Sunday Reflection (January 26, 2020)

Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John were confronted by that light that shined in Galilee when Jesus said: “Follow me” (Matthew 4:18-22). It is “follow me” in the sense of learning a way of life. It is learning a way of life in response to that light that shines in the darkness of human sin, hatred, malice, and violence. Through the Holy Spirit, may that light shine in the midst of darkness. I close with these words of St. Bede: May that morning star which never sets, Christ our light, find us aflame with love until the world is enlightened with love.

Prayer for the Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1)

Let us pray for Christ’s light to shine upon us: God, our heavenly Father, we thank you for sending Jesus as the light for the world. Shine into our darkness, so that we see God’s love, and follow in the way you show us. Amen.


Prayer for the Week (Jan. 19-Jan. 25)

Let us pray that we love God in all things and above all things: Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things that surpass our understanding. Pour into our hearts such love towards you that loving you above all else, we obtain your promises which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Sunday Reflection (January 19, 2020)

Jesus extends an invitation to you and me with the word, “come and see”(John 1:29-42). May we “go and see.” May we keep learning about the message of love and grace that makes a difference in our lives, and in the life of the world around us.
Through the Holy Spirit, we begin to understand what it is that Jesus reveals to us about God. Through the drawing of the Holy Spirit, we are invited to abide in Christ and become “Christ-like.”

Prayer for the Week (Jan. 12-Jan. 18)

Let us pray that as we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit: Father in heaven, you revealed Christ as your Son by the voice that spoke over the waters of the Jordan. May all who share in the sonship and daughtership of Christ follow his path of service to others, and thus reflect the glory of his kingdom unto the ends of the earth. This we ask through Christ our Lord who eternally dwells with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forevermore. Amen.

(Sunday Missal)

Prayer for the Week (Jan. 5-Jan. 11)

Let us pray to God our Father that Christ be the light of all: God of all nations, peoples and cultures, on the day of the Epiphany you made bright your light and your love destined for all. Guide us in the ways of your Son. May your kindly light shine everywhere, so that all peoples praise you in their own language and enrich your Church with their own gifts. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

(Claretian Publications)

Sunday Reflection (January 5, 2020)

Imagine violent barbarians settling on the coast near you (and you thought we had immigration issues). What would you pray? God, sent those barbarians back across the sea from whence they came! God in your wrath destroy those pagan barbarians! God may those barbarians learn our language and become like us! What would you pray?

This very prayer was prayed as Barbarians swept across Western Europe: “Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, you brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising. Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations; through Christ who is the true light and the bright and morning star, even Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen (Latin Sacramentary, 5th-7th Cent. Alt.).

How successful was that ancient prayer? Consider that the language that we speak, English, is the linguistic descendant of the varieties of Anglo-Saxon. They later became Christianized and they are the linguistic ancestors of our language, English. Now you know how successful that ancient prayer was.

Having been enlightened and transformed by the light of God’s love, may God’s love shine forth through us. May those who have yet to embrace Christianity find the love and fellowship of God among us. May even our enemies see the light of God’s love through us.

The Wise Men began the procession of Gentiles to the God of Israel through Jesus Christ which is where we find ourselves: Gentiles embraced by the God of Israel through Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:1-12). Paul calls it a revealed mystery (Ephesians 3:1-12).