Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 31

Tuesday of Holy Week Reflection On Tuesday, the conspiracies to trap Jesus escalated. Israel’s religious leaders had one goal: to get rid of Jesus of Nazareth. If this meant cooperating with lifelong enemies, the means were justified. The Pharisees, the Herodians and the Sadducees joined forces to discredit Jesus. His authority was questioned. “By what authority do you do these…

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March 30

Monday of Holy Week Reflection As we enter Holy Week, we ponder Jesus’ prophetic response to his society, his witness to truth, and his steadfast adherence to what he recognized as the essence of God’s truth and justice on earth. He surely understood where his words and actions were leading. Yet, his prophetic life made him willing to accept death…

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March 29

Palm Sunday Reflection On a spring day in the year 30, two processions entered Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover. From the east, leading a peasant procession, Jesus rode a donkey down the Mount of Olives. His message was about the Reign of God and his followers came from the peasant class. From the west came an imperial procession led…

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March 28

Reflection The practice of prayer is a lifetime preoccupation. It was easy when we were children. We ”said” our prayers. As we mature spiritually, we realize that prayer involves a wrestling with our concept of God. The comfortable God of our beginnings has been replaced by a Holy Mystery that stretches our souls. To say the old familiar words,”God is…

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March 27

Reflection As we move toward the end of Lent, let us reflect that Lent reminds us to search out where our real commitment lies, to continue exploring, searching, pushing up against the horizons of our awareness. It calls us to put prepackaged ideas of the good aside and asks us to be disciplined enough to let go of our outmoded…

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March 26

Reflection The leadership Jesus demonstrated  refused to obey the games played in positions of power. We live in a world where the powerful get to define the course whether others agree or not. Those who call the powerful to reform are often silenced in one way or another. Keeping people under control and in oppression fits a purpose for those…

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March 25

Feast of the Annunciation Reflection The annunciation is a faith event. Dramatically, this poor, unconventional peasant woman’s free and autonomous answer opens a new chapter in the history of God with the world…Seen in this light, the particulars of Mary’s call, unique in that only one woman conceives and delivers Jesus, illuminate the fundamentals of everyone’s vocation through the ages.…

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March 24

Remembrance of Oscar Romero Reflection In El Salvador, in the 1970s and early 80s, a violent and oppressive military government kidnapped, tortured, and executed dissenters. Oscar Romero was considered a career cleric who could be expected to sustain the status quo and not make trouble. When he became Archbishop of San Salvador on Feb. 22, 1977, he was expected to…

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March 23

Reflection   There is only one thing wrong with the traditional definition of prayer, it misrepresents God. “Prayer”, the old teaching said, was ”the lifting up of the mind and heart to God.” As if God were some regal distant judge outside ourselves. But science- with its new perception that matter and spirit are of a piece, sometimes particles sometimes…

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