Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 10

Monday of Holy Week Reflection As we come closer to the end of Lent we can 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 reign on earth. He surely understood where his words and actions were leading. Yet, his prophetic life made him willing

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April 9

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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April 8

Reflection Eventually in life, there comes a point when we realize that everything we encounter and everyone we meet can be a teacher. Teachers challenge us to reach the fullness of our potential. They have the ability to inspire us, to shape our thinking, to open us to the wonder of learning and the excitement of discovery. Teachers have the

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April 7

Reflection To be absorbed in one’s own safety, needs and comfort while others suffer is selfish and self-absorbed. Jesus made it clear that his followers were to be compassionate and inclusive. Artificial focus on differences, feelings of superiority, and unwillingness to open ourselves to the equality and human needs of others is a rejection not only of them but also

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April 6

Reflection Insight enables us to see the true nature of things. It penetrates to the underlying truth of a situation or a life. To have “in-sight” is to see ourselves and others from within. Our own self-knowledge is deepened when we experience an insight into our actions or behavior. It requires that we are open to how others perceive us,

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April 5

Reflection The present moment intertwines time and memory. It is a moment that has never happened before and will never happen again. I have this moment in my grasp briefly and then it is gone into the context of my life. The precious gift of each moment of life builds the fullness of my days. To cherish it and live

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April 4

Reflection To keep God’s word implies not only hearing it but receiving it and acting on it.  It means that we absorb its essence and are transformed by its meaning.  We not only hear it but are willing to let our lives be turned over and made fertile like soil which receives seed and brings it to growth. God’s word

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April 3

Reflection To meet a scary circumstance head on the strength or resolve we name courage. Courage is needed whenever we confront a difficult, frightening, or disturbing situation. When we feel threatened, weak, vulnerable, or intimidated and our first instinctive reaction is to flee, we need the courage to face and defeat our fear, or we will be defeated by it.

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April 2

Reflection Martha said to Jesus,  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. John 11:1 – 45 Martha was matter of fact and to the point. No accepting excuses from her. She said it like it was. ”Where were you when we needed you?” “It is truth in a friendship that gives it depth, and truth

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April 1

Reflection It will not be an infrequent occurrence that people will look at us as fools who are wasting their lives and their time. Part of Christlikeness is to accept the ridicule which Christ accepted, to be willing to live as fools for Christ’s sake. In his letter to the Corinthian church Paul spends a great deal of time explaining

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