Monthly Archives: April 2014

April 30

Reflection This is the season that belongs to the trees. They reach against the blue sky with arms of pink and white and yellow, a rainbow all their own. Tired city streets are enlivened with their beauty, and parks and countrysides are saturated with their colors. Trees are our spiritual and physical benefactors. We need them and, now, they need…

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April 29

Reflection In our life history, we circle the self we are, will become, and the center for which we search. Centering is a quieting of motion without loss of vitality. It is never accomplished through sheer will and force. Meditation is one means of finding the mind’s still center: the full nothingness through which all lives must flow toward becoming…

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April 27

Reflection “Too often in its history the Church has been a community of people huddled behind locked doors … to find protection from the menace of heretics, or of Darwin, or of uppity women, or of gays, or of new, unfamiliar ideas, and failing to see that the Spirit was so often moving out there among them … moving as…

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April 26

Reflection Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13-21 The apostles were men of no exceptional ability. Most of them were commonly encountered fishermen, the usual sort of people found in the neighborhood. They had…

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April 25

Reflection “Shalom I leave with you, my shalom I give to you, Not as the world gives do I give it to you.” John 14:27   Shalom embodies the Biblical vision of creation in which all are one, all reality is in harmony and unity and there is wellbeing for every creature. We are not only bound to God but…

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April 24

Reflection There is a residue of the “we had hoped” in all of us. Like the Emmaus’ disciples, our basic problem is one of unbelief. They had been witnesses to all that took place. Yet, there was something preventing them from seeing the truth. We are like those disciples. We wander around in life. Like them, we know the facts…

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April 23

Reflection The biblical meaning of resurrection is a transformation from death to new life.  With the crucifixion and death of Jesus he was simultaneously raised up to new life.  The disciples experienced a presence of Jesus who is alive.  Resurrection is not just a return to life as it was, not just the resuscitation of a corpse.  It is not…

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April 22

Earth Day Reflection The health of Earth depends on a delicate balance of the forces which sustain it. We are the first people who have viewed our planet from space and been awed by its integrity and beauty. We have realized how fragile it is in the vastness of the universe. Yet, even as we are awed by the wonder…

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April 21

Reflection It is interesting that in the gospel narratives it is the women who first learn of Jesus ‘resurrection. They rush to tell the apostles and are met with disbelief. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus tell their story and are met with disbelief. Finally, the apostles experience Jesus themselves and “he upraided them for their disbelief and…

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April 20

Easter Sunday Something happened. We cannot describe the experience. We only know that it was so powerful that the bleak dark of loss became the light of hope and joyfulness. We know that cowards became courageous, fear became daring, silence found its voice and there was an overwhelming conviction that life had conquered death. Jesus lived in God and died…

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