Connect! Sunday Reflections

An Era of Change

Traveling to unfamiliar and sometimes hostile places, the disciples proclaimed the Good News. Their lives gave witness to many things, but one specifically became a game changer.

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Live in God’s Promise

In her novel, Gilead, Marilyn Robinson shares the story of Rev. John Ames who looks back on a life of pastoral service, love, loss, faith, and hope. The New Testament is is a similar story.

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We Are All Called to Love

For Sunday, May 6, 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 St. Therese of Lisieux was only a teenager when she entered the convent. Like many young people, she was unsure of her talents and how she should serve God and others. All around her were nuns who […]

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Rediscovering Nature

For Sunday, April 29, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 Several months ago, I watched the documentary, “Back to Eden,” which is the story of a Los Angeles lawyer turned hobby gardener in Washington. In the documentary, he explained how he came to a biblical understanding and practical appreciation […]

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An Intimate Relationship with God

For Sunday, April 22, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 As a newly pregnant mother years ago, I remember hearing that newborns could distinguish their mothers from other women by scent, and mothers could smell random clothing and know exactly which ones belonged to their babies. I was so […]

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Hope for the Resurrection of Our Bodies

For Sunday, April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 1 John 2:1-5a Luke 24:35-48 If you want to be reminded of your mortality, turn on the news and see the recent attacks in Syria, the growing tensions over gun violence in the United States, and the latest tragedy in your local news. […]

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“Think Outside the Box”

For Sunday, April 8, 2018 Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) Acts 4:32-35 1 John 5:1-6 John 20:19-31 When people are feeling afraid or insecure, they often find security and solace behind the locked door of a room. While locking oneself in a secure place may relieve an immediate threat or reduce anxiety, it […]

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Living the Resurrection

For Sunday, April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 In his book, “The Dwelling of the Light: Praying with Icons of Christ”, Rowan Williams (the former archbishop of Canterbury) reflected: “Orthodox theologians have said — surely rightly — that the moment of resurrection […]

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He Emptied Himself

For Sunday, March 25, 2018, Palm Sunday Mark 11:1-10 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 14:1—15:47 Over the past few decades, what has become known as the “Prosperity Gospel” has gained popularity among televangelists. It claims that following Christ should result in increased financial success for the believer as well as improved health and well-being. For those who […]

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“With My Own Eyes”

For Sunday, March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33 I remember the first time I was in the exam room as the ophthalmologist tested various prescription strengths for glasses. “Which is better … 1 or 2 … 2 or 3?” Soon afterwards, my first prescription eyeglasses arrived, and I […]

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Choosing a Life of Light

For Sunday, March 11, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Lent 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 As a military family, we often find ourselves living far from those closest to us and going at life alone. While some years have felt lonely, others have felt full depending where we were stationed. Right now, we […]

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The Recovery of Sacred Things

For Sunday, March 4, 2018 Second Sunday of Lent Exodus 20:1-17 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 “When is the last time you were alone — really alone — and how did it feel?” I asked a room full of teenagers. They discussed the answer amongst themselves. I crouched down into a conversation between a few […]

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