Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 12

Reflection With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Acts 4:32 Other prophets, other messiahs, came and went in Jesus’ day. Routinely, they died violently at the hands of the pagan enemy. Their movements either died with them, sometimes literally, or transformed themselves into a new movement around a new leader. Jesus’ movement did…

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April 11

Reflection In Jesus Christ, God brings life from death, light from darkness. The awakening of the earth in Springtime, the lengthening of the daytime hours are images that promise resurrected life. Under the dark cover of snow, there was life ready to become vibrant again. Jesus refers to his own act of self-giving in the image of the grain of…

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April 10

Reflection Simon Peter, Do You Love Me? John 21 There is a fragility in all of us. The words and actions of others often touch into our spirits and deprive us of peace. Our security is shaken. We are pained by perceived misunderstanding or betrayal. The questions of Jesus to Peter, “Do you love me?” and then “Do you love…

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April 9

Reflection Shalom I leave with you, my shalom I give to you, Not as the world gives do I give John 14:27 Shalom is generally translated as peace, but in Hebrew there are no one-word translations rather, every word has shades. and depths of meaning. Thus, shalom implies completeness, order, fullness, harmony, tranquility, health, prosperity, wholeness and the absence of…

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April 8

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 men 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 7

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 6

Reflection On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them,“Shalom. John 20:19-31 The locked places of our lives are always more about what is going on inside us than around us. The disciples had…

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April 5

Easter Sunday Reflection 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…

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April 4

Holy Saturday Reflection Jesus’ body lies in a tomb hewn from rock; he is returned to the earth. It is the earth the birther of life, the earth into which he said the seed must fall to live again. All is silence while germination takes place. We reflect that nothing that exists is ever lost only transformed, that the remains…

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April 3

Good Friday Reflection The execution of Jesus was a consequence of his preaching and behavior. He preached and acted in fidelity to God, with all the radical consequences this had for social and religious institutions and this led to confrontation with those in power. He preached a God of the outcast and sinner, and this led to his own death…

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