Connect! Sunday Reflections

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Our Surging Life Force

For Sunday, May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere. New life is surging up all around! Male birds in all their colorful finery are dancing and prancing to attract mates. Turkey tails are fanned. Rich melodies permeate the morning breezes. Farm animals are fat with soon-to-be-borns. Yes, even the maternity wards in our hospitals are […]

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Handling Snakes

For Sunday, May 17, 2015, The Ascension of the Lord Walking through some grass during a warm spring morning, I stepped on something squishy. My immediate thought was that it was a snake. Waves of revulsion washed over me as I jumped away. Thankfully, it turned out to be only an old discarded length of […]

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May 10

A Message of Love

For Sunday, May 10, 2015, 6th Sunday of Easter It’s been a brutal couple of weeks. Baltimore has been burning. Nepal is in ruins, with tens of thousands lost. Israel remains uneasy and on alert. And the city of Tel Aviv was rocked by protests amid charges of police brutality. At times, it seems we are […]

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Transforming the World

For Sunday, May 3, 2015, 5th Sunday of Easter Resurrection has much more relevance to life than just the promise of more to come when we die! When the first disciples met the risen Lord not only did their understanding of Christ’s purpose become clear, but the way they conducted earthly business became transformed as well. […]

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Shepherding Is Not Peaceful

For Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter I was recently reading a book review by Horatio Clare on the UK’s The Telegraph website about a recently published title, The Shepherd’s Life, by James Rebanks. I can’t say I really know a lot about sheep and shepherds. A few years back, I was traveling the […]

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April 19

We Do Believe, Alleluia

For Sunday, April 19, 2015 Do we really believe in the Resurrection? Jesus’ resurrection? Our own? During the past three weeks I’ve traveled in India and am currently in Uganda, Africa. In India, our tour group boarded a wooden boat at dusk and shoved out into the Ganges River. It was Tuesday of Holy Week, […]

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Proof of the Resurrection

For Sunday, April 12, 2015 2nd Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy Saint Thomas might just be one of the figures in the New Testament who is the easiest for us to relate to. Like him, we have all had our doubts. We’ve wondered how we can know for sure that God exists. […]

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A New Eden

For Sunday, April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Lately, it has seemed as if the world is spinning out of control. Planes plummet from the sky. Buildings crumble. Wars rage. Peace seems, at best, elusive. Into the midst of this, though, comes Easter. All expectations are defied. We are reminded […]

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Companions on the Way

For Sunday, March 29, 2015, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Every human being will experience some type of loneliness at one point or another in their lives. Even people in committed, solid relationships can experience loneliness and it can even be said that a certain dose of it is healthy for personal and relational […]

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May I Reintroduce You to Our Merciful God?

For Sunday, March 22, 2015, 5th Sunday of Lent Time sure flies by. I remember a time not so long ago when we were preparing for the end of time. We weren’t in doomsday cults, but we were normal everyday people who were told that the entire world would be thrown into a tremendous chaos […]

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Letting in the Light

For Sunday, March 15, 2015, 4th Sunday of Lent 1784. Does that date ring a bell with you? Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest daylight saving time in that year. The essay he wrote in The Journal of Paris was called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.” Franklin’s suggestion was that […]

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The Temple of God

For Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3rd Sunday of Lent In Jesus’ day, the Temple was the center of Jewish religious life. We know from Scripture how much Jesus loved the Temple. He traveled to Jerusalem frequently to attend feasts there. Even as a child, he referred to it as “my Father’s house” (Lk 2:49). In […]

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