Brother John’s Reflections

Brother John's Reflections

Responsibility and Community

Responsibility and Community

The people, however, refused to listen to Samuel’s warning and said, “Not so!  There must be a king over us. We too must be like other nations, with a king to rule us and to lead us in warfare and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19-20 It is not easy […]

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Brother John's Reflections

Contemplation and Abandonment

Contemplation and Abandonment

“Why has the Lord permitted us to be defeated today by the Philistines?” 1 Samuel 4:3 A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “if you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to […]

by × January 11, 2018 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Treasure in Heaven

Treasure in Heaven

In her bitterness, Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping copiously, and she made a vow, promising: “O Lord of hosts, if you look with pity on the misery of your handmaid, if you remember me and do not forget me, if you give your handmaid a male child, I will […]

by × January 9, 2018 ×

Brother John's Reflections

Change and Transformation

Change and Transformation

On coming out of the water Jesus saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:10-11 O God, whose Only Begotten Son has appeared […]

by × January 8, 2018 ×

Brother John's Reflections

The Vision of Beauty

The Vision of Beauty

But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 At a central dramatic moment in both yesterday’s and today’s gospel readings from John 1, we hear the injunction “Come and see.” Yesterday it was Jesus telling the two disciples […]

by × January 5, 2018 ×