Daily Prayer

April 18

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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April 17

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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April 16

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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April 15

Monday of Holy Week Reflection As we come closer to the end of Lent 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…

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April 14

Palm Sunday Reflection On a spring day in the year 30, amidst cheering crowds, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem. His followers were from the poor and the working class and his message was about the reign of God. An imperial procession led by Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, also marched into the city displaying all the power and imperial…

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April 13

Reflection In the present political climate in our country where some public figures tend to flout their Christianity while denigrating the faiths of others it is worth remembering what it means to be a Christian. To be a Christian is to be reflective of the love of Christ.  Jesus made it clear that his followers were to be compassionate and…

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April 12

Reflection Hospitality and hostility are both derived from the same word root — but they couldn’t be more different. Whereas hospitality is about welcoming all, hostility thrives on insider/outsider conflicts.  We are practicing hospitality when we welcome guests, including strangers, into our lives with graciousness. Sometimes it means entertaining ideas that might be alien to us. To be hospitable, you…

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April 11

Reflection Photographs show our relationships with people, the places we’ve travelled to, the events we’ve celebrated and honored. Of all the things that happen to us in the course of our lives, those which are most important get photographed, filed into books and albums that we leave behind like legacies. They provide evidence of our lives having meant something They…

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April 10

Reflection It is our sense of being separate from the Earth that has allowed us to abuse it. If we held the Earth as sacred, as part of the living oneness to which we belong, could we treat it in this way — would we pollute its rivers, kill off its species? Forgetfulness is a most potent poison, enabling our…

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April 9

Reflection Gardening is one the most vital practices for teaching people the art of creaturely life. With this art people are asked to slow down and calibrate their desires to meet the needs and potential of the plants and animals under their care. Gardeners are invited to learn patience and to develop the sort of sympathy in which personal flourishing…

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