Reflection for Sunday January 17, 2021
Sunday Gospel: John 1:35-42
In this week's gospel Jesus meets the disciple Peter. Over the last month or two our OMC guy's small group has been doing a Bible study on Peter. We have read passages about Peter and his integral part in stories such as the Transfiguration and when Jesus walks water. Over our weeks of study, I have taken away three main things from each lesson and that I will share with you here.
The first comes from the story when Jesus and the disciples are fishing. After hours of catching nothing Jesus says, "put out into the deep", Peter does this and catches many fish. In this event, Jesus is not teaching us how to fish, he is calling us to perfection. He is calling us to cast ourselves into deep faith, not shallow or superficial faith, and to welcome God into our life. Peter was tired and did not want to fish anymore. We, too, are often tired and do not feel like digging deeper into our faith as Jesus calls us to. It is easier for us to stay in the shallow water or shallow faith where we can stand, but to be perfect like God calls us to be, we must be willing to cast out into the deep and welcome God into our life by trusting in him, even if it is uncomfortable at first.
The second thing I learned studying Peter comes from the story of the Transfiguration. Peter is in awe during the Transfiguration only coming up with the words "Lord it is good that we are here with you". Here, Peter is teaching us the power of simply being in the presence of God. Peter wanted to savor the moment and enjoy the power of silence and the moment he was experiencing. Often, when we think that to grow with God, we think of doing more things to make ourselves better, which is a good thing. In reality sometimes we just need silence to sit, reflect, and pray. Peter teaches us an important lesson to simply step back from life and enjoy being in the present moment with Jesus, after all we are always in the holy presence of God.
The last thing I learned from studying Peter comes from when Peter walks to Jesus on the water. While walking, the waves and storm frighten him and he loses faith and begins to sink. Peter is teaching us the importance of getting rid of the distractions that take our eyes off of God and disrupt our journey towards him. Peter got distracted and sank, in our lives we often become distracted by life and sin and sink, drifting away from God. We must strive to get rid of these distractions. Peter sinks and calls out to God to save him which Jesus does. This teaches another important lesson, that just because we are drifting away from God does not mean that if we call out for help, God will not pull us out of the waters. As long as we ask for help from God, acknowledge what we did wrong and try to dedicate our life toward him, there is no depth that God cannot pull us out of.
This week's reflection is written by August Blatney, LSCHS class of 2021.
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Reflection for Sunday January 10, 2021
Sunday Gospel: Mark 1:7-11
John the Baptist preached to his followers that a new prophet was coming to Galilee: one that will baptize them with the Holy Spirit rather than water. He is referring to his cousin Jesus of Nazareth, who (as predicted) did come to Galilee to get baptized by John in the Jordan River. When Jesus arrived at the river a few days later, He was baptized by His cousin John; and when the Son of God arose from the river, the Holy Spirit shone from the skies like a dove over Him. The voice of the Father proclaimed "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." The Lord called out to his Son Jesus and called Him by His name. We are called by the heavenly Father to live our lives like Jesus. Are you actively preparing for the second coming? If the Lord called your name now, would He be pleased with you?
This week's reflection is by Maya Charles, Mount Saint Joseph Academy Class of 2021
Reflection for Sunday January 3, 2021
Sunday Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
In this week’s Gospel, the Magi are called to heed the Word of God and resist temptation. King Herod asks them to return and tell him where the baby Jesus is, but God warns them to take a different route home. The Magi obey God’s will. We are called to listen to the Word of God in our daily lives. Temptation is presented to us in many different forms, and often, it is not obvious. Our role as Christians is to seek and obey the Word of God in our everyday lives, and to recognize and resist temptation in every form. How can you find the Word of God around you? What do you need to do to resist temptation and grow closer to God?
This week's reflection is by Ange Baker, Mount Saint Joseph Academy Class of 2024
Reflection for Sunday January 24, 2021
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:14-20
Reflection for Sunday January 31, 2021
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:21-28
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