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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.

20180225 - Second Sunday of Lent

posted Feb 19, 2018, 9:07 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 6:59 AM ]

Gospel of Mark 9:2-10

Jerico's Reflection

The gospel talks about how Jesus journeys with a group of his most trusted friends up a mountain and he is transfigured (transformed). When I hear the word transformation and how Jesus was transformed, I think about my own transformation.

The way I grew up, I couldn't have done it alone. I am the person who I am today because of those who I have journeyed with. Just like how Jesus had his friends with him when He was transformed, I was blessed to have people in my life that I call companions on the journey. They have helped me see what life is like and have taught me lessons that no book can ever teach me. I have had people who have held my hand, offered a shoulder for me to cry on, and have given me so much support that I feel that it is my turn to do that same thing.

Transformation happens for me everyday. I'm not trying to say that I change everyday, but I am transformed by what I experience. My life experiences and the people I encounter each day help me see life with a different lens.

As a teacher and coach, I also blessed to see the transformation within my students and athletes. I love seeing young people be inspired and to move in a direction that helps them reach their full potential. Its that look that they give to tel me that they get "it". There is a fire burning within their soul and you can see it in their eyes.

That fire within is the burning love of God! It shows his wanting to be close to each of us and provides us that light to shine in the darkness and to lead a path for others to be inspired.

Transformation is cycle. We each can inspire others and each of those people can inspire other people and it continues going. God light shines and our transformation only helps us grows closer to Him and it moves from person to person.

My question for you is this, who are the people that have helped us transform? and why do you believe God chose for you to transform you in that way that you did.

20180211 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Feb 10, 2018, 12:14 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Feb 10, 2018, 7:23 PM ]

Gospel of Mark 1:40-45

Sheila's Reflection

When you’re healed, you are WHOLE.

When you’re whole, you realize you are HOLY.

When you’re whole and holy, you are fearless and free. Easier said than done? Maybe. Or… maybe not… Either way, we need to work for our relationships to have good ones. Our relationship with God is no exception. It can be hard work, but definitely worth it.

It’s a bit easier to acknowledge affliction or pain when it is outward and physically, like in this story with the Leper. He has a physical ailment. When the ailment is emotional, mental and internal, it can be difficult to understand, identify or detect. It’s easier to push it aside. It’s HARD WORK to acknowledge it. In the gospel this week, the Leper understands that he is unclean. It starts with his DESIRE to be whole and clean. Given his desire, the Leper has motivation, humility and courage to kneel before Jesus. Wow. I can barely have the courage to go to someone in authority to ask for a favor much less someone i know to ask for or give forgiveness. The leper gathers enough courage to bring himself before the Son of God! Epitome of courageousness. Asking for healing is akin to asking for forgiveness. And we have all at one time either needed to ask forgiveness or to forgive.

The gospel gets better: Jesus treats it like ‘it ain’t no thang!’ Jesus completely accepts the Leper. And models for us how to forgive and heal.

This is a beautiful, simple and short story of faith, strength, compassion, humility, love and FORGIVENESS displayed by BOTH the Leper and Jesus Christ. WOW. How awesome is that?

To forgive is to heal. To be healed is to be whole. Returning to wholeness we have the ability realize our holiness. With holiness in our lives, we can be in the full and complete relationship that God has always desired and intended. This is powerful. And it's right there for the taking.

20180128 - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jan 22, 2018, 10:16 PM by Domain Admin

Gospel of Mark 1:21-28

Samantha's Reflection

In this Gospel Jesus goes to the synagogue and begins preaching. Since he carried himself a certain way and spoke with authority, he wasn’t like the others who also taught at the synagogue- the people noticed something different about him. Then there was a man with a demon in him and after Jesus commanded for the it to come out, it did. The people were in shock. They asked themselves, “What is this?”

Different aspects of this reading led me to a few reflection questions:

  • The idea of teaching with authority stood out to me and made me think, Do we share our faith boldy with others? Or do we think too much about what others may think?

  • Jesus showed who he was by his words and his actions- it made him stand out. Do we stand out as followers of Jesus through our words and actions?

  • The idea of unclean spirits made me wonder, What is God asking us to remove from our own spirits that are not in line with His own?

Hopefully this Gospel can call us to share our faith with courage, be better Christians through what we say and do for others, and to cleanse our spirits.

20180114 - Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jan 9, 2018, 8:23 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 10:08 PM ]

Gospel of John 1:35-42

Collins' Reflection

In this Sunday’s gospel John shares with two of his disciples who the messiah is referring to Jesus and inviting them to follow him. John and his disciples follow Jesus and question where he is going and Jesus response is most appropriate instead of just telling them where he is staying he invited them to see for themselves. Jesus calls us to serve and be in a relationship with him but never forces us. That is the beauty of having free will. When we are ready to pick up our crosses and follow him he is there with an open invitation. He will call you by name as he did for Simon Peter. Jesus loves us more that we can ever understand.

20171126 - The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

posted Nov 22, 2017, 2:53 PM by Domain Admin

Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46

Sally's Reflection

I have heard this reading so many times and every time it stops me dead in my tracks. I pray on my daily life choices. Jesus tells us life may seem unfair at times; the consequences of good behavior and bad behavior get mixed up. He tells us not to worry because he will separate the good from the bad. Jesus wants us to be doing good things for others, especially those that live in the “shadows” (the hungry, the imprisoned, the ill, the naked…).

What is the meaning of my life? I have so many needs and desires of my own. But it’s not about me. What matters most is not what I do, but who I am. Does my life reflect my faith and values? Am I someone who loves, who gives, who serves?

It’s about loving our neighbors. Christ teaches us throughout the Gospels by word and example how to serve the spiritual and material needs of our brothers and sisters, through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ.

Jesus Christ is the kind of King who is not interested in power and glory but in serving the needs of others, with Love. We try to strive to live according to his will. Our King is found on society’s ‘shadows,” like the faces of the homeless, and the hungry people at St. Anthony’s Dining Room. In the end, all that will matter is what we have done for Christ and our neighbors. We will not be asked how much money we made, how many awards we won, how many achievements we accomplished. We will be asked one question: “What did you do for me in your neighbor?”

I ask Jesus for the help needed to serve Him through the people around us, especially the least ones among us. For this Christmas season, I choose one or two ways to serve God’s least. I pray for the ones I serve and to serve them in Love.

Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. (Mat. 25:40)

20171112 - Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Nov 7, 2017, 11:35 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 11:39 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 25:1-13

Alfred's Reflection

I missed the opportunity to capture a special photograph at the Youth Rally Mass a few weeks ago. The church was awash in soft, beautiful, twilight shades of red and orange. Towards the end of the distribution of Communion, a married couple served the Host side-by-side. I got lost in my thoughts while they served. I reflected on their lifetime of service to others as Youth Ministers, the wise words that they dispensed, the love they shared freely from their hearts, and all the lives they have touched. I watched as they walked shoulder to shoulder to the altar table, returned the ciboria, bowed in unison in front of the sanctuary, and returned to their seats. There were peaceful smiles on their faces. It was a beautiful, blessed moment.

As they sat down, two realizations sunk in: 1) that the moment was over and gone and 2) that I failed to capture the moment with my camera. I failed even though I was holding my camera in my hands, attached to a monopod for stability, all set up for me to point and shoot! I took hundreds of photos at the Youth Rally throughout the day. I captured images in the church just a few moments earlier during the distribution of the Eucharist but zero images of this blessed couple serving Communion together. As a photographer, you never know when an opportunity to capture a special moment will come. Keeping your equipment ready and paying attention are important or you’ll end up with a missed opportunity like me.

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus tells a story about being ready at all times. In our modern times, it may be hard to understand the importance of having enough oil for lamps. Maybe the story would make more sense if you replaced lamps with cellphones and oil with battery packs. The gospel talks about being prepared, being ready, being vigilant and attentive in order to go to the ultimate feast. Are you ready? Are you paying attention? Are you doing the things you should be doing? What’s at stake is not taking a picture and it’s not missing a wedding feast. What’s at stake is your chance to go to heaven.

20171022 - Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Oct 16, 2017, 11:40 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Oct 18, 2017, 10:29 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 22:15-21

Eeps' Reflection

In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus is faced with a tricky situation. The Pharisees seeks a plan to use Jesus’ word against him. They know that Jesus is a truthful man and that his word holds great influence among people. When asked about whether it is lawful to pay the tax or not Jesus’ responds by asking, “Why are you testing me?”

In our life we also face situations that challenge us and can have us asking “Why am I being tested?” These tests can come in various situations and scenarios like dealing with a difficult relationship, having a tough time at work or learning about a difficult medical diagnosis. But perhaps we aren’t necessarily being tested by God but instead being stretched by Him. Being tested can mean that we are being used to increase our faith and trust in Him to learn something about ourselves. Situations in our life that are difficult are opportunities for us to continually rely on God and our faith to not only overcome circumstances but become stronger than before. By putting our trust in Him and allowing ourselves to be open to be “stretched” and “tested” we allow God to fully present in our life.

20171008 - Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Oct 3, 2017, 5:52 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

Gospel of Matthew 21:33-43

Teddy’s Reflection

This Sunday’s gospel from Matthew tells a parable about a landowner, his vineyard, and the tenants leasing it. The tenants beat, stone, and kill the people the landowner sends to gather the produce of the vineyard, including the landowner’s son. I see this as a metaphor we can apply in our lives where God is the landowner, the vineyard is God’s kingdom (the world we live in today), and we are each tenants.

God entrusts each of us to care for His kingdom and to bear rich harvest for Him. We are blessed with individual gifts and talents that are meant to be used in a positive and productive way. God did not intend for us to keep our gifts to ourselves like the landowners who refused to give up the harvest. Jesus says, “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” The gospel even alludes to the first reading from Isaiah and the responsorial psalm, where the message is to care for the vineyard of the Lord.

Using our talents to build up the Kingdom rather than tear it down may sound like a daunting task, but it is something that can be achieved not only through grand gestures, but through small, meaningful acts. If you are blessed with the gift of listening, rather than absorbing gossip about family or friends, listen to those who need someone to vent to. If you are one of the best athletes on your team, don’t just worry about individual stats and accomplishments, but work with your teammates to improve their skills. If you are an intelligent student, don’t zone out in class because it’s too easy, but help your classmates who are having difficulty with the subject. If you are a great judge of character, don’t just point out flaws in those around you, but give praise where it is due and criticism that is gentle and constructive so that individuals can learn and grow.

Our talents are like hammers that can be used either to break or build, and we are challenged and entrusted to build God’s kingdom. Brick houses are made up of individual bricks that are pieced together. If we each share our talents and use them how God intended, we can build a much more beautiful world.

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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