Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Humility and Hospitality Luke 14:7-14
“Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of them. “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important they you has been invited and your host who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, ‘Let her have this place.’ Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in the lowest place. Instead when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come and say, ’Come on up my friend to a better place.’” This will bring you honour in the presence of the other guests. For those who make themselves great will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be made great.
Dear God,
Help me to remember I need the two ‘H’s, humility and hospitality.
Whenever I think I can handle life all by myself, remind me that
I always need you.
Remind me to look for opportunities to make others feel welcome.
Through humility and hospitality, draw me closer to you each day. Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

It’s too Late. Luke 16:19-31
We almost feel sorry for the rich man in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Almost. Then you think of poor Lazarus, covered with sores, hoping for just a crumb of food. All he got was the dogs who came to lick his sores. The following is a prayer which might help us see the ‘Lazaruses’ in our lives.

Dear God, it is so easy to ignore people we would rather not deal with.
Give me the grace to notice the forgotten and the ignored,
especially the elderly and the homeless.
If I can do anything to brighten their day, let me have the courage to do it.
Help me to see the unseen. Amen

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

As you read psalms 145-150, notice that the writers were very joyful. Praising God in as many ways as possible, they announce the greatness of God. Music, the stars, princes, kings, all creatures, angels, and all of God’s people are invited to praise.
Yeah God! – a modern approach
Praise God with instant messages and e-mails!
Praise God with newsflashes and radio announcements!
Praise God with skywriting and billboards!
Praise God with rockets and satellites!
Praise God with electric guitars and synthesizers! Psalm 145

Reflection – Anna Byrne DC

Our Enemies Destroyed?
Mighty God, Sometimes I feel like Isaiah. I want to see people who do evil and hurt others completely destroyed. It is hard to understand how people can be so mean and cruel to other people. But Jesus showed us that you even love mean and evil people. So, I pray, Lord, for people who are our enemies. Help them to know your love. Help us to be an example of love and forgiveness so that they might come to believe in you too. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may we live with understanding, peace and justice for all people. Amen. Isaiah, chapter 15.