Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 31

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 “The world envisions peace as the absence of war.  Jesus’ vision of shalom is far more embracing than that.  It reaches into the very nature of God’s bond with creation, with our human nature and the…

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July 30

Reflection The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Matthew 13:44-46 Recognizing his find to be of inestimable worth, the  merchant sacrificed whatever was necessary to make it his own. There is a cost involved in obtaining…

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July 29

Reflection  We seem to have been comfortable with a judgmental and punitive God up above who distributed favors and was placated by sacrifices.  A loving, present, compassionate, forgiving God seems to be someone we accept intellectually but who eludes us in reality. Yet, Jesus constantly preached and gave witness to God’s ever abiding love. It is worth probing what it…

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July 28

Reflection  How many times do we see ourselves and our political or religious leaders finding the message of Jesus too demanding to be heard?  It is easier to ridicule those who listen and are changed.  To change our own ways, our own structures and our own privileges is just too frightening to be a consideration.  We go back into our…

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July 27

Reflection Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face in the light of the moon and the patterns of stars in scarred mountain rifts and ancient groves in mighty seas and creatures of the deep Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face in the light of eyes we love in the salt of tears we…

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July 26

 Reflection Living in a time that can cause us to lose heart, we need to be creative. We need to let go of the comfortable and step out into the possible. Yet, creativity requires courage. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective and in a new arrangement, transforming it into a new thing, reshaping…

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July 25

 Reflection All traditions have the story of a call. It may come from within or without but it beckons one to set out on a journey. Whether it is an actual movement to another place or an inner movement to a personal transformation, there is the metaphor of a journey which requires a response. The answer given requires faith and…

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July 24

Reflection Jesus had expectations of his apostles. They were ordinary men leading simple lives. There was nothing remarkable about them except the potential he saw. He called them to become something special and they responded…not perfectly, not without limitations, but with confidence because they had been chosen. They knew he saw what they could do and they felt responsible to…

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July 23

Reflection If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest Matthew 12:24-30 Perhaps there were some overzealous “weeders” in Matthew’s congregation who wanted to purify the community by rooting out the bad seed. This seems to be a temptation for followers of Jesus in every age. We whip ourselves…

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JULY 22

Feast of Mary Magdalene Reflection “…the contributions of this woman to the ministry of Jesus, her fidelity during his crucifixion, and her leadership as first apostolic witness to the resurrection place her in a pivotal role at the foundation of ekklesia. Yet, centuries of patriarchal construal in literature, art and preaching have depicted Magdalene as a repentant sinner, most likely…

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