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Gospel Reflection: Feb 23rd, 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of February
22/23
In another passage from his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus
continues to turn his disciples’ way of thinking upside down.
One of the lessons for the Christian steward in today’s
Gospel is that if we have a chance to help someone in
need, we should be generous and give more than is
expected of us. Jesus went “the extra mile” for us. Can we
be more like Jesus and “go the extra mile” for others?
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Gospel Reflection: Sunday Feb 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of February 15/16, 2020

 

In today’s Gospel, part of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus does not speak of replacing the law of the Old Testament. He goes beyond it. He obliges his followers to work at being holier than even the strictest of Pharisees. But the work is not accomplished by following a religious “law”, it requires growing in love for other human beings. Followers of Jesus know they are required to be good stewards of others. In what way will you exercise good stewardship over other people this week?            

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Gospel Reflection: Feb 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of February 8/9, 2020

In this weekend’s readings and psalm, the prevailing theme is that of light: We are the light of the world; our light breaks forth like the dawn; our light shines in the darkness; our light reflects generosity and justice. Good stewards know they are the lamp, and Christ is the flame that, through them, illuminates the earth. They know that they carry Christ’s light in their hearts, and let it shine through their words and deeds. What are we doing to shine Christ’s light on the hungry, the homeless and others most in need of God’s mercy? How do we exercise good stewardship over the light of Christ that burns within each of us? ICSC E-Bulletin

Gospel Reflection: Sunday February 2, 2020

The Presentation of the Lord – Sunday Feb 2, 2020.
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the
Lord. Discuss with the family the persons of Simeon and
Anna as they meet Jesus. (Luke 2: 25–40).

Because Simeon and Anna lived lives of prayer and fasting
in the Temple, they were filled with the Spirit of God. That is
why they were able to identify Jesus as the Savior even
though Jesus was only a baby. To these two holy people,
he was recognizable as the Redeemer who had been
promised. Simeon described Jesus as “a light for revelation
to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
We too are called to recognize Jesus as Lord. Together as
a family discuss ways to recognize Jesus as Lord by
praying and attending Mass, fasting, and serving others.

As a family, decide on one specific sacrifice you can make in
order to alleviate the suffering or need of someone you
know.
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Gospel Reflection: January 26, 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of January
25/26, 2020
In today’s Gospel Jesus begins his ministry of healing,
proclaims the kingdom of God and calls his first disciples,
Simon and Andrew, and then the sons of Zebedee, James
and John. Those first disciples might have preferred to keep
their jobs, remain with their families and stay with the life
they knew. Remarkably, though, all four of these people,
just as they are, follow after this stranger who interrupts
their daily routine. When they see Jesus and hear his words
to them, they make a different choice. They take a risk, step
out in faith, leave behind that which is comfortable and
secure. They choose to follow Jesus. How far are we willing
to go to leave the comfort and security of the life we know to
follow Jesus?
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Gospel Reflection; Sunday January 19, 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Weekend of January 18/19, 2020

In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist shows us how what we do and say reveals to others what we really believe. He has a clear sense of who he is and who he is not, and by his life’s work he gives testimony to God’s active presence in people’s lives. He challenges us to examine how our actions reveal our attitudes, testify to our beliefs and show how those beliefs reveal our true selves to others. Good stewards of their faith are aware of the sort of God they reveal to the world by their words and actions. Do our acts witness to a God who takes away that which alienates people from God and each other? Do our actions truly reveal God’s presence in the world today?

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Gospel Reflection: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Weekend of January 12, 2020

Gospel Reflection: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Weekend of January 11/12, 2020

 

Saint Matthew’s story of the baptism of Jesus is an appropriate scripture reading to reflect on our own baptism. Jesus’ baptism has been understood as a symbol of his death. Baptism is the sacrament by which we die to an old life of sin and enter a new life of grace. We “put on Christ.” To be a good steward of one’s baptism means to accept that one has new life in the risen Lord and is willing to be guided by the life of Jesus. As this year begins to unfold, reflect on the meaning of your own baptism, and how you might make an even deeper commitment to a new life in Christ Jesus.

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday January 5, 2020

The Epiphany of the Lord
The visit of the Magi occurs directly before the story of the
Holy Family’s flight into Egypt. Matthew’s Gospel tells a
version of Jesus’ birth that is different than the one in Luke.
Of the actual birth of Jesus, Matthew tells us little more
than, “When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the
days of King Herod… ” The story of the census is found
only in Luke’s Gospel, but we hear about the visit of the
Magi only in Matthew’s Gospel.
We know little about the Magi. They come from the East
and journey to Bethlehem, following an astrological sign, so
we believe them to be astrologers. We assume that there
were three Magi based upon the naming of their three gifts.
The Gospel does not say how many Magi paid homage to
Jesus. In Matthew’s Gospel, they represent the Gentiles’
search for a savior. Because the Magi represent the entire
world, they also represent our search for Jesus.
We have come to consider the gifts they bring as a
foreshadowing of Jesus’ role in salvation. We believe the
meaning of the gifts to be Christological. Gold is presented
as representative of Jesus’ kingship. Frankincense is a
symbol of his divinity because priests burned the substance
in the Temple. Myrrh, which was used to prepare the dead
for burial, is offered in anticipation of Jesus’ death.
The word Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing
forth.” Historically several moments in Christ’s early life and
ministry have been celebrated as “epiphanies,” including his
birth in Bethlehem, the visit of the Magi, his baptism by
John, and his first miracle at Cana.
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Gospel Reflection: Dec 29, 2019

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Weekend
of December 28/29, 2019 In today’s second reading we listen to
one of the most compelling exhortations for Christian living:
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col
3:17). “Whatever you do”—that means the whole of life is to be
related to Christ Jesus. Everything in life, every activity, can
become an act of glorifying the Lord. Good stewards commit even
their daily routine to Christ: doing everything “in the name of the
Lord.” Perhaps it would be a good idea this week to memorize this
marvelous verse and repeat it to yourself frequently. Make it part
of your morning prayer each day. ICSC Dec E-Bulletin

Gospel Reflection: Dec 22, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent Weekend – Dec 21/22, 2019 In today’s
Gospel we hear of the coming of Emmanuel, which means “God is
with us.” We celebrate three Advents: the birth of Christ, his
Second Coming, and his presence in the world today. Our daily
lives are attended by God’s presence. Indeed, “God is with us.”
The Good News of Christ’s Incarnation is that we are the sign, the
“sacrament,” of Christ’s presence in the world. People are
supposed to see us, see how we love one another, see how we
treat the stranger among us, see how we give comfort to the poor
and afflicted, and share the Good News with joy. They see how
good stewards are the light of Christ. And there can be no possible
response except to say: “God is here!”. ICSC Dec E-Bulletin

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