Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Fr. Ivan Olmo

“The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness.” Some time ago, a commercial invited us to consider and ponder the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The response may differ and depend on your working status or the means available to you at this moment. Your response may be perhaps a couple of dollars, some credit/debit cards or just a lot of stuff or not much this week until payday. Whatever the answer, it causes us to stop and think.  It causes us to ponder and consider what’s inside our wallet. What if that question were to redirect you and ask you to go deeper than your wallet to ponder, “What’s in your heart?” or “What’s on your mind? How might you stop, pause, reflect and respond similarly or differently?  Often, what is in our heart or what is on our mind can project itself outward and inward to another person.  It could also project onto a given situation and even onto our relationship with God.  We tend to respond from the knowledge we have gained from others or from personal experiences or even from personal judgements and preferences. We tend to project outward into a scene or inward to another’s heart and mind what is in our own heart or on our mind.  Projection can be a defense mechanism because of someone being to inquisitive into our private life or getting a little to close to a past hurt or wound.  We project to move the inquisitor to consider a different question or to get them to move in a different direction.  We may also project to move the focus and attention off of us and onto another, simply by asking a different question to ponder, consider or deflect.  Projecting is a way to distract another person from looking too closely at what we have in our heart or from seeing too clearly what is truly on our mind.  Projecting can be good if we are projecting joy, love, mercy, kindness.  These are helpful and beneficial to all.  What is not helpful or beneficial in anyway is impatience, anger, hurtful words, or negative attitudes.  These reveal what is truly in our heart or on our mind.  At times, we project negative thoughts and emotions onto God who is innocent and wants to assist.  God is not the cause of our anger or hurt but the one that can help us to heal and move forward and through it.  Consider what is in your heart or on your mind but project the goodness of God.   

Reflections from the Heart – December 31, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - December 31, 2023
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Josephby Fr. Ivan Olmo “He who obeys his father brings comfort ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 24, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - December 24, 2023
Fourth Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Nothing will be impossible for God.” I recall in my youth, in my ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 15, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - December 15, 2023
Third Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 10, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - December 10, 2023
Second Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “The Lord is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but ...

Reflections from the Heart – December 3, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - December 3, 2023
First Sunday of Adventby Fr. Ivan Olmo “O LORD, you are our father: we are all the work of your ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 26, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - November 26, 2023
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” The Liturgy of the ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 19, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - November 19, 2023
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Blessed are those who fear the Lord.” One of the ways I ...

Reflections From the Heart – November 12, 2023

Reflections From the Heart - November 12, 2023
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo ​“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.” One of ...

Reflections from the Heart – November 5, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - November 5, 2023
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “For they preach but they do not practice.”  When I hear the ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 29, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - October 29, 2023
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo "Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 22, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - October 22, 2023
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “I am the LORD and there is no other, there is no ...

Reflections from the Heart – October 15, 2023

Reflections from the Heart - October 15, 2023
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Timeby Fr. Ivan Olmo “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!” The word ...
The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.