Connect! Sunday Reflections

The Sacrament of Abiding Prescence

Rather than go to Jesus with our needs, we think that we have to fix ourselves, or sometimes, we deny there’s a need altogether through fear or ignorance! only Jesus’ presence has the genuine power to heal a soul-sickness.

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Slipping Through Mysteries

There is something immensely intimidating about mysteries of faith. Broaching a subject like the Holy Trinity without falling into heresy is as easy as walking across a just-mopped floor. For a long time, it meant that I avoided reflecting too deeply within myself on the mystery of the Trinity.

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Receive the Holy Spirit

Send Out Your Spirit Through Us

The Spirit prepares the faithful with a grace that draws them closer to Christ, reveals the Risen Lord to them, and recalls the Word of God — opening their hearts and minds to understand these teachings so they may be embraced, lived, and brought to others.

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A Crisis of Identity

The world needs the Good News of the Ascension of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis tells us, “The Ascension does not point to Jesus’ absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is now in the Lordship of God, present in every space and time, close to each one of us.”

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Living In Love

The Early Church wrestled with questions of inclusivity and what should be expected of the growing number of non-Jewish believers. So, they came together, prayed, and listened to one another to discern how the Holy Spirit was at work in the Church.

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A Love That Is Unconditional, Sacrificial, and Permanent

In today’s gospel, Jesus encourages us to love one another as he has loved us. He showed this love by his willingness to be humiliated, scourged, and crucified for our sins. It is precisely this type of love that Christ is calling us to express in our everyday lives.

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Learn to Hear with Your Heart

There are many voices that call for our attention. We are pulled in hundreds of directions trying to give our full attention to those voices and addressing their needs. Jesus’ voice is that tiny, still voice that speaks in the silence of the heart.

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What We Bring to the Fire

God doesn’t just allow us to drag our dead fish to his already blazing fire — he tells us to. He accepts our offering — our good works, our suffering, our praise, our love. He accepts everything we have to give, and then He sits with us, and He gives us a job to do.

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The Divine Mercy of Jesus

On Divine Mercy Sunday, we celebrate God’s abundant mercy. It may be hard to remember that we live in Jesus’ victory over sin and death; however, if we fail to embrace heaven here, we may miss the opportunity altogether.

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The Mission Did Not Fail!

Ponder the most significant stone or boulder in your life. Do you believe you have a future despite what is before your eyes? When Life Eternal touched the disciples, they were transformed. No longer were their eyes cast down or gazing in the past. God always brings life.

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In the Shadow of the Cross

It would be easy to see the triumphal tone of the entrance into Jerusalem as a grand conclusion of Jesus’ mission. But, as we know, his mission, his journey did not end there. And it is here, that Jesus shows us the way we are to go: the way of humility.

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The Love that Casts Out Fear

A woman who had been caught in adultery is dragged before Jesus. The penalty for her sin is that she be stoned to death. As Jesus sees the woman dragged to him, he probably cannot help but think that soon this same crowd would be dragging him.

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