Category Archives: Desert Reflections

Desert Reflections: Come to me

Fr. Charlie wonders why we never seem to take Jesus up on his open ended offer to help – at least not until we’ve tried to fix things ourselves. Today’s Readings It was not because you are the largest of … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: It all began in Thailand

Fr. Peter recounts his at first reluctant journey to the priesthood beginning in Thailand as an Air Force sergeant as we celebrate his 40th Anniversary as Redemptorist Priest. Today’s Readings “[The Loud, your God,] fed you with manna, a food … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: From 613 to just 1

Fr. Paul notes the progressively simpler take Jesus has on the Mosaic Law – from pointing to the most important of the 613 mitzvot in the Torah early in his ministry, to reducing them to only two commandments later on, … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Going beyond forgiveness

Fr. Greg points out with Jesus in today’s gospel that forgiveness among Christian “brothers and sisters” is not enough. To be viable members of Christ’s body we must go beyond forgiveness to reconciliation. Today’s Readings Where the Spirit of the … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Choosing Life

Fr Charlie likens the tension we see in today’s readings between choosing to follow the letter of the law versus choosing to follow the Spirit to the characters of Salieri and Mozart as portrayed in the 1984 movie Amadeus.  Fr. … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Jesus – God’s “Yes”

Fr Greg points out in today’s gospel Jesus says “Yes” to what brings light and flavor to our lives. In a world filled with so much “No,” Jesus offers us God’s affirming “Yes.” Today’s Readings The Son of God, Jesus … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Following Jesus

Fr Peter reflects on how Mother Teresa, now St Teresa of Kolkata, loved and lived the beatitudes: Today’s gospel message is simple, but not easy: If we want to follow Jesus, live the beatitudes. Today’s Readings Blessed be the God … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: An old fashioned love story

Fr Peter explores the mystery of the Trinity as an old fashioned love story. Today’s Readings [Moses said to the Lord:] “This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.” EX … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Tearing down the walls around our hearts

Fr Charlie points out that while the Holy Spirit can help, we are the ones who must decide we want to tear down the walls around our hearts – to choose love or to choose fear. Today’s Readings When the … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Do you love me?

Fr Greg notes that at some point we all loose our independence. Yet our loss of independence does not mean a loss of happiness if we give our independence to Jesus. Can we answer Jesus, with Peter, in today’s gospel: … Continue reading

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