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
Reflection What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I am? How would this change what you think you have to learn? What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by
Reflection The spiritual life requires that we think enough of ourselves to believe we can serve others without putting ourselves above them. It’s sometimes a tricky balance to maintain. Oftentimes, we are our own worst enemies. We commit acts of sabotage by doubting our own competence. We close off avenues that could lead to personal growth. We put ourselves down.
Reflection Spirituality is for the hatching of the heart. Whatever helps to open our hearts to the reality of the sacred is what we should be engaged in. This awareness leads to an image of the Christian life very different from the one with which I grew up. The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge.
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
Reflection A life centered in God is not acquired by osmosis. One does not find God without looking, becoming aware, and then asking for a depth of understanding. Prayer is the language of seekers. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. The consistent habit of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A
Reflection Young children question the “why” of reality. They question and their imaginations supersede logical thought. Their most clear learning seems to come from images and stories. Perhaps through questioning the why of reality and imagining alternate realities, we can recapture the curiosity of childhood. Why is there violence? Why is there greed? Why is there hatred? Why are people suffering? What is the cause
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
Reflection Our life journey is marked by choices. We can replay the path we have travelled and mark the points where we could have gone other ways. Our choices have set the direction to where we now stand. Some were rational, some were intuitive and others may have been mindless. Yet, all were significant. We were molded by them and
Reflection Spiritual journey is a name used by many different religions to mean the natural progression of persons as they grow in their understanding of God, the world, and themselves. It is an intentional choice to grow deeper in knowledge and wisdom. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints,