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May 25, 2014 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

For that whole week last March when the world’s attention was focused on finding a missing jetliner, TV news
viewers were presented with maps of what could be called “faraway places with strange sounding names,” as the old song
put it. I found the whole event to be a geography lesson bound up with the mystery.

May 18, 2014 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

As she grows familiar with the Siamese king’s brood of children, Anna, the hired teacher in the Broadway musical
“The King and I” sings: “Getting to Know You.” A key lyric is “As a teacher I’ve been learning ‘By your pupils you’ll be
taught.” As a veteran teacher, I could not agree more. It is part of the unexpected satisfaction of the calling that all true
teachers experience.

May 11, 2014 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watching the way words change their meanings can be a fascinating hobby. As a former English teacher and lover
of words, count me among the “tribe.” I should note at the outset that it’s difficult for me to accept the way long-familiar
definitions get lost in favor of new ones. Yet I know that the nature of language is to change and adapt.

May 4, 2014 – Third Sunday of Easter

Vacation car trips. We find ourselves today on the threshold of the “high season” for them. In a country where
people spend almost as much time in their cars as they do in their homes, such trips are part of life. It is likely that many of
us made our trip plans sometime during the long and challenging winter just passed. We’re ready to go!

April 27, 2014 – Second Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy

Back in February, when the “tundra” was still quite frozen along the East coast states and other locations, a little
“thaw” came along with the marking of the golden anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles on U.S. soil. We were
repeatedly shown that dated black and white tape of a stiffly waving Ed Sullivan announcing simply “Ladies and
gentlemen… the Beatles!” Interviews with various stars of the musical world regaled journalists with proclamations that
this was a pivotal moment in the history of pop music.

April 20, 2014 – Easter Sunday

There should be no surprise that the New Testament offers up a panoply of words about the resurrection of Jesus.

It is the climax of the Jesus story, linked forever with the crucifixion like the two sides of a coin. I believe it helpful for
prayer to choose only a few of those words at a time. Otherwise we could be overwhelmed, much like a child let loose in a
toy store bewildered by options.

April 13, 2014 – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

“Awesome” unfortunately has become an overworked word, largely drained of its original meaning of “reverential
fear or wonder.” That happens when someone like a certain priest friend, uses it to describe everything from a book to a
battle. So when it comes to selecting an apt description of the events of the first Good Friday, my mind pauses before
choosing “awesome.” But the word fits. How else describe the mental images the story provokes as well as the heart’s
reactions to them? For here we see displayed human nature at its worst and divine nature at its best. Any portrait of a
dead Jesus hanging on the cross can well be titled “What I did for Love.”

April 6th, 2014 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

An unknown wag had this to say about education: “Education is knowing what you want, knowing where to get it,
and knowing what to do with it after you get it.” Not a bad description. But if such be the case, then we can say that St.
Martha was indeed a well-educated person, even if she never saw a classroom. Today’s pre-Easter gospel makes her case.