Reflections

Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sept 4, 2022

By Ann O’Connor, Notre Dame Associate

Central theme

Today’s readings challenge us to the true discipleship of total commitment to the will of God, putting God first in our lives.

The Readings

The readings help us think about what we truly desire. The first reading tells us we cannot understand the mind…

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Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time – August 28, 2022

By Sr. Dorothy Rolf, ND

This week’s reflection is a diversion from the Sunday Readings.

I invite you to use Psalm 67 for your meditation this week.  It’s a reminder of God’s love and care for each of us.  It could be your daily prayer this week. 
“God, you…

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Reflection for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 21, 2022

By Rita Melgares, Notre Dame Associate

Luke 13 13:22-30

Competition:  we all want to win; some, of course, will lose.

 
VICTORY-DEFEAT
JOY-PAIN
BIRTH-DEATH
LIFE IS ALL OF THESE.
Jesus knew joy…and tears…He knew birth…and life…and death.

After the Crucifixion, Jesus rose from the dead!  That’s what His life was all about.

Throughout Luke’s account of Christ’s life, as…

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Reflection for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary time…August 14, 2022

By Sr Mary Hlas ND

Today’s Gospel, initially, can be very confusing.  Luke begins this Gospel with Jesus telling His disciples, “I have come to set the world on fire and how I wish it were already blazing.”

We see, on television, many parts of the world where huge fires…

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Reflection for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time – August 7, 2022

By Rod and Connie Determan, Notre Dame Associates

Just as in the Second Reading Hebrews 11:16 “But now they desire a better homeland, a heavenly one.” my desires were to see where God could fill my life and look for a better homeland. There isn’t a GPS or a…

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Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary time…July 24, 2022

By Kathryn Schinker, Notre Dame Associate
Planning and “God Willing”
Planning is an integral part of our lives, day in and day out.  From the moment we awake to lying in bed at night to review plans for tomorrow.

I was reminded of an old joke about “when I make plans,…

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Reflection For The 17th Sunday Of Ordinary Time – July 24, 2022

By Sr Joan Polak, ND
PRAYER
I imagine we all pray sometime.  What is your way of prayer? Is it asking for something, thanking for something, bargaining with God, or is it just talking to God?

Again, I ask: What is your way of prayer? Persistent begging? Bargaining with God? Thanksgiving…

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Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 17, 2022

By Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate

In our gospel reading for Sunday, we have Martha busy preparing a meal and making her visitors comfortable, not unlike Abraham and Sarah in our first reading who reach out to three strangers– and not unlike the Good Samaritan in last Sunday’s reading…

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Reflection for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 10, 2022

By Barbara Hickey, Notre Dame Associate

Luke 10:25-37

Jesus’ first and most important commandment is to love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself. We love family members and friends of course, but Jesus wants us to love people we don’t know, people who don’t want…

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Reflection for the 13th Week in Ordinary Time – July 3, 2022

By Judith Moe McCallum, Notre Dame Associate

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 66

Response: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
3 Say to God, “How awesome you are!”
4 All earth bows down before you and sings to thee.
6 Come and see the marvels of God, His awesome deeds for us.
16…

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