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Daily Reflections from Assumption Clergy

Hello,

With the prohibition of public Masses and all of our other isolation I thought it might be a good practice to start a daily reflection to be e-mailed to parishioners.  The e-mail will have a regular title so you will know if it is the reflection or some other update that I am releasing.  I will plan on it being based on that days Mass, most likely the readings but possibly on the feast day like today.  And so you don’t get bored with me Msgr. McCumber and Fr. Patrick will also be taking turns in these reflections. Peace, Fr. Nick


Begin by CLICKING the IMAGE to READ TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READINGS

Daily Reflection – 4/07/2020 – Tuesday of Holy Week

In today’s reading from Isaiah (49:1-3, 5a,6) the second oracle of the Servant of the Lord continues the description of the anonymous servant of God who was formed “as His servant from the womb.”  This oracle describes a great future for the servant who will be a “light to the nations.”  Generations later, this prophecy is embodied by Christ who comes to be that light for all peoples and to bring the salvation of God to every nation.  Our faith rests firmly on this great mystery, we are caught up in God’s plan of salvation.  We too have been formed from the womb to be servants of a loving God.  At this time when we are practicing social distancing it is more important than ever to reach out to others in need.  Those who have no family in town or perhaps who have no family at all.  Those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one.  Those who have undergone some major change in their lifestyle, such as a divorce or health issue.  There are still others who are in need of our light, our prayers, and our kind words.  Now is the time to let our light shine. (Msgr McCumber)

Daily Reflection – 4/06/2020 – Monday of Holy Week

As I was praying with today’s Gospel I was struck by our Lord’s words: “You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” Those words stung a little more than they might have usually. One of the great temptations of this time is to fall into the trap of thinking that Jesus has abandoned us. The disciples were probably tempted to think the same thing on that first Good Friday many centuries ago. We must remember that God does not abandon his people. He is still with us. Remember that elsewhere Jesus promises us “where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them” (Mt. 18:20). As we prepare for the Sacred Triduum we should remember that God has not abandoned us. I challenge you to try to find God in your life today. When we search for him we will surely find him. May God continue to bless you all! (Fr Patrick)

Daily Reflection – 4/05/2020 – Passion/Palm Sunday - the start of Holy Week

As Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem we want to be there with the crowds, we want to see Him with our eyes, shouting our praises, our acclamations and sharing in His glory.  This year the Sunday’s readings are taken from Year A, thus in St. Matthew’s description (Mt. 21:1-3, 6-11) of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, Jesus is clearly in charge.  He sends His disciples to make arrangements for the procession into the city, and the crowds respond with cries of adoration.  Even as this joyous event draws us into its unfolding, we know that Jesus’ passion and death will soon follow.  But for today, we want to acclaim Jesus as our Lord and share in the glory of this prophet from Nazareth. (Msgr McCumber)

Daily Reflection – 4/04/2020 – Saturday of the Fifth week of Lent

The Gospel today has some lines in it that struck me a little different in our current situation than normal, “So from that day on they planned to kill him.  So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews…”  Some question whether we should still be gathering for Mass and Confessions as we did before the restrictions due to the Coronavirus, does this not gathering show a lack of faith specifically at a time when we need it?  Yet in the Gospel we see that even Jesus, aware that some were planning to kill him, let this affect his public ministry and withdrew to a different area until he needed to come for the most critical part of his ministry.  I hope this encourages us to take the appropriate precautions also.  To realize the many ways that God is with us, and to even allow this to increase our gratitude for the sacraments when we can fully celebrate them together again. (Fr Nick)

Daily Reflection – 4/3/2020 – Friday of the Fifth week of Lent

In the Gospel (John 10: 31-39) reading for this day, Friday, April 3rd, the tension between Jesus and some of the Jews is about to become violent in this exchange between them.  Although Jesus’ listeners are devout Jews, they regard His statement about identifying Himself with God as being blasphemous.  The law required punishment by stoning…that was the law!  But Jesus points to His works as evidence that He was sent from God.  This is a good lesson for us at this stressful time in our history.  When we say that we believe, do we really?  Not on the surface level, but deep down in the depths of our hearts, so that what we say is supported by what we do.  If Jesus were to tell us, like He did Peter, to step out of the boat and come to Him across the water, would we?  Throughout His public ministry, Jesus instructed His followers to listen to His words, but also to follow His example in their deeds.  This is our calling as well. (Msgr. McCumber)

Daily Reflection – 4/2/2020 – Thursday of the Fifth week of Lent

In today’s Gospel Jesus says to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps My word will never see death.” (John 8:51)  The argument goes forth from there is whether Jesus can really say this, is He greater than Abraham?  Or the prophets?  The reason for their arguments is that of course they would follow His word if they believed He had the power to carry it out.  If we declare ourselves to be Christians we should definitely believe Jesus has the power to carry out this promise, so what reasons would we give for not carrying out His word? (Fr Nick)

Daily Reflection – 4/01/2020 – Wednesday, the Fifth week of Lent 

CLICK HERE for a VIDEO REFLECTION on Today's Scripture from Fr. Patrick

Daily Reflection – 3/31/2020 – Tuesday, the Fifth week of Lent 

It’s not always easy for us to understand who Christ is in St. John’s Gospel.  In the Gospel reading for this day, 3-31-2020, taken from St. John’s Gospel (8:21-23), Jesus tells the Pharisees about His impending return to the Father.  When Jesus tells them that they cannot come to where He is going, He probable means that since they did not accept Him while He was among them, they will not be part of His future glory.  Although this seems rather harsh, it underlines how important it is for the readers of St. John’s Gospel to accept the truth about Jesus teaching, and let His teachings shape our life as His followers.  It is not enough for us to know about Jesus, rather, it is everything to love Jesus.  At this time of uncertainties, I pray each of you will stay strong in faith, and sincere in love. (Msgr McCumber)

Daily Reflection – 3/30/2020 – Monday, the Fifth week of Lent 

This week we enter Passiontide, the final two weeks of Lent. This Lent has looked so different for us since for much of it we have been deprived of the Eucharist. But we have the unique opportunity for these weeks to be special times of retreat with the Lord. The readings today remind us of his mercy and how we are to model that mercy to other. We are not called to condemn or harshly judge, but to have mercy. Who is it in your life who is voiceless or helpless and how can you pray for them and stand for them? May we have the courage to do away with condemnation and stand for mercy. May God bless you! (Fr.Patrick)

Daily Reflection – 3/29/2020 – Sunday, the Fifth week of Lent 

Today we read of one of the most incredible miracles of Christ, his raising of Lazarus from the dead.  But we also hear of the incredible faith of his sisters, Martha and Mary.  That they trusted and had faith that Christ could have saved him, and that Martha even states she knows Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that her brother will rise in the resurrection.  Hearing this faith, and yet seeing their suffering, Jesus brings Lazarus back to life, even though he had been dead four days.  But he does so requiring others to also act.  Asking some to roll away the stone to the tomb, he calls Lazarus to come out, and then tells others to untie him from his burial bands.  We need to have faith and trust in God also, and be ready to respond to his call, and be willing to untie one another from the bands that bond us.  We face some challenges in this life now, so that our faith and trust may grow, so we will be ready to answer his call and assist one another when it comes to our eternal life.

Daily Reflection – 3/28/2020 – Saturday, the Fourth week of Lent 

For today's reflection, please return to our home page. Fr Nick prepared 2 video reflections on the Stations of the Cross.

Daily Reflection – 3/27/2020 – Friday, the Fourth week of Lent 

In today's scriptures we are reminded that God has a deep love for the brokenhearted; he cares immensely for the state of his children. Bring whatever you are experiencing these days to God. He is listening to you because he loves you. When the just people cry out to the Lord, he hears them. (Fr Patrick) 

Daily Reflection – 3/26/2020 – Thursday, the Fourth week of Lent 

Why do we believe what Jesus tells us?  Jesus asked that of His followers. Why do they believe what anyone in particular told them?  Was it on the word of John the Baptist, or on the word of Moses?  We realize that we do rely upon others in who we first listen to, in who we will later believe.  Hopefully that started with our parents, then others we learned to trust and who cared about us in our lives.  But ultimately we needed to decide from our own experience if we would believe someone.  Hopefully we have had the fortune that others, who we trusted, helped lead us to find Jesus.  But having found him we have grown to know his love for us, and our faith is truly in Him, and His Father.(Fr Nick)

Daily Reflection – 3/25/2020 – Wednesday, the Fourth week of Lent 
Feast of the Annunciation 

Fr. Patrick opted to "announce" his reflection with a video message. Blessed Feast of the Annunciation to all. CLICK HERE for Fr. Patrick's Video Reflection

Daily Reflection – 3/24/2020 – Tuesday, the Fourth week of Lent 

Jesus meets the ill man at the pool called Bethesda who wants to go into the water to be healed, but is unable to do so.  So, Jesus heals him where he sits.  We are not asked to do more than we can, Jesus comes to us where we are and responds to our needs.  That seems particularly comforting when we realize we are restricted in our gatherings and asked to stay at home.  We need to be open to the ways Jesus comes to us today.

Daily Reflection – 3/23/2020 – Monday, the Fourth week of Lent 

In our reading from Isaiah, the prophet announces an amazing future for the people of God, Israel.  The trials of God’s people will not last forever nor will they be the end of His people.  Rather the difficult times will be overcome, and more importantly, God will revisit all of creation: a new heaven and a new earth to quote Isaiah.  This is a prophetic proclamation that the future will be a time of great joy and prosperity for the people.  As we continue to embrace this season of Lent, and more importantly, to live the Paschal Mystery at this particular time, in faith we know a great joy awaits us.  May God bless each of you and your loved ones. (Msgr. McCumber)

Daily Reflection – 3/22/2020 – Sunday, the Fourth week of Lent 
LAETARE SUNDAY

In our First Reading from Samuel today the Lord reminds us that he “looks into the heart.” There is a lot going on in our hearts during these times. God looked into David’s heart and saw the potential in his heart to become an adulterer, murderer, and a horrible king and father; yet God still chose him. God looks into our hearts and sees all that we are: our succeses and accomplishments; our weaknesses and wounds. Yet God still chooses us. He is not surprised or discouraged, and he is not stopped by our weaknesses. May we bring to God our weaknesses and invite him into our hearts so that we may continue to journey to sainthood together. (Fr. Patrick)

Daily Reflection – 3/21/2020 – Saturday, the Third week of Lent

Do we humbly try to recognize the sins in our lives, and the things we need to change to grow closer to God?  Or do we look around and consider ourselves better than others, not needing to change anything about ourselves?  If we don’t need to change to grow closer to God, maybe we don’t think we need God to get to heaven. – Do we pray to ourselves or do we pray to God? (Fr. Nick)

Daily Reflection – 3/20/2020 – Friday, the Third week of Lent

In today’s Gospel we hear about the two greatest commandments: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” These times of heightened anxiety, social distancing, and more time with family can really try our patience. We should remember that our families and those we are at home with are the ones we are called to love the most in these trying times. (Fr. Nick)

Daily Reflection – 3/19/2020 – Thursday, the Third week of Lent
Feast of St. Joseph the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Solemnity which means we can even forego some of our Lenten disciplines (as long as it was giving up snacks – not if it was giving up swearing).  The Gospel tells us of Joseph’s decision to continue with his marriage of Mary even after he found out she was pregnant at the urgings of an angel, accepting unknown duties and responsibilities and even the path of his life at the request of God.  It seems a good model for us today, realizing the additional burdens and challenges we may be facing in our lives at this time, but to listen to God’s urgings in how we consider the needs of others in our actions. (Fr. Nick)

 

 

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