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    April Fool’s Day Easter Sunday

    “We are fools for Christ” 1 Corinthians 4:10 Easter Eggs and Easter Jesus Compare and Contrast in Eleven Parts: You Choose   Rolling Fathers help their children roll Easter eggs along the ground; The Father of Jesus rolled away the stone and raised his dead son from the ground of the tomb.   Colors Easter eggs come in many colors; Easter Jesus comes and saves people of all colors!   Hard-boiled Easter eggs are hardboiled; When life around us is hardboiled the love of Easter Jesus can be soft and cuddly.   Shells Easter egg shells crack and then we throw them away as imperfect and not pretty enough; Easter…

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    Last Day of Lent

    Reflection of the Day: It is profoundly tragic that the last day of Lent is referred to as Spy Wednesday after Judas, the traitor who takes his own life in remorse. This makes even more compelling the celebration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Out of the depths I cried…. And the Lord heard my cry…   Tip:          Use your tongue today to speak a gentle, not condemnatory word of encouragement to someone who seems down or depressed. Click here for today’s reading.   Verse:   Isaiah 50:4 The Lord GOD has given me  a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to speak to the weary a word…

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    Stay the Course through Holy Week

    Reflection of the Day: A wise colleague often says, “When climbing the mountain, it’s good to look back periodically and see how far we have come.” Today is the symbolic 39th day of Lent. We’ve come a long way. Only one more day remains of our Lenten discipline before we enter into the great celebrations of our Christian faith.   Tip of the Day: Recommit to making the time to celebrate the great feasts of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), Passion (Good Friday) & Resurrection (Easter).   Click here for today’s reading.   Verse of the Day: Isaiah 49:1-6 Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing,…

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    His Presence is Always Found

      Reflection of the Day: There is so much humanity in God’s world. Isn’t that the story of creation? As one of the stories goes, it was God’s garden and He made us humans and put us in it. It was a neat place with lots of good things and everything in order. Then things got messed up by “apple-gate” – as I like to call it. After that things weren’t so good and humans had to live in a big bad disordered world outside the garden. God didn’t abandon us, but he made it harder to figure things out by allow things to get pretty messed up and now…

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    Pass on the Power of Prayer

    Abraham is Father and Patriarch to Jews, Christians & Muslims.  God told our Father Abraham that he and his descendants must keep his covenant throughout the ages.  I can’t speak for other ages, but our age is not doing so well.  How can we, the “People of the Book”, betray our roots and our God so often in the way we discriminate and express hate and carry out violence toward those who are not of our religion?  For those Christians, we best make our attitude toward Jews and Muslims a serious examination of our consciences as we enter into Holy Week.  The prayers and readings of Good Friday and the…

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    Thank God for the Kind People

    I can figure out two reasons why Jesus annoyed the people of his time. The first is the traditional understanding. The political and religious leadership thought he was getting too popular and might usurp their respective spheres of power and authority. That’s understandable, even if not noble. But the other reason you and I can relate to. Sometimes individual who are kind, humble, giving and content can make us jealous, frustrated, and even angry? So maybe that’s why some others didn’t follow Jesus. Well, maybe in our time we should think about those kind and loving people as God’s gift to the world and to ourselves. We might learn from…

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    The Truth will Set You Free

    The most difficult part of a difficult situation can be the fear that an embarrassing, or even shameful, situation becomes known. We are frequently surprised that the world des not end when the truth becomes known.  Even though it’s rocky and painful for awhile, it most times is liberating and freeing – especially when we remain with Jesus during these times.   Tip of the Day: Listen to a classic rendition of the civil war “Battle Hymn.”  Try to re-imagine it as an anthem to truth and freedom in Jesus. Click here for today’s reading.   Verse of the Day: John 8:31-32 “If you remain in my word, you will…

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    Let God Carry You

      Reflection of the Day: Sprinters are usually more fun to watch than marathoners. They definitely appeal to my attention span. We need their bursts of energy to inspire us and get us going, but we also need to recognize that most things require more than a sprint. And there is no contradiction between the two. Even marathoners sometimes have to inject a short-term burst of speed into their routine. Lent has characteristics of both in various ways. Lent is a “sprinting period” through the year-long marathon of following the Lord. And it is more than an Ash Wednesday and Good Friday sprint – it’s 40 “long” days of extra…

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    Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    Reflection of the Day: St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in New York, Boston, Chicago and Savannah (Go figure that one out!).  Did you know that the first Irish Associations in the Unites States founded in Boston and New York had among their original missions: “to help the needy?”  Throughout the past century and to this day most major charitable events – Non-Catholic and Catholic alike – count Irish-Americans among the list of major donors.  This year, I was honored by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. at his annual Irish Heritage and Culture celebration. It was great to be part of the celebration.  The story of charity in…

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    Discipline Takes Practice. Keep Going.

    Reflection of the Day: God really does want to save us. He knows that we can be bad. Some of us more than others. Maybe a few (hopefully) deserve to actually be called “wicked.” I’ll leave that designation to God, but God even wants those designated as wicked to turn and he’ll forgive them. I’m sure he will forgive my sins – if I turn and ask, but sometimes I’m stubborn and don’t want to admit I need God’s mercy. Lent is a good time to discipline myself and remember.   Tip: Let’s think about our most vexing fault and today – with God’s help – avoid it. And then,…