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January 26 Weekly Reflection

01-26-2020Weekly Reflection

Children: When we do something wrong, do our parents tell us to say we are sorry? Yes! That is what Jesus tells us this week. When we are naughty, we say that we are sorry to those we hurt; and when we turn away from God's love, we say we are sorry to Him and ask for forgiveness. Each time we apologize to our parents for hurting them, they take us back and love us still - this is the same with God!

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January 19 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: John the Baptist attests to the truth he has seen. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the one to fulfill all of the prophecies. John knows that he must do all he can to tell others of the truth of Jesus and he is unafraid to “testify” that Jesus is the Lord. How can we be more like John the Baptist in this week’s Gospel? Now that we know the truth like John, we are called to “testify that Jesus is the Son of God. Let’s go out and do it!

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January 12 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: In Jesus had no sin, but we read in theGospel today that He seeks to “fulfill all righteousness”by demonstrating His obedience to God. Jesus takes theweight of all our sins and carries them to the Cross. Hispublic ministry begins here, with John baptizing him inthe Jordan. Although Jesus had no need for Baptism, Hemust take our place, truly enter into the water in orderthat He might ascend out of it. Jesus is pointing us, in HisBaptism, to the Cross in that He takes on all of our sin inorder to restore us to what we are made for. Them as theHeavens open up and God is heard speaking and we seethe Holy Spirit, we have a beautiful Trinitarian experience- a theophany, or visible manifestation of God to us all.

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January 5 Weekly Reflection

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Children: Spend some time this week with your familytalking about how it must have felt to visit and meetthe infant Jesus. The Magi came to Him and they leftCHANGED, do we have the same reaction when weencounter Christ in the Eucharistic Feast?

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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December 29 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: In the Gospel today, we learn about how Jesus fulfills the prophesies about where the Savior was to come from. His father, Joseph was visited multiple times by an angel and told what to do and how to protect Mary and Jesus. Take some time this week to speak with and thank your father for all he has done and continues to do in order to protect you and teach you what is right and good.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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December 22 Weekly Reflection

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In the Gospel reading today, we meet Joseph as he is visited by an angel of the Lord. The Angel tells Joseph to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife. This greeting is important because it addresses how Joseph was feeling and it addresses how we often feel during this time as well. Advent presents its own set of challenges for us and often times, this season we spend our days dwelling on the stress of the season and the obligations we have. We fear and dread "Christmas" and just wish it would be over. Take time now, this final week of Advent, to refocus on Christ. Refocus on the beauty of the Incarnation and the impact Christ has made on the world, the impact Christ makes in your life, and the impact Christ will make if only we, like Joseph, awake and do what we have been commanded to do.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

December 15 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus points our attention to John the Baptist. John has one mission, to prepare the way for Christ. John is a prophet proclaiming that the Messiah is coming, like many others, but the interesting thing about him is that his own birth was also foretold! John is special among the prophets because of his proximity to Christ and his likeness. Like John, we are called to be messengers to the world for Christ. Like him, we are called to share the GOOD NEWS of Jesus with a hurting world. Advent is a time for us to take inventory of our own lives and prepare to proclaim the coming of the Savior to others.

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December 8 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: In the Gospel reading this week, we meet John the Baptist proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. He warns those who are not humble that they should be more concerned with helping others than with attempting to do something to save themselves. What he means is that it is not enough for us to acknowledge that Jesus is Christ, that He came to save us and redeemed the world, rather, it is necessary for us to allow our entire lives to be transformed because of this truth. We must bear good fruit, not of our own efforts, but because of the mercy of God flowing through us.

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December 1 Weekly Reflection

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Children: During the Advent season we have the chance to prepare for Christmas. We all do that in many ways and usually, we think of decorations and Christmas music; but there is more to it. We are challenged to also prepare our souls for Jesus, to prepare the way in our heart for Him to come and transform our lives.

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November 24 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: Christ is King. In the Gospel reading this weekend, we are reminded of that as the criminals who were crucified with Jesus engage in conversation with Him. On one hand, there is the criminal who approaches Jesus' kingship from the secular, more common way, he tells Jesus to assert His power. The other man knows that Jesus' power is from above. He has come to establish a kingdom meant for Heaven, not an earthly kingdom of power. Please take some time to read the history of this feast and enter into the grace offered during this special week.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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November 17 Weekly Reflection

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Children: God reminds us today that He will provide for us. He will defend us when times get tough and He will secure our safety. Take some time in prayer this week thanking God for His love and protection.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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November 10 Weekly Reflection

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Adults/Teens: We are called to always be looking toward Heaven. Jesus reminds us today that many of the things that occupy our thoughts while here on earth will simply not matter in Heaven. When God talks about eternity with Him in Heaven, He means it. We will not die, but live forever. Our God is a God of the living. In God, life will always prevail over death. God's reassurance of this is the beauty in the starkness of winter giving way to the breaking of a new dawn, or the life-giving love of one person to another.

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November 3 Weekly Reflection

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Children: God loves us all! And when we hurt others or lie, as Zacchaeus did, God still loves us and wants us to promise not to do those things again, so that we can fully love Him back. When we ask for forgiveness and offer it in return to those that have hurt us, we can truly begin to heal.

Take a moment to reflect on Jesus and His presence in your life. Pray together, aloud, the Our Father.

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