Monthly Archives: April 2019

April 30

Reflection With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Acts 4:32 Other prophets, other messiahs, came and went in Jesus’ day. Routinely, they died violently at the hands of the pagan enemy. Their movements either died with them, sometimes literally, or transformed themselves into a new movement around a new leader. Jesus’ movement did…

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April 29

Reflection On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Shalom. John 20:19-31 The locked places of our lives are always more about what is going on inside of us than around us. The…

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April 28

Reflection Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed. John 20:19-31 Our task is not to search for the God beyond but to become aware of the God who is within, who sustains us, who is the unconditional gift of life and of love. “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who…

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April 27

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” upraided them for their disbelief and…

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April 26

Arbor Day Reflection There exists a special relationship between trees and humans. They have been given deep meaning through the ages. The ancient symbol of the Tree represents physical and spiritual nourishment. Trees play a role in many mythologies and religions. They are seen as powerful symbols of growth and resurrection, transformation and liberation, union and fertility. The balance of…

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April 25

Reflection Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? Luke 24:13-35 That presence of the risen Christ was so real, so powerful that it changed everything for them, and even sent those who fled Jerusalem in fear back to share this incredible good news:  the crucifixion had failed, Jesus…

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April 24

Reflection Christian faith proclaims that the cross is not the final word. It blossoms into the tree of life: “He is risen, Alleluia.” This Easter Good News has always involved bodiliness. Faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ affirms that it is not his soul alone which is saved from death but his whole body-person-self. Starting with a humiliated body…

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April 23

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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April 22

Earth Day Reflection We are the first people who have viewed our planet from space and been awed by its integrity and beauty. We have realized how fragile it is in the vastness of the universe. Yet, even as we are awed by the wonder of our planet, we realize that our own insensitivity to its nature is causing irreparable…

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April 21

Easter Sunday Reflection There were no witnesses to the resurrection. 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…

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