Reflection for Sunday August 30, 2020 by Maya Charles
In this reading, Jesus tells His disciples He must travel to Jerusalem where the Jewish prosecutors will have Him crucified. Despite the suffering Jesus will endure, Jesus assures His followers that He will rise from the dead on the third day: Easter Sunday. The disciple Peter is startled by Jesus’ message and contradicts Jesus by saying no such pain will be afflicted onto Him. Jesus tells Peter to leave because he was speaking like Satan. Then Jesus turns to the others saying they must deny temptations and willingly sacrifice their lives for Him. To be true followers of Christ and live fulfilling lives, we must make sacrifices big and small. On busy days, it can be easy to forget to dedicate time for devotion or just doing something generous for others. However, we must remind ourselves God didn't forget to wake us up those mornings. Committed Christians who consistently pursue their faith in everything they do will have a place in God’s kingdom come judgement day. What is something you can do daily to prepare yourself for Jesus’ second coming?
This week's reflection is by Maya Charles, Mount Saint Joseph Academy class of 2021.
Reflection for Sunday August 23rd, 2020 By Ange Baker
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20
In this week’s Gospel we hear about Simon Peter. Jesus asks his disciples who He is to them, and Simon son of Jonah alone replies that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Peter knew this because the Father showed him. He looked past the appearances of Jesus and found who He truly was. Jesus rechristened him Peter for his faith in things not seen, for his full trust in the Son of God. Peter became the rock on which Jesus built his Church. He was given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. All this Peter was given as a reward for his faith. We are rewarded for our faith, too. God gives all of his believers the gift of Heaven, and the gift of eternal life. Peter’s faith showed Jesus that he could be a rock, a foundation. We are all called to be the rock and the foundation for the building up of the lives of others around us. How can you become a rock for others, dedicated to helping to build their lives? How can you show your faith and trust in Jesus, in things unseen?
This week's reflection is by Angelina Baker, Mount Saint Joseph Academy class of 2024.
Reflection for August 16, 2020 by Paul Cillo
Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28
In this Sunday’s Gospel, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Jesus has the same mindset of many Jews of his time, despising the Canaanites and dismissing this woman. That does not sound like Jesus though, Jesus came to save us all. When he denies the Canaanite woman, we should look below the surface of his words and see how the situation unfolds. Through Jesus’ initial denial, the woman is given the chance to show and develop virtues especially humility and persistence. She recognizes Jesus as Lord and calls herself a dog as she persists in asking Jesus to heal her daughter. Virtue is often developed through challenging situations. The Canaanite woman is an example for all of us, Jesus challenges her and she rises to the occasion. Perhaps Jesus is challenging us to be persistent in our prayers and in our pursuit of virtue. Think about the ways Jesus may be challenging you and drawing you to grow.
Reflection for August 9, 2020 by Paul Cillo
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
The Gospel for this Sunday is very rich and filled with a lot of things to consider. You can focus on the actions of Christ: the way he makes time to pray by himself, how he defines nature and walks on water, and how he saves Peter. You can focus on the words of Christ: “Do not be afraid”, “Come”, “O you of little faith”. Or you can focus on Peter. Peter is bold, he challenges Jesus as a test. Peter is brave, he leaves the safety of the boat and goes toward Christ. Peter is human, he feels fear and has doubt. Peter is also smart, he calls on Jesus to be saved. Some of us may test God, we may step out of the boat. Some of us may be afraid and we may start to sink. Whether we boldly walk to Christ or cry out as we sink in the troubles of the world, we all need Jesus to rescue us and save us. Spend some time reading and praying over this Gospel. What does Jesus want to teach you through this scripture?
Picture: The Hand of God by Yongsung Kim
Reflection for Sunday August 2, 2020 by Ben Bischoff
Gospel Reading: Matthew 14:13-21
Have you ever felt called to help someone when it was inconvenient for you or difficult? In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus cares for his followers even though he was in mourning. Jesus was filled with sorrow after the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, and he traveled to a deserted place. His disciples and followers came with him after hearing of the news. Jesus cured their sick and fed them in return. There were only five loaves and two fish, but after blessing the food, Jesus had enough for the thousands of people plus twelve baskets left over. This shows the lengths that Jesus will go to support and help his followers as they do for him. If your neighbor needs help, would you help them? We are not able to perform miracles but we can still offer the support that Jesus does.
This week's reflection is by Ben Bischoff, St. Joe's Prep Class of 2023.
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