Monthly Archives: March 2016

March 31

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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March 30

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” upbraided them for their disbelief and

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March 29

 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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March 28

Reflection Easter is about God saying “yes” to Jesus and what he was passionate about. What Jesus was passionate about was God and the kingdom of God. God was the central reality of his life and the kingdom of God was the center of his message. The kingdom of God was not about heaven, not about life after death, but

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March 27

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 died

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March 26

Holy Saturday Reflection  Christ’s 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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March 25

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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March 24

Holy Thursday Reflection Throughout his ministry, Jesus performed an action consistent enough to be widely noticed. He shared meals with people who were excluded by the Jewish purity laws. According to Jewish custom, one brought to the table only those who were deemed worthy by the prevailing norms of the time. Jesus included everyone and he was criticized for it.

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March 23

Remembrance of Oscar Romero Reflection  Tomorrow if the anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. 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 be quiet and cooperative. Instead, he was converted by

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March 22

World Water Day Reflection In nature, water is beautiful, refreshing and calming. Yet, its power can be frightening and destructive. It nourishes life and it can also destroy life. There has always been an intimate relationship between human beings and water. We know that life began in the waters and is dependent on water. Sacred water is at the heart

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