Reflection for Sunday March 28th, 2021
Palm Sunday Gospel Reflection
At this point in Jesus’ life, he knows he has to suffer. Even though he has already suffered plenty, such as when his good friend Lazarus dies, or when he was tempted by Satan in the desert, he is still scared of death. In today’s Gospel, we know Jesus is terrified. That’s because he’s as human as anyone else, despite how he is God. Before his crucifixion, his friends have slowly left one by one. Judas betrays him for 30 pieces of silver, and Peter denies Him three times. It’s no doubt that Jesus felt abandoned that night. However, everyone who left Jesus felt regretful. The Gospel may be trying to show how abandoning Jesus causes more hardship than suffering with him. How would you feel if you abandoned a friend who was going through a hard time? So if we stay with Jesus, we can better ourselves and learn more about our faith on the way.
This week's reflection is by Henry Knowles, Springfield Township High School class of 2024.
Reflection for Sunday March 21st, 2021
Sunday Gospel: John12:20-33
In reading the gospels this month, and this week’s in particular, I have come across a common theme. As Jesus came closer to death, he provided his disciples with many hints as to how he would die, but nobody took notice of this message. During this gospel, a group of Greeks visits from Galilee to see Jesus, signifying that his time on Earth is nearly finished. Jesus also tells His disciples that “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Although Jesus has told his disciples time and time again that he will die soon in order to save those who follow him, the disciples do not hear this subliminal message.
Today, many of us have the same problem- we may read the scripture and go to church every week, but is our faith only surface level, or are we truly hearing what Jesus has to say to us? When our lives are cluttered, whether it be with school, work, or friends and family, it can be difficult to discern Jesus’s word from the constant chatter we hear each day. Sometimes, we may feel overwhelmed and find it difficult to create silent times for ourselves that we can share with Jesus. One way we can include Jesus more is reevaluating how we spend our time each day - of course our days tend to be jam-packed, but how much time do we spend watching tv or scrolling through social media at the end of the night? Even just devoting a few minutes of your day to prayer is enough to open yourself to uninhibited communication with Jesus.
This week's reflection is by Harriet Blatney, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina.
Reflection for Sunday March 14th, 2021
Sunday Gospel: John 3:14-21
John 3:16 is one of the most well known verses from the Bible. It summarizes the Gospel message. God loves us first. Love is the defining characteristic of God. God created us out of love and for love but it is up to us to respond to God’s love through belief, acceptance, and living in the light. John reminds us that this can be hard. To live in the light, to live in the love of God means that we need to let go of the darkness, the sin that we are drawn to. Light and darkness cannot coexist. As soon as light enters a space, darkness is driven out. God is inviting us to come into the light of Christ, to believe in Chris, to accept his love, and to change our life. Do you believe that God truly loves you? Are you willing to let the love of God and the light of Christ cleanse you and make you holy?
Reflection for Sunday March 7, 2021
Sunday Gospel: John 2:13-25
The three readings for this Sunday may seem unrelated at first, but the first two come together with the Gospel. This Gospel tells us how Jesus was truly angry at the people profiting from the Jews trying to offer sacrifices to God for Passover. Even though Jesus is angry at what is happening he is not sinning during these actions. He is not harming those who he is mad at. By flipping the tables of money, the collectors are prevented from taking advantage of the pilgrims. Jesus shows us that sometimes our anger can be justified. After the clearing of the Temple, Jesus is questioned. He talks about how if he is killed he will be resurrected in three days. Like the second readings says, at God’s weakest point, the resurrection, he is stronger than all men. Think about the times when you get angry. Is your anger righteous, like Jesus? Do you get angry at the injustices you see or for selfish reasons?
This week's reflection is by Joe Baker, 8th Grader at SCH Academy.
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