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Spiritual Reflection – Pentecost 9

Spiritual Reflection – Loaves & Fish Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. (Matt. 14:19b–20…

Spiritual Reflection – Pentecost 8

Spiritual Reflection – God’s Love in Christ Jesus For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38–39 NRSV) Paul’s Letter to…

Spiritual Reflection – Pentecost 7

Spiritual Reflection – Fruit of the Spirit By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. —Galatians 5:22 We look to the Bible for good news, but sometimes what we read sounds very much like bad news.  In the…

Spiritual Reflection for Pentecost 4

Spiritual Reflection – Faith This week’s Old Testament text, Genesis 22.1–19, tells of God’s extraordinary command to Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, the ‘promised one’. Both Abraham’s story and that of Jesus culminate with the death (or near death) of a son. The many parallels between Genesis 22 and the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection suggest that it is…

Spiritual Reflection Pentecost 2

Spiritual Reflection – Joys and Sorrows Kiss  When we speak about celebration we tend rather easily to bring to mind happy, pleasant, gay festivities in which we can forget for a while the hardships of life and immerse ourselves in an atmosphere of music, dance, drinks, laughter, and a lot of cozy small talk.  But celebration in the Christian sense has very…

Trinity Sunday

Spiritual Reflection – The Trinity The Holy Trinity is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the Christian faith to understand. Do the terms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit convey a shared understanding between us or a mutual ignorance? When we use these terms, what exactly do we mean? Let us review the record of God’s…