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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.

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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