Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 20

Reflection Consecrate them in the truth. John 17:11-19  The disregard for facts today in the pursuit of power, fame or wealth surrounds us and makes us skeptical and cynical. Claims to the truth appear to divide rather than to unite us. Disregard for what is factual and avowal of the opposite confuses us. We need to reflect on how to

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April 19

Reflection The gospel which literally means “good news” is not given to us to tell us that we have failed or been false.  That is not news and it is not good. We already know much of that about ourselves…Rather, the gospel is given to tell us what we do not know, or what we have forgotten, and that is

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April 18

Reflection The beauty of the natural world gives us momentary experiences of God and moves us to long for God more deeply.  We need this connection with nature which lies deep in our psyches as an inheritance from our primitive ancestors and their respect for sacred places. Most of us, whether or not we are members of a particular religious

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April 17

Reflection Wherever we are people are being impacted by our presence. We project either peace and joyfulness or distress and unhappiness. Words are not necessary. People who are in our presence can either feel enhanced or depleted. Our inner attitudes are projected as either life-giving or de-energizing. We create an atmosphere for those with whom we live, those with whom

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April 16

Reflection How can you, a Jew, ask me a Samaritan woman for a drink? John 4:5-4  Jesus broke through the rigid laws and prejudices of the time. He saw not a woman from a despised race but a person who had basic goodness and the potential to be a disciple. He made a simple request:” Give me a drink”. She

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April 15

Reflection The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. 1John 2:1-5 Jesus embodied God’s will for humanity—humility, authenticity, responsibility and loving service to the Whole, now and on behalf of future generations. His ways of thinking, acting, loving and resisting evil reveal our way into a God glorifying and evolutionary robust future. Jesus

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April 14

Reflection God’s image in us remains an ember waiting to burst into flame. We dwell in a universe of fractured relationships where the Spirit longs to breathe the Pentecost tongues of fire into full form. We are asked to see the others in our midst as they are, not as we expect or want them to be; dealing with differences

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April 13

Reflection We have recently  spent the days of Holy Week reflecting on the last days of Jesus who chose fidelity to his mission over the safety of membership in the group.  He chose to speak the truth as he saw it rather than to deny it and acquiesce in order to save his life and reputation.  For us who consider

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April 12

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

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April 11

Reflection Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13-21 The apostles were men of no exceptional ability. Most of them were commonly encountered fishermen, the usual sort of people found in the neighborhood. They had no

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