Browsing the 2016 archive of Weekly Reflections

Be thankful

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/21/16

One of the keys to happiness is to be like a kid on Christmas morning – Be thankful for the gifts of those around you and be optimistic and excited about the new gifts that are coming your way.

 Abundance will flow into our life when gratitude flows out ... Read More »

Crystal Ball

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/16/16

Crystal Ball   

Ever look for a sign from God?

We all do. But God doesn’t usually let us know in advance what His plan for us is.

We can’t see the future, BUT we can look at our past.

Look for the signs there. They may not jump ... Read More »

John sounds a little strange

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/06/16

John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:1-3

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin, the son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (who Mary visited and to whom the angel, Gabriel, appeared).

John sounds a ... Read More »

Does anyone care, God?

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 12/02/16

Does anyone care, God?

How can anyone hear without someone to preach? 

We all have a vocation. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  We are called to be Christ to all we encounter in our daily lives by how we ‘see hear and act”. ... Read More »

First Sunday of Advent

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 11/26/16

“you also must be prepared,for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

America is obsessed with the future: the stock market, computers and electronic development, college, retirement, etc. We don’t like to wait, we are impatient. We want to be in control.

But ... Read More »

One door closes another one opens

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 11/20/16

One door closes another one opens

We are ‘closing’ the doors of mercy and praising Christ the King on the same Sunday.

The image of ‘closing’ the door of mercy is difficult for me. Then I remember that Jesus didn’t need a door to come into the upper room ... Read More »

Fear of the Lord

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 11/13/16

“Lo, the day is coming,” Mal 3:19

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues…” Luke

This week’s readings are not so comforting. Such readings should indeed bring forth awe and fear, while at the same time showing us who ... Read More »

All Are Alive!

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 11/05/16

Luke 20:27-38

“they are like angels; and they are the children of God…. he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

As Christians, this is our belief: We believe that the dead are still alive, still themselves and, very importantly, ... Read More »

Thank you ...

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 10/08/16

How many times have you heard an adult encouraging a child to say those two words “Thank You?”

 

Do you need someone to repeat the same reminder to you?

When you serve others, only about 10% will thank you.

Realize this when you serve others, or else you ... Read More »

“You always hurt the one you love”.‏

Posted by Fr. Valentine Rebello on 8/20/16

There is a romantic song called “You always hurt the one you love”.

In this weekend’s 2nd reading, that is the message I get.

‘For whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;’ Hebrews 12

When I was in catholic grammar school, the nuns really pushed these scripture thoughts.

“For behold, ... Read More »