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Reflections

 A Prayer for the Times
MAY GOD BLESS YOU...
WITH DISCOMFORT ...
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, So that you may live deep within your heart.
WITH ANGER ...
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
WITH TEARS ...
To shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war.  So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them And to turn their pain into JOY.
And may God bless you WITH ENOUGH FOOLISHNESS... To believe that you can make a difference in this world, So that you can DO what others claim cannot be done. Amen
 - Benedictine Sr. Ruth Fox


 "As For You..."
Hypocrisy didn’t die out with the some of the Pharisees; it is always around.  And it can be present in a "pastoral" approach to religion, as well.  When Jesus turns to his disciples and says, “As for you....” he is looking at us as we profess our faith today.  The way we live and how we treat others will either support or undermine the message we are trying to communicate.  Actions really do speak louder than words.

 My Yoke is Easy...
Religion can sometimes be a terrible burden. There seems to be so much to know and, so little leisure time to learn.  For those who are burdened by the guilt that comes with violations of religious law (the “yoke”), Jesus offers his own “yoke.”  But his yoke is rest and welcome for the outsider. The very ones religion considers unworthy of God are the ones Jesus is reaching out to welcome, “Come to me all who labor and are burdened... Take my yoke...”

 A Different Perspective
The Gospel today reminds us that Jesus is the gate for the sheep, and that we can only be the people He calls us to be by living our lives as He lived HIs. Jesus modeled a life-style to which He was inviting all of his followers to share: one of concern and compassion, of service and dedication, one of relentless and abounding love... one that brings all people together in His own healing power.

 On the Road - Lost and Found
Like the travelers on the road to Emmaus, each of us has been called to witness to Christ's call to Life. Each of us has been nourished in the breaking fo the bread, and each has been sent to feed one other - to nourish and be nourished through community. We are each challenged to proclaim to the world that our God is a God who takes life with absolute seriousness, a God who enters fully into suffering and death and does not allow it the final victory. We do this just by living our daily lives as best we can: by raising our children, by teaching, listening, comforting and encouraging others, guiding and defending life.

 Some Thoughts about Holy Week - 2017
Our reflection on the Passion should make it possible for people with very different spiritual needs to find true meaning in the Cross. Holy Week allows us to discover that despite appearances, God does listen to us and can reverse tragedy; that we can forgive those who do us harm and that we can entrust ourselves totally to the Father. We can affirm the victory of a different kind of king, who has overcome the world.
And we will see that suffering and evil have no power over him, or over us whom he has called to Himself.


 Disjointed Faith
We are called to become a church that doesn't fear to dream; a church unafraid to become what it heals; a church that doesn't fear the body or its failures; a church that isn't afraid to fail, to forgive or to seek forgiveness; a church that isn't afraid to speak to power.  We are called to become a church that knows death is the path to life.  We must dare to become that kind of community -  as John XXIII once described, a "community of peace, willing to walk along the road with anyone, as far as possible." 

 The Light Has Come
Epiphany awakens us today from any glow that might remain from our Christmas celebrations. It celebrates the manifestation of the Incarnation to the whole universe. It embraces the fuller dimensions of the role of the Word-made-flesh: His coming to bring the nations together in peace, His coming to reveal the Father, His coming to change - almost miraculously - the quality of life for all people, His coming to be a light in the darkness.

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