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Gospel Reflection

We encourage you to read and reflect on the Gospel before you attend every Mass. During the confirmation year, the staff take turns sharing their reflections before each Youth Mass (2nd & 4th Sundays). Also check out the "God's Word, Your World" resource (click on the image below).

One suggested process is to:
  1. Read the Gospel
  2. Pick a word or phrase that speaks to you
  3. Read the Gospel again, slowly and prayerfully
  4. Look into your own lived-life experiences...how does this apply to your life and the lives of the people we serve
  5. Write your reflection
You can use another process to create your reflection. You are encouraged to do this with with your parents and/or confirmation sponsor.

20170924 - Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Sep 17, 2017, 9:53 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 8:05 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16A

Jeffy’s Reflection

In the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16A, it talks about how a landowner gave the workers that worked only an hour and the workers that worked all day the same pay. The last sentence is what everyone knows,”Thus, the last will be first and the first will be last.”

Jesus taught us to treat others the same way you want to be treated. No one person is better than the other. A good example is what happened in Houston a few weeks ago. A terrible storm came over the area and displaced families and took their homes away. Shelters were getting full for those who were evacuated. But there was this furniture store owner who opened his doors to those who needed a place to sleep because the shelters were full.

By opening his doors and letting those families use his beds to sleep in made those families have one less thing to worry about. By giving a helping hand to those who need our help is our christian duty.

If we can just help one person, that person in return will help another, thus paying it forward. By treating others the same and not judging is a hard thing to do, so we must take small steps and ensure that everyone is first and not last.

20170910 - Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Sep 5, 2017, 10:55 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 9:49 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20

Jim’s Reflection

Loosen Those Bonds!!

I was in my office with someone as he poured out his anger about a couple of friends at school.

“Have you talked with them about it?”

“They won’t listen to me if I try,” he responded.

And he just stayed angry and hurt.

Too many people, students AND adults, sit in pain, anger and judgement after an argument—or after they “feel” like someone publicly dissed them. That pain and anger bind us. They eat up our energy, keep us from focusing on school or work, break apart friends and families, and make us toss and turn at night.

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus offers a recipe for freedom—confront the person who hurt you.

The early Christians sinned against one another in a variety of ways. Matthew included this teaching from Jesus, possibly as advice for them. First, talk about your conflict one on one, not to others about it. If that doesn’t help, find an objective person who might help you work things out. Lastly…be willing to forgive.

You can use that advice too. When people hurt you, face them and express your feelings without attacking or insulting them. Sometimes people don’t even know they’ve done something hurtful until you confront them. If the people who hurt you won’t listen, look for someone who’s objective to help mediate. Sometimes that can help. Please don’t think it’s “beneath you” to forgive them. If we truly claim ourselves to be Christians, Jesus called us to love, not to hold grudges.

This week resolve to face conflicts head on. As Jesus says, you’ll not only free yourself but you’ll also probably be helping the other person who hurt you.

This weekend we start Confirmation and Youth Ministry…it’s an exciting time of year! We’re also thankful for the cooler weather than the oppressive heat from last weekend! Enjoy the beginning of fall…Peace and all good, jim

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