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Category: Reflection For The Week

Reflection for the Week

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Jesus says to his Father, ‘As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world’ (John 17:18) He makes it clear that precisely because his disciples no longer belong to the world, they can live […]

Reflection for the Week

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was […]

Reflection for the Week

“Drawing closer to marginalized people requires, first, an attitude of humility. This is a long, arduous process that is linked to the experience of conversion itself. Meeting and listening to real people (whether they be illiterate peasants, undocumented farmworkers, drug dealers, street workers, teen runaways, or sex offenders) will complicate our understanding and deeply challenge […]

Reflection for the Week

“Traditionally, the Church approaches mission with the idea that there are many unconverted people out there who need the good news of Jesus Christ, therefore, it is our responsibility to go to them for their benefit. This might be true, but what else might be happening as we go out there? We discover Jesus. This […]

Reflection for the Week

“There is no biblical basis that would allow us to disengage from one another or disregard our need for one another….Unless all of the various parts that God designed to make up the whole are intact and functioning, there is dysfunction. Each and every part must be connected and engaged, or there is no possible […]

Refection for the Week

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reflection For The Week

“Those who have been tutored by Jesus find great meaning and satisfaction in treating people as Jesus did. Or take those who have not yet been exposed to the language of justice in the Scriptures. They may not yet feel compelled to build a commitment to justice into their lifestyle decisions. But those who have […]

Reflection For The Week

“I deny the resurrection of Christ every time I do not serve at the feet of the oppressed, each day that I turn my back on the poor; I deny the resurrection of Christ when I close my ears to the cries of the downtrodden and lend my support to an unjust and corrupt system. […]

Reflection For The Week

“We cannot worship the suffering God today and ignore him tomorrow. We cannot eat and drink the body and blood of the passionate and compassionate God today, and then refuse to live passionately and compassionately tomorrow. If we say or sing, as we so often do, ‘Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, […]

Reflection For The Week

“The cross must be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am claiming that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap, at a crossroads so cosmopolitan they had to […]

Reflection For The Week

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, […]

Reflection For The Week

While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ […]

Reflection For The Week

“Bernard of Clairvaux, a contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi more than 850 years ago, captured the essence of what it means to be an authentic learner as well as the goal of authentic learning: There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; That is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge […]

Reflection For The Week

As Oxford theologian N. T. Wright laments, “Plenty of people in the church and outside have made up a ‘Jesus’ for themselves, and have found that this invented character makes few real demands on them. He makes them feel happy from time to time but doesn’t challenge them, doesn’t suggest they get up and do […]

Reflection For The Week

Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. […]

Reflection For The Week

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.” ― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical

Reflection for the Week

“But let justice roll on like a river…” – Amos 5:4 “…justice? That is what we seek. Not just charity, which may or may not be in someone’s long-term interests. But justice that ‘flows like a river,’ as Amos 5:4 puts it, and to which every man, woman, and child is entitled under God. This […]

Reflection For The Week

“René Girard argues that one of the things that makes the Bible unique is that it is the only sacred literature in history to tell the story of the victim from the perspective of the victim and to see and uphold her innocence. Scripture gives voice to the voiceless and declares God’s solidarity with the […]

Reflection For The Week

The reflection for this week comes from the Hebrew Scriptures, in Book of Deuteronomy, when Moses spoke to the Israelites after he delivered the Ten Commandments to them. Along with the Ten Commandments, there was much that Moses had to say to the Israelites. His words to them included the following: “He [The Lord your […]

Reflection For The Week

This is the first of a new weekly blog post we are referring to as the “Reflection for the Week”. Most often it will be a passage from the Hebrew Scriptures or the New Testament, but may also be a quote from a book that refers to God’s love for the poor and His call […]

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