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A Prayer for the End to Conflict in the Middle East

A Prayer for the End to Conflict in the Middle East

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Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Everywhere we look, our culture is telling us we don’t have enough. Jesus offers us the treasure of faith. No matter what our lives look like today, the treasure is already there. Solomon pleases God because he asks only to see the treasure, to have wisdom to stay focused on it. The letter to the Romans reminds us that once we are called, we are also justified and glorified – the message is that we are good enough to be graced here and now.
God’s very life and deepest joy is available to us right now. This is the simplest and most difficult thing about spiritual life. God, help us to let go into what is before us, and to receive all you offer us today.
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Everywhere we look, our culture is telling us we don’t have enough. Jesus offers us the treasure of faith. No matter what our lives look like today, the treasure is already there. Solomon pleases God because he asks only to see the treasure, to have wisdom to stay focused on it. The letter to the Romans reminds us that once we are called, we are also justified and glorified – the message is that we are good enough to be graced here and now.

God’s very life and deepest joy is available to us right now. This is the simplest and most difficult thing about spiritual life. God, help us to let go into what is before us, and to receive all you offer us today.

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this season of Ordinary Time, and in the height of summer, we find perfect summer days marred by rain, wind, and weeds of all kinds. The parables Jesus offer us remind us that evil exists among the good: weeds among wheat, bad apples to torment the good ones. As disciples, we are yeast in the dough, meant to leaven the culture and affect the whole, to be instruments of God’s forgiveness, healing and salvation. And yet, even in us there are weeds of selfishness, deceit, fear and doubt. Just as God allows the weeds to grow among the crop, God allows our weaknesses to dwell alongside all the potential we have to serve Him. We will be measured at the end, the evil in us and in the world finally separated from the good. God sees it is good, as it is right now. Will we trust Him to pull the weeds at the appointed time, and give and receive forgiveness in the meantime? Can we appreciate the sunshine and heat, and make the most of the rain too?
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this season of Ordinary Time, and in the height of summer, we find perfect summer days marred by rain, wind, and weeds of all kinds. The parables Jesus offer us remind us that evil exists among the good: weeds among wheat, bad apples to torment the good ones. As disciples, we are yeast in the dough, meant to leaven the culture and affect the whole, to be instruments of God’s forgiveness, healing and salvation. And yet, even in us there are weeds of selfishness, deceit, fear and doubt. Just as God allows the weeds to grow among the crop, God allows our weaknesses to dwell alongside all the potential we have to serve Him. We will be measured at the end, the evil in us and in the world finally separated from the good. God sees it is good, as it is right now. Will we trust Him to pull the weeds at the appointed time, and give and receive forgiveness in the meantime? Can we appreciate the sunshine and heat, and make the most of the rain too?

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
All three readings and the Psalm this week speak of the fruitfulness of God. While the seed references automatically make us think about biological fruitfulness in Creation, the first reading reminds us that every part of God’s life is aiming to bear fruit. Words, work, rest, play – all we do is a participation in God’s life, begging to be made fruitful. What is the fruit of your life right now? Are you sowing seeds of discontent, petty revenge, self-protection, and resentment? Where are you sowing seeds of joy, faithfulness, rejuvenation, and trust? What return can you see on the sowing? Being open to God’s life should be a part of our whole lives, in our kitchens and offices, neighbourhoods and bedrooms. God wants to give us more life!
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

All three readings and the Psalm this week speak of the fruitfulness of God. While the seed references automatically make us think about biological fruitfulness in Creation, the first reading reminds us that every part of God’s life is aiming to bear fruit. Words, work, rest, play – all we do is a participation in God’s life, begging to be made fruitful. What is the fruit of your life right now? Are you sowing seeds of discontent, petty revenge, self-protection, and resentment? Where are you sowing seeds of joy, faithfulness, rejuvenation, and trust? What return can you see on the sowing? Being open to God’s life should be a part of our whole lives, in our kitchens and offices, neighbourhoods and bedrooms. God wants to give us more life!

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Summer is here! Learn about how you can grow in your faith this summer, by reading our blog post from June.

Summer is here! Learn about how you can grow in your faith this summer, by reading our blog post from June.

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Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Many of us go through life with a distorted understanding of the Gospel: that prosperity is a reward for faithfulness. This gets extended to all areas of life – if I am following God, then I should have the job I want, a boss who adores me, lots of money, good health and no suffering. When I inevitably encounter a lack of perfection or prosperity, this kind of thinking creates a spiritual crisis: God has abandoned me, and/or I have failed God. God doesn’t promise to remove suffering or trial; he promises to be with us in all things. What a life of faith really offers is the gift Jesus promises us in the Gospel: “Come to me and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We are promised gentle rest in exchange for surrendering the challenges of living to Jesus.
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many of us go through life with a distorted understanding of the Gospel: that prosperity is a reward for faithfulness. This gets extended to all areas of life – if I am following God, then I should have the job I want, a boss who adores me, lots of money, good health and no suffering. When I inevitably encounter a lack of perfection or prosperity, this kind of thinking creates a spiritual crisis: God has abandoned me, and/or I have failed God. God doesn’t promise to remove suffering or trial; he promises to be with us in all things. What a life of faith really offers is the gift Jesus promises us in the Gospel: “Come to me and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We are promised gentle rest in exchange for surrendering the challenges of living to Jesus.

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time