Prayer for the Week (August 25-Aug 31)

Let us pray that we live as we believe: God our Father, you have given us Jesus, your Son, as the door through which we enter into your kingdom. May we learn to listen to his voice and to follow him without reserve. May our authentic Christian living bring goodness and joy to this world and lead us to you, our saving God.

(Claretian Publications)

Sunday Reflection (August 25, 2019)

God offers us forgiveness and an invitation to fellowship with God, and perhaps this is a concept of God that we Christians forget when we want to see someone punished by God. Yet, Jesus Christ gives us a better offer: Forgiveness, renewal, restoration, and fellowship with God (Hebrews 12:18-24).

May we, in turn, offer others forgiveness in the hope of renewal and restoration. May we present others with a better offer than what the world gives, when it comes to our treatment of others, including our enemies.

Prayer for the Week (August 18-Aug 24)

Let us pray with humility and persistence: Almighty God, ever-loving Father, your care extends beyond the boundaries of race and nation to the hearts of all who live. May the walls which prejudice raises between us crumble beneath the shadow of your outstretched arms. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Sunday Missal)

Sunday Reflection (August 18, 2019)

Jesus tells us that he came to bring division (Luke 12:49-53). First, this does not mean that we go out of our way to create a division and a ruckus in the name of Christ. Second, it is not a badge of Christianity to say mean ugly things in order to rile others up. Yet, what do these words of Jesus mean? The original readers of Luke’s Gospel were cast out of their homes and communities for following Christ. Thankfully, we do not face such opposition for being a Christian, but if you had been a Christian in ISIS held areas it was a reality. Being a Christian in some parts of the world may cost you a good job or a good position, or land you in jail; and, yes, betrayal by family and friends.

Being a Christian does carry some protests that cause divisions in that we protest what is wrong with society by living lives of compassion and kindness. Unfortunately and sadly, a few may react with vehemence against lives that bear witness against their prejudice, malice, and hatred. Yes, when you choose to the compassionate kind deed like Christ, you may find opposition.

Prayer for the Week (August 11-Aug 17)

Let us pray for trust in the promises of God: Lord God, help us to serve you faithfully in the present and to be ready to follow you in the future. Take us by the hand and guide us through all obstacles to the land of your promise. Amen.

(Claretian Publications)

Sunday Reflection (August 11, 2019)

Isaiah received a God-given vision about what their society could have been if they indeed had been willing and obedient (Isaiah 1:1, 11-17). Their rebellion against God’s command to care for the most vulnerable in society brought disastrous consequences. God does not overlook any society’s injustice toward its most vulnerable citizens, including our own! Jesus himself talks about judging the nations based upon their treatment of their society’s most vulnerable. Tradition has it that Isaiah was sawn into by the evil King Manasseh, and we know what happened to Jesus.

We have not arrived and we know we can do better. Until we reach the “other side,” God gives us the grace to be willing and obedient in order to set things right so that the present and future can be different (Isaiah 1:18-20). This fosters hope for a better world, both today and tomorrow.

Prayer for the Week (August 4-Aug 10)

Let us pray that we use this earth’s goods wisely in the service of God and people: Father, you care, and so in you we trust. May greed not blind to pile up goods and neglect things that do not really matter. May we generously share what we have with the hungry and the poor, so that we become rich in your sight. We ask this through Christ our Lord, who was born in poverty, yet exalted most high. Amen.

(Claretian Publications)

Sunday Reflection (August 4, 2019)

Once there was a man living the American Dream in ancient Palestine (Luke 12:16-21). He was so successful that he had to build bigger barns to hold all his goodies, yet he neglected to think of God when his untimely death occurred. The parable is called “The Rich Fool” because he was not rich toward God. His sin was not eating, drinking, and making merry; rather, his sin was that he prevented others from doing the same by hoarding his wealth.

(W. Robert McClelland)

May we be rich toward God in this life to make life more bearable for all, especially the most vulnerable as Jesus would say it.