Reflection for Sunday June 20th
Sunday Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
In this gospel, Jesus shows us the importance of trust and faith in our relationship with God. The disciples were afraid of the storm and doubted Jesus’s abilities to help them. However God has the power to do anything, and through Jesus, He settled the sea. After calming the storm Jesus questions their faith. Even though the disciples had been following Jesus for a while, they still did not have complete trust in him. Some of us have been following Jesus for a while like the disciples, but do we trust God? How can we allow ourselves to place our trust in God?
This week's reflection is by Nora Furletti, MSJA class of 2022.
Reflection for Sunday June 13th
Sunday Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
In this week’s reading, Jesus once again explains God’s kingdom in terms of a sower and his seeds; once the man plants them, the seeds take root and sprout and grow all on their own. Whether you interpret us to be the seeds or the ground in this analogy, in the case of the latter the seeds being the Word of God, the responsibility lies not with the sower, God, but in either case us to accept and live and grow in His teaching. Although God is not as distant or unknowing as the sower in this parable, no action of His can make us truly accept Him in our lives, in the same sense that the man cannot do more for the seeds than plant them in order for them to grow. Although His kingdom does not physically exist in the world, it continues to thrive through the acceptance and action of His people, all of our own free will. Likewise, when Jesus compares the kingdom to a tiny mustard seed, He means that on its own, or within only one person, the Word of God cannot do much. When sown, however, and allowed to grow in His people, the Word becomes much greater and much more influential, able to lead to greater good. Consider a time you heard the Word of God. Were you open to its message? In what ways might you be able to accept Him into your life and grow?
This week's reflection is by Frank Amuso, St. Joe's Prep class of 2022.
Reflection for Sunday June 6th
Sunday Gospel: Matthew 14:12-16, 22-26
I have been thinking a lot about why I go to mass when so many people my age choose not to. Not only do I go on Sunday but I try to go as often as I can during the week. People probably wonder why. Why rearrange my schedule? Why get up early? People may even say that God can be found elsewhere and you can pray on your own or read the Bible on your own. With restrictions and capacity limits being lifted many people may be thinking about why they should return to mass, especially if they got by just fine during the pandemic. I realized, there are many reasons why I go to mass but the greatest one is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is why I returned to mass in person as soon as I could. It’s the reason I go during the week. This weekend we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, the body of Christ. The ability to receive the Body of Christ at every mass is profound. We become living tabernacles carrying around the living God. God even created a way for us to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in an easy way, through bread and wine. This weekend I encourage you to reflect on the Eucharist. It can be easy for cradle Catholics to take the Eucharist for granted. Think about just how awesome it is that Jesus gave himself to and for us not just once but every time we go to mass! If you are reading this on Friday, consider coming to adoration and evening prayer at 5:30pm.
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