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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - March 4

March 7, 2013
March 4, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In Sunday’s first reading, we heard how Moses came to know God and his place in the Father’s plan in a revelation from God through the burning bush: a bush that was on fire but was not consumed.  In the history of the Church, the burning bush has often been seen as a symbol of Mary who was on fire with the Love of the Holy Spirit, and who even conceived in Her Womb God made man by the power of the Holy Spirit, while her virginity was not consumed.  Just as God revealed His love for His chosen people to Moses through the burning bush, so now even in a more powerful manner, God reveals Himself in the Incarnation in and through Mary.

Moses later would be given the Law of God on stone tablets while on Mt. Sinai.  But now we have the new Law of God which perfects the Old, and this Law is not written on stone tablets, but primarily it is written on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Just as the first three commandments show us how to love God, so too the Sacred Heart of Jesus reveals Divine Love.  The last seven commandments show us how to love neighbor, so too the Holy Spirit reveals Immaculate Love in the Heart of Mary who has a perfect love of neighbor in Her Love for God.

So now Mary holds us in Her love as she desires that our hearts too be imprinted with the New Law of God and come to resemble the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Her own Immaculate Heart.
 

Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 28

March 1, 2013
February 28, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Thus says the LORD:
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the LORD.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary shows us what it looks...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 26

March 1, 2013
February 26, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In today’s Gospel our Lord Jesus says, “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.”  Jesus reminds us that no one can satisfy our thirst for a Father, not even our earthly fathers.  No matter how good they are, they still fail us and leave us desiring more.  That is because we are made for God to be our Eternal Father, from whom all fatherhood comes.  Even the best of fathers in this life are nothing compared to the infi...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 22

February 23, 2013

February 22, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

On this feast of the Chair of Peter, we celebrate this great gift of unity that God our Father has given us in the papacy.  Our Lord Jesus speaks to Peter of his identity in the Father’s Love: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church…”  Peter hears of his place in the Mystical Body of Christ fr...


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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 21

February 22, 2013
February 21, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

In the first reading today, Queen Esther intercedes to God for her people, the chosen people who are in exile and who are in danger of being exterminated.  She prays with deep desire and surrender: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.  Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking my life in my hand.”  She is risking her very life, surrendering with trust to God whom she knows will not abandon her.

Wha...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 20

February 22, 2013
February 20, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.  Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me.”  This verse from Psalm 51 expresses a lot of desire, a desire for a clean, new heart. It's a desire for a steady spirit secure in our true identity. It's a desire to be in God’s Presence never feeling as if we have to face life alone. And it's a desire for the Holy Spirit to fill my heart.  All ...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 19

February 22, 2013
February 19, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

“Thus says the LORD:  Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;  It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”

Mary’s Immaculate Heart and Her whole person is that rich soil that receives ...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 18

February 22, 2013
February 18, 2013 - To Jesus through Mary

Today our Living God speaks to us; “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”  To be holy is to be our real selves, who God created us to be.  To be holy is to be like God in my human nature.  In the first reading, God shows us that the first step in being holy is to avoid sin. It calls us to avoid dark choices in our life such as living a lie, harming another’s reputation with gossip, holding onto a grudge, and so many other decisions that h...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 16

February 22, 2013
February 16, 2013 - in preparation of the Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.  He said to him, “Follow me.”

Levi, who became Matthew the apostle, was sitting in his main place of sinfulness.  The customs post or tax collector's booth was a place of greed, a place of addiction, a place of cheating and dishonesty… the place of his weakness.  But this is where Jesus “saw” him.  What must have been that gaze of love of Jesus...
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Fr. John's Lenten reflection - Feb. 15

February 22, 2013
February 15, 2013 - in preparation for the Consecration to Jesus through Mary

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?” This word “bridegroom” stood out for me throughout the day. In our preparation to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary, it really is a journey into the Father’s Wedding Feast that He has prepared for His Son.  The Father’s Love story is revealed in the Pierced Heart of Jesus who thirsts for our hea...
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