Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 31

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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Planning for Cleaner Groundwater

At our March 10th Assembly we discussed plans about constructing two alternative waste management systems on our Brentwood property to replace the ones now in use. One would modernize the system in the motherhouse complex and one would be for the Maria Regina Skilled Nursing Facility. These systems would reduce the quantity of nitrogen and other nutrients entering our groundwater.…

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March 30

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 29

Holy Thursday Reflection According to scripture, the night before he died Jesus shared a meal with his friends. During the meal, he broke the bread and shared it and also shared the cup of wine with them. He asked that whenever they did this they would remember him. This has become the primary Christian sacrament and it is based in…

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March 28

Wednesday of Holy Week  Reflection One very prominent theme in Mark’s gospel is the theme of failed discipleship. The Apostles failed to accept their destiny to remain alongside Jesus. Like those early apostles, we would like to avoid these implications of discipleship. We would like the conclusion of holy week to be about the interior rather than the exterior, about…

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March 27

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 26

Monday of Holy Week  Reflection As we begin Holy Week, 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 to accept death as…

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March 25

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 24

Remembrance of Oscar Romero Reflection Today is 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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