Reflection for Sunday November 29, 2020
Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37
Jesus is the perfect teacher. When he speaks, his words inspire his disciples for thousands of years. In today's Gospel, Jesus is speaking to every future generation that hears his word. “Be watchful! Be alert!” Jesus wants us to prepare our hearts for His birth this upcoming Christmas, but also his second coming. We know when Christmas is, we celebrate it on the same day every year, but it’s impossible to predict when our Lord will come again. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to meet the creator of all that I have, and all that exists?” So this Advent, while you prepare for Christmas and all the activities that come with it, also prepare for the second coming of our Lord, which could happen any minute. Be watchful! Be alert! Be ready for our Savior.
This week’s reflection is by Henry Knowles, Springfield Township High School class of 2024
Reflection for Sunday November 22, 2020 by August Blatney
Sunday Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
This is one of the more famous and memorable Gospel passages. In this passage God comes to earth separating the sheep from the goats or the faithful from the unfaithful. The faithful are the ones rewarded with heaven because they were the ones who served others throughout their lives. The faithful are the ones that helped others in their time of need. "Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me." During this present time of struggle, due to much uncertainty, it is important to ask ourselves what we are doing for the benefit of others and not just ourselves. We are right around Thanksgiving and this year will be unlike any other. Some people will be isolated from their families or, because of job insecurity, will be unable to put food on the table. So, during this holiday season, we must ask ourselves how are we feeding and caring for our neighbors? How are we giving hope to the lonely and forgotten? This Gospel from Matthew is a call to all to help and care for others. We often think that heaven is this unattainable goal that only Saints achieve. In this passage, God is helping us realize that it is more attainable, just by dedicating parts of your life to others you are putting God first, creating a path for yourself toward salvation. To be a disciple of Jesus we must act like him, Jesus gave his life to the poor and we must try to do this ourselves. By sharing our time and talents in service with others we will not only create better communities, but also bring ourselves closer to God.
This week's reflection is by August Blatney, LaSalle College High School class of 2021.
Reflection for Sunday November 15, 2020
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
This week's Gospel refers to “talents” which is a measurement of currency based on a set weight. The parable can also refer to our talents, the gifts and skills given to us by God. Jesus warns us about the danger of withholding our talents and keeping them to ourselves. The third servant buries the one talent he was entrusted with out of fear. We may think that the third servant did not do anything overtly wrong, he was playing it safe and protecting his Master’s money after all. We are reminded this week that avoiding sin is only part of following Christ. Upholding the Ten Commandments and resisting sin is part of following Jesus but Jesus also calls us to grow in holiness and virtue. We are not called to hide our gifts or our faith. How are you using the gifts and talents that God has blessed you with to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth? Pray for the courage to take risks in the name of God and for new opportunities to share your God given talents with others.
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Reflection for Sunday November 8, 2020 By Turner Coomes
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13
This gospel passage symbolizes the importance of being prepared for the arrival of the Bridegroom, Jesus. It is similar to being let into heaven. The virgins who were not prepared who missed out on the wedding feast. Those who were ready and had open hearts were admitted to the feast. We must be prepared to receive God and accept him or we will not be admitted to the eternal feast. We never know when our time will come to move on from this world. I challenge everyone here to prepare themselves more fully for the Lord so we may be accepted into his home and eat at his table. What can you do to prepare yourself to join the wedding feast in Heaven?
This week's reflection is from Turner Coomes, Roman Catholic High School class of 2024.
Reflection for Sunday November 1, 2020 by Frank Amuso
Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-12
This week, we read the first and likely the most important of Jesus’ teachings from His famous Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes, as they are known, are Jesus’ own rules for virtuous living, not unlike the Ten Commandments, which were a part of Scripture even in His time. Whereas the Commandments detail what NOT to do, however, Jesus’ Beatitudes establish the qualities of those who will ultimately be rewarded in Heaven, detailing the sort of life any Christian should hope to lead. As He says, blessed are the poor in spirit, they who mourn, the meek, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers, those who hunger for righteousness, and those who are persecuted for the sake of that righteousness. In some cases, it is immediately clear how such virtues as being “merciful” and “peacemakers” can lead to the ultimate reward of Heaven, but what does it really mean when Jesus tells us to be “poor in spirit” and “meek”? By no means would Jesus want us to lack courage and faithfulness, so instead the “spirit” He refers to can best be understood as pride: those who are not wrapped up in pride, or in other words who are humble, will ultimately be given the kingdom of Heaven. As for “meek,” although it may sound like Jesus is asking us to be “weak,” it is better interpreted as “patient,” or better yet “reverent”: those who are patient will be the ones to inherit the land in the end. Jesus ends the passage by telling us that each of us is blessed, even when insulted or persecuted because of Him. If you work the best you can to live virtuously as He teaches, your reward in Heaven, eternal life with God, will be great. How can you better live out the beatitudes this week?
This week's reflection is from Frank Amuso, St. Joseph's Prep class of 2022.