Gospel Reflection for April 11, 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday Readings: Acts 4.32-35; 1 John 5.1-6; John 20.19-31 Jesus said to the disciples, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.”Continue reading “Gospel Reflection for April 11, 2021 – 2nd Sunday of Easter”

Restoring Peace

The disciples were fishing, and a man on the shore told them to throw their net to the other side of the boat.”It is the Lord,” one said to Peter. It was the third time Jesus appeared to his friends after the resurrection in John. Although Peter had not initially recognized Jesus, he jumped intoContinue reading “Restoring Peace”

Waging Peace

Do you hear the cries for peace? The longing is so urgent and real. It is easy to think of peace a simply a lack of violence. God’s vision of peace, however, is more beautiful than that and requires more of us than simply putting our weapons down. What is God’s vision of peace? ThereContinue reading “Waging Peace”

6th Week of Easter

“Peace is my gift to you.” – John 14.27 Jesus promises his disciples peace. He sends them on Easter evening to be instruments of his peace and forgiveness as God has sent him. Be an instrument of peace in your family and office. Look over the day each evening to see how what the SpiritContinue reading “6th Week of Easter”

Peace Begins with Me

Quick: When you read the word “peace,” what do you think of? If you could take more time, how would you define peace? If you could take even more time, what plan would you draw up to promote peace around the world? A few days ago, a friend of mine gave me a card smallContinue reading “Peace Begins with Me”

Violence and Human Dignity

How do you define violence? What violence are you exposed to in your community? Guest Post from Claire Bishoff in reflection of Matthew 22:34-40   Until very recently, I did not think much about violence. I was confident that my only exposure to it came through the occasional act of violence I saw in a movieContinue reading “Violence and Human Dignity”