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Desert Reflections: Wash Away My Guilt

Although David had “cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword” (2 SM 12:9) and taken his wife as his own, God had forgiven him.  Yet, in today’s first morning prayer Psalm, David continues to express his guilt over his … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Bread of Life

Scripture stories have been told for centuries in the art of the Church’s great cathedrals. Köln Cathedral, in particular, tells tell the story of the Eucharist in four scenes from John’s gospel: the wedding feast of Cana, the feeding of … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?

Fr Charlie wonders why Saul, in today’s first reading, thought he had the right to persecute others for their beliefs.  It turns out to be Jesus’ question, too. None of us has the right to force our will on others … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Becoming Jesus

Jesus proclaims that he is the “bread of life,” the bread that comes down from heaven, in today’s gospel.  Can we believe, Fr Greg asks, that if all were to partake of that bread – there would be no more … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Face of an Angel

Stephen literally commits his life to Jesus in today’s first reading.  Fr Peter prays that we, like Stephen, strengthened by the bread of life, may not falter when are called upon to testify to the truth. Today’s Readings All those … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Rest of the Story

Jesus appears to the disciples in today’s gospel as they are discussing the report of how two of them had encountered him on the road to Emmaus.  Fr Peter points out, however, that today’s gospel is only the beginning of … Continue reading

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Expressing Love and Joy

We woke up this April morning to a blizzard.  It is as beautiful as it is surprising.  After walking the dogs for their morning constitutions, I shoveled the driveway and cleared the walkway to the house – more for the … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: Take My Yoke Upon You

Gamaliel offers sound advice to the Sanhedrin in today’s first reading: God’s love, compassion, will and healing in Jesus Christ cannot be defeated. Fr Greg points out that our job, as followers of Jesus, is to discover God’s will in our … Continue reading

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Desert Reflections: The Gift of the Spirit

Fr Peter reminds us that, like the apostles in today’s first reading, we are commanded to “obey God rather than men.”  We, too, are called to speak out against injustice and corruption.  We, too, are called to care for the … Continue reading

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Who Is Your Neighbor?

Who is your neighbor?  No, I’m not asking the question from a biblical perspective.  I am asking the question from a strictly geographic perspective.  Who is the person who lives in the house or perhaps apartment next to your house … Continue reading

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