The Earth

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April 26, 2018 A reflection on our responsibility to care for the earth. Based on verses from a portion the text for today from Psalm 115 (14-16), in which the psalmist sings that the heavens are God’s responsibility, and that the earth has been entrusted to the people.

The Equipped

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April 25, 2018 A reflection on how the gifts of God are tools that equip us to do ministry, particularly in the service of others. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today from the Letter to the Ephesians (4:7, 11-13), in which the writer assures us that we have all received gifts from God.

The Innocents

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April 24, 2018  The Genocide Remembrance A reflection on genocide, hatred based on religion, ethnicity, national origin, race…its pervasiveness, and a challenge to do something about it. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today’s Daily Office from the Gospel of Matthew (2:16), in which the enraged Herod orders the murder of all children under age two in …

The Sword

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April 23, 2018 A reflection on violence. Based on a portion of the Gospel text assigned for today from Luke (22:47-51), in which one of the disciples becomes violent during the arrest of Jesus.  Today is the commemoration of Toyohiko Kagawa, who worked to help the poor and against war throughout his lifetime.

The Song

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April 21, 2018 A reflection on the beauty and power of song, as it unites people as they sing in praise and thanksgiving. Based on a portion of the text assigned for today from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians (3:12-16), in which he exhorts the people to be compassionate, forgive one another, and sing in thanksgiving to God.