Category Archives: Desert Reflections

Desert Reflections: All things are possible

Fr Charlie describes worrying about how bad things might get, as Gideon does in today’s first reading, as a misuse of the imagination: “For God,” as Jesus points out in today’s gospel and Gideon later discovers, “all things are possible.” … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: What must I do to be saved?

Fr Peter asks “What about us?” Are we able, unlike the “good” man in today’s gospel, to let go of whatever keeps us from Jesus? Today’s Readings When the judge died, [the Israelites] would relapse and do worse than their … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Saying no to honoring evil

Fr Charlie notes that in today’s gospel we learn that, for Jesus, Canaanite lives matter – as do all lives. Statues in our public places honoring those who would enslave others are no more appropriate than statues of Satan in … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: We are made for intimacy

Fr Greg points out with Jesus in today’s gospel that we are made for intimacy – with creation, with each other but most of all with God. Today’s Readings “You have eaten of vineyards and olive groves which you did not … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Why forgiving others matters

Fr Greg points out that forgiving others allows us to focus on what our lives really are all about – the good God is doing for us rather than what other people are doing to us. Today’s Readings While all … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Two or more

Fr Peter points to the power of prayer, proclaimed in today’s gospel – a power available to all who would gather together in love in Jesus’ name. Today’s Readings [Since his death] no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses, … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Children of Mary

Fr Charlie points out that in making Mary the mother of “the disciple whom he loved,” Jesus made Mary our mother as well.  Mary, like Jesus, has no favorites but loves all equally – as should we. Today’s Readings [The … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Serving each other

Fr Paul explores the rich life of St Maximilian Kolbe who, like Jesus in today’s gospel, would lay down his life. While we may not be called to give our life for another we are all called to serve each … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Sometimes you can’t wait out the storm

Fr Greg suggests sometimes, like Peter in today’s gospel, we can’t wait out the storm; we have to take that first step anyway. Today’s Readings There was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Celebrating the feast of St Clare

Fr Paul recalls seeing the 1972 Movie, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” and how a beautiful young Clare found, as in today’s gospel, that it is losing our life that we find it. Today’s Readings Moses said to the people: “Ask … Continue reading

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