Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time…January 28, 2018 by Linda Cernik, Notre Dame Associate
There is a saying that “actions speak louder than words”. In Sunday’s gospel Mark 1:21-28, we read about the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. We learn how Jesus’ actions demonstrated the power and authority behind His words- the power of God. Even the demons listen to Jesus and obey! The people were amazed and astonished! His fame spread throughout the countryside!
Let us pray that we will be able to demonstrate our faith in God not only by what we say but also by what we do. It’s difficult in this day and age to hear and understand the voice of God with so many noises and distractions. God is all around us, but to be able to recognize His voice when we hear it can be a major challenge indeed! “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time……January 21, 2018
by Mary Toline, Notre Dame Associate
A reading from the Book of Prophet Jonah Jonah 3: 1-5
The word of the Lord came to Jonah, saying: “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
After reading this I could only think about my life and being a mother, grandmother, friend, neighbor, co-worker, and member of organizations.
Especially with family, when you could see that they had misbehaved, and you warn them and they keep doing the same things; it takes all your patience but you have to lay down the law and tell them to take a time-out, they are grounded, or can’t drive the car, or any other punishment that fits the crime! If you can tell they are improving you let them out of punishment. It makes one feel so bad that they do bad things and feel like you haven’t done a good job of teaching them wrong from right.
We just want everyone to be perfect, but that doesn’t always happen. People can be so mean and rude, but you either say something, say nothing, or just avoid those people completely.
Can you imagine God looking out from Heaven and seeing all the evil going on. I’m sure it hurts him very much. But like a good parent or friend, if he sees improvement he forgives. It is so wonderful we have the sacrament of Confession to tell him our sins and that we hope to not sin again. He continues to forgive us and encourages us on our road to heaven.
Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time…January 14, 2018
by Sister Rosalee Burke ND
In the first reading, Samuel learns how to listen to the Lord and to respond, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
In the Gospel we see men listening to Jesus and responding by following him.
How are we called to follow Jesus? What does Jesus ask of us each day? How are we to respond? Each of our responses will be different. Each of us can do different things for God; not necessarily big things but responses just the same.
Think about what the day will bring that you anticipate. What can you offer to God this day? How can you stay positive? Each day offers numerous opportunities to be happy followers of Jesus. Before you go to bed check on how well you followed Jesus.