Category Archives: Desert Reflections

Desert Reflections: Love one another

Fr Charlie points out that Jesus’ commandment to love applies to all whether we are the Samaritans and gentiles of the first century or the liberals and conservatives of today. We are commanded to love as Jesus’ loves – with … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The opposite of slavery is friendship

Fr Greg points out that Jesus teaches his disciples and us a deeper kind of friendship, one based not on mutual usefulness but love – a friendship that is the very opposite of slavery. Today’s Readings Jesus said to his … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Getting beyond us versus them

Fr Charlie points to the disciples’ early efforts to get beyond “us versus them” by regarding all as children of God – an effort that is as important that we make today as it was for the disciples at that first council … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Mother’s Day

Fr Greg finds today’s gospel showing the tenderness of Jesus a perfect fit for Mother’s Day.  Just as God is our Father, so God is also our mother. Today’s Readings The word of God continued to spread, and the number of … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Moving from program to person

Fr Greg reminds us that our religion isn’t about programs or rules, it’s about encountering the person of Jesus who is our way, our truth and our life. Today’s Readings “What God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Passing through the gate

Fr Paul points out that passing through the gate – making a personal commitment to Christ – is not a onetime event but, but like the sheep following the shepherd’s voice through the sheep gate in today’s gospel, something we … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: God being God

Ananias discovers in today’s first reading that God desires to cure Saul in spite of the evil he has done. Fr Charlie observes that God doesn’t love us and help up because we deserve it; God loves us and helps us … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Surprised by Joy

Opportunities to experience the joy God offers surround us. We can either be open to them, like the royal eunuch in today’s first reading, Fr Charlie observes, or we can risk missing them by not being willing to embrace them. Today’s Readings When they … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Bountiful Redemption

Ask anything of me and I will do it, Jesus proclaims to Philip and to us in today’s gospel. The real spiritual life, Fr Greg suggests, is nothing more than being able to live with the generosity of God. Today’s Readings Christ … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Listening to the truth

Can we bear to listen to the truth when we hear it – or do we, like those Stephen addresses in today’s first reading, cover our ears? Fr Peter suggests that we make some time today to go to that … Continue reading

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