflections on the Weekend liturgical readings

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 1, 2015

prophetThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Moses is telling all the people that a prophet, like him, will be raised by God from within their own kin for them to listen to who will speak God’s words. It is important to note that in the culture of the people, a leader, or a prophet, carries the message of God. Just like kings were considered to represent in some way the divine, or speak for the divine, a prophet’s responsibility was to speak in God’s name and be true to God’s commands. Whoever did not listen to the prophet, will have to answer to God. And, if a prophet speaks what God has not commanded to be spoken will have to answer to God too. People were to trust the prophet speaking in God’s name, yet be weary of messages of false gods and teaching. In true listening, the people should discern the truth of God’s commands.

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings – January 25, 2015

Jesus calling the fishermenThis is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: The underlying theme in all of today’s readings is the urgency in hearing the message of Jesus; urgency in accepting the reign of God; and urgency in promoting the reign of God and in spreading the reign of God. The readings call us to understand Kairos time. Kairos time is the in breaking of God into our lives. How is God manifested in our time and in our lives? Once we hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and commit to following him, we become evangelizers of the Good News of Jesus Christ in our day and time. Are we open to a new way of living that Jesus teaches? To commit to Jesus Christ means that we are called to believe and to trust in the one who saves and redeems us. We can no longer cling to the world’s values.

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 18, 2015

SamuelThis is the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Each of today’s characters plays a role. Samuel needed the help of Eli to figure out that God is the one calling him. Eli even helped Samuel by telling him the best response, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” In the gospel, it is John the Baptist who points out Jesus calling by saying “Behold, the Lamb of God!” John knew. Andrew heard. Andrew’s response was to not only follow Jesus, but also bring his brother Simon to meet Jesus who gives Simon the name Peter.

The readings help us determine where we are with our relationship to God, to Jesus. Obviously our responses can change over our lifetime, and even change throughout a much smaller portion of time. Where am I today in this all-important relationship? Am I one who recognizes the voice or presence? If so, what do I do with that awareness? How freely do I respond? How willing am I to draw another into the circle of loving relationship to which each of us is called? If I am one to whom another is opening God’s presence and desires, how do I respond?

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 11, 2015

Baptism of JesusChristmas 2014: Christ is our light, and we are called to shine with his radiance.

This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Baptism is a gift of covenant relationship with God marked by love. The salvation God offers is the gift of covenant relationship - the gift of personal relationship with God and one another marked by love. This gift is free, but not without its demand that we continue to change our manner of living. So baptism requires a life-long commitment; but we can do this because we have been baptized with the Holy Spirit who will give us the strength and courage we need. We live out our gratitude for this gift through our love and care for all, which are “God’s commands.”

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 4, 2015

EpiphanyChristmas 2014: Christ is our light, and we are called to shine with his radiance.

This Sunday is the Feast of the Epiphany: Like the magi in today’s scriptures, we too follow the light of God. As we do, we can become manifestations of God in our time, reflecting that light to others. How has God’s light been leading you? How are you being called to spread the light of Christ to others?

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 28, 2014

Holy FamiliyChristmas 2014: Christ is our light, and we are called to shine with his radiance.

This Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Family: The family of Jesus was not conventional, but it was holy nonetheless! Today’s scriptures remind us that God fulfills promises made, but that it often takes walking in faith to be able to receive them. Abraham and Sarah indeed had an heir, and descendants as numerous as the stars. Simeon and Anna, Mary and Joseph, held the salvation longed-for in their hands. God makes promises - covenants - with God’s people-- and keeps them.

How grateful we are for the little promises kept about small things. How much more grateful we can be that God keeps God's promises of forgiveness, redemption and eternal life… May we be filled with wisdom to trust God’s promises, and allow our families to be fonts of grace for the world.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 21, 2014

AnnunciationADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

This is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The entrance antiphon names our Advent hope: “Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.” (Is 45: 8)

Today’s scriptures reveal a God who makes a home with us, One who takes on our very humanity to love us more completely, and does this with human consent and cooperation. Mary is an example of faithful discipleship, trusting God despite her doubts, and doing what is needed 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?

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Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 14, 2014

Prepare the WayADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. (Phil 4: 4-5; today’s Entrance Antiphon). This third Sunday of Advent is also called “Gaudete” (“Rejoice”) Sunday. Today’s scriptures show us that we have great cause for joy - and that we’re called to share it. We are a people anointed by God and called by our baptism to bring joy to the poor, healing to the broken hearted, freedom to prisoners, a year of debt relief to everyone. These are just some of the ways that God enters our world. How are you aware of God coming into your life? For which of God’s gifts are you most grateful? How are you being invited to bring joy to those in need? Like John the Baptizer, we are called to testify to the light; may our Advent preparations help make God’s presence ever brighter in the darkest corners of our world.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: December 7, 2014

RoadADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

This is the Second Sunday of Advent: Today’s scriptures remind us that it is God who shepherds us, feeds us, gathers us, is faithful to divine promises, and baptizes us in the Holy Spirit. Like John the Baptizer, we continually prepare for divine presence by living with faithfulness and presence, by living with faithfulness and openness to God and one another. We “make straight the way of the Lord” by eagerly welcoming God’s abiding presence, fully receiving with gratitude God’s good gifts of justice and peace - and living them out. What helps you remain open to God’s gifts? How are you making ready for God to come into your heart, your home, your school or workplace in new ways?

Along with the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, give yourself the gift of prayer and reflection. Then you will be able to prepare your heart and mind to fully receive the many ways Christ comes to you, and discover how to live each day with gratitude and compassion. Remember to “seize the opportunities” for reflection that come as we wait – in while shopping, in traffic, check-out lines, while our goodies bake…

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: November 30, 2014

PotterADVENT 2014: Gratefully anticipating the comings of Christ

This is the First Sunday of Advent. Longing for God and fullness of life, we trust in the One who is shaping us as a potter shapes clay. We again undertake the Advent journey, a time of preparation and transformation to fully receive and embody the gifts we have been given, especially in Christ. Where are you longing for God’s “return”, for Christ’s presence in your life?

Along with the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, give yourself the gift of prayer and reflection. Then you will be able to prepare your heart and mind to fully receive the many ways Christ comes to you, and discover how to live each day with gratitude, compassion and joy.

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