Pentecost – Ordinary Time

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Pentecost – Ordinary Time




Pentecost 6

Monday Morning Meditation

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

The Parable of the Sower; most of us are familiar with the usual take on this piece of scripture – e.g., the seeds are sown on different types of “ground” with different results. The thought is that the seeds are sown in us; each of us different in what may or may not grow.

But….What if we turn this around – what if, instead of it being about “us” and our shortfalls, it is about the Sower…..then it all sounds quite different.

The Sower is abundant with his seeds and generosity – he tosses them everywhere and is unconcerned about where they land. The Sower is generous, he keeps sowing more and more, not worried about where they land or if there will be enough crops in the Fall. The Sower is casting about his seeds everywhere – on bad soil and good, He does not judge., He gives of His abundant generosity and love for each one of us.

All of Jesus’ teachings are in Parables. The stories that the Sower tells are for us to ask questions and, surprisingly, the stories ask questions of us. What questions are you hearing this week as you reflect in a new way.


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GENESIS 22 1-14

Abraham was prepared to obey God’s command and sacrifice his beloved son; the son who was to provide descendants. For most of us, this is unthinkable; to be asked to sacrifice a person that we love so much. This coming week reflect on how this might play out in our world today and what each of us be willing to do if God asked.

Matthew 10:40-42

This verse is the “welcoming verses”, where Jesus commands us to welcome all. In our faith tradition we welcome all regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual identity, etc….no one is to be left out. Nevertheless, if we are to be honest about the church we know and love, we might have to confess that, though we define our borders as broad, we define them still – but much more subtly. We can meditate or reflect on these verses and notice what comes up for us.


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Genesis 21:8-23

Hagar is sent out from her home and out of the only community she knows.  She had no idea what will happen to her and her son except possible death.

When each of us find ourselves out of our own comfort zone, how can we have the continued father to go forward into the unknown?


Matthew 10:24-39

In Matthew 10:24, Jesus tells us that we are all equal to one another.

Given this clear message, how might each one of us reflect upon our own personal judgments, biases, etc.?

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Genesis 18:1-15

Abraham and Sarah were advanced in age. Yet the Lord gave them their greatest desire, a son.
God knows your wildest desire. What might you do if it came true?

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8

We are here to spread God’s love. We can do this in so many ways; each with our own vision and uniqueness. We have it much easier than the Disciples; we can wear shoes, pack clothes if needed, etc. We also have the freedom in this country to do this.
How are you feeling led these days to spread God’s love? Might there be something new for you on the horizon?



June 11, 2017

My sisters and brothers in Christ,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit! For so many people, even today, the proclamation that there is a God is increasingly difficult.  Even more difficult to believe is that God is three persons and yet still one God.  It can take a person many years to believe completely in the Trinity.  And there is no way that we can ever understand this teaching completely.

For many, the only way to understand the Trinity is through Jesus Himself.  When we begin to walk with Jesus, we must begin to look at reality the way that He looks at reality.  We encounter Jesus as a young Jewish man and we must spend some time looking at the world from that perspective.  Jesus accepts the teaching of the Jews of the Pharisee school—for the most part.  We could say that Jesus is formed as a Pharisee but also by the presence of God in a very special way.  He calls God His Father and eventually also says that He and the Father are One.

Then Jesus begins to speak also about His Spirit, the Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Father.  The Father and the Spirit are not realities invented by Christ, but rather the deepest realities of all that is which Jesus is now beginning to speak about with His followers.  Jesus reveals reality to us and the relationships within reality.

Slowly Jesus reveals to us that God is a reality that is Triune and which reflects love within itself and outside itself. Most of the time we don’t spend much time reflecting on this reality because it is so far beyond our capacity to understand.  On the other hand, this mystery of the Trinity, this mystery of Jesus, this mystery of the Father’s love—this is the deepest nature of our world and draws us all to learn to accept God’s love and forgiveness.

We walked with Jesus through His life, to His death and then came to know His Resurrection.  All of these great mysteries point us to Father, Son and Spirit.  The more walk with Jesus and the more we are formed by Him, the more we can understand and delight in the Most Holy Trinity.  Amen.

Your brother in the Lord,

Abbot Philip

Monastery of Christ in the Desert (Benedictine)


June 4, 2017

My Prayer for Pentecost


The Holy Spirit embodies the life force of the universe, the power of God, the animating energy present in all things and captured by none. On this great feast of Pentecost, the coming of the Spirit of God, I invite you to pray with me:
May the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
bring fire to the earth
so that the presence of God
may be seen
in a new light,
in new places,
in new ways.
May our own hearts
burst into flame
so that no obstacle,
no matter how great,
ever obstructs the message
of the God within each of us.
May we come to trust
the Word of God in our heart,
to speak it with courage,
to follow it faithfully
and to fan it to flame in others.
May the Jesus
who filled women
with his Holy Spirit
fill the world and the church
with new respect
for women’s power and presence.
Give me, Great God,
a sense of the Breath of Spirit
within me as I…
(State the intention
in your own life at this time
for which you are praying.)



 ISAIAH 9: 2-7

The darkness will be no more with the birth of the royal Savior, for the promised kingdom of God has arrived.

Question: Has the light of Jesus come into your life? How have you responded?


TITUS 2: 11- 14

The fullness of God’s grace descends upon his people with the birth of Jesus.  His life has brought us salvation, by redeeming us from sin.

Question: Does this Good News call you desiring sharing it with others? How will you do that?



LUKE 2: 15-20

The shepherds scripture speeks of, were thought to be those that cared for the special sheep used in the Temple sacrifices, who were chosen to receive the news of birth of the “lamb of God”.

Question: How will you respond to this lovely message and gift from God?





ISAIAH 7: 10- 16

Immanuel, God is with us. Isaiah tells the story of the sign sent by God of the arrival of the Messiah among His people,

Question: Are you able to accept God’s gift of the birth of the promised Messiah? What is your response?


ROMANS 1: 1- 7

Paul considers himself called to be a slave to Jesus, who is his Lord and Master, thus he responds to Jesus’ call, which he sees as a task with special responsibilities.

Question: Do you understand that in a very real way at your confirmation you also received a task that you accepted? How have you fulfilled your promised task?


MATTHEW 1: 18- 25

Jesus is born of the Holy Spirit using Mary. Jesus is the mirror of God and the Jews believed that the Holy Spirit embodied God’s truth.

Question: Do you accept this doctrine of creation and recreation put forth by Matthew?


JEREMIAH 1: 4-10

This is what we know about prophets: they all know that they are called by God and that He tapped them out for His service.

Question: Are you a prophet? Do you know God well enough? Are you connected to Him enough to be a prophet? Do you wish you were one?

HEBREWS 12: 18-29

This reading tells of the connection between Moses receiving the Law and the New Covenant life of Jesus.

Question: Do you see and understand the reason for these two promises used by God to reach and teach His people? How will you apply them to your life?

LUKE 13: 10-17

A story about how God calls us to live out our love for all those He has created, teaching us no one should suffer due to laws and systems.

Question: Can you be Jesus to the people you meet, always being ready to minister help when and where needed?

12th Sunday after Pentecost

ISAIAH 1: 1, 10-20

Hear God’s words of disgust that his people continue to ignore his word, to live their lives for the betterment of all people.

Question: Do you understand that the basic quest of God is, that we live so that our actions speak louder than our words? Can you do that? When will you begin?

HEBREWS 11: 1-3, 8-16

A teaching on faith, recalling how faithful God’s servants followed all God asked of them, with some experiencing amazing miracles.

Question: Do you trust God enough to accept his care for you when you follow him? If not, why not?

LUKE 12: 32-40

Our culture is one of seeking plenty, here Luke details how wrong that is and explains our need to live each day, as if it was to be our judgement day, for we never know.

Question: Do you understand that if you have been given much, you must be responsible for using a greater portion of it in God’s ministry.


11th Sunday After Pentecost/Proper 13

HOSEA 11:1-11

A story of abiding love, continuing even in the face of judgement and rejection.

QUESTION: Love given unconditionally should be reciprocated and returned. Do you receive God’s love by responding to God’s requests asked of you?


Paul teaches us to respond to God’s love by learning to direct our lives in accordance with what God desires for and asks of us.

QUESTION: Are you able to accept and respond to what and how God would have you live?

LUKE 12:13-21

Luke explains the need to make choices in line with how Christians are to live.

QUESTION: The Christian life is one of not only love, but discipline. Are you able to rein in desires that lead you stray? How do you do that?



1 KINGS 19:8-15

A faithful servant receives the assurance of God’s on going care and protection, for his life.

Question: Do you sense God’s care for you each day? How do you respond?


Our faith gives us the strength and protection to live into the life Jesus calls us to.

Question: Do you make the choice each day to live for Jesus and his Way? What does that mean to you?

LUKE 8:26-39

Because Jesus realized that people need to see his power in action, once again he heals a man with demons.

Question: Have you ever seen a person touched and healed by Jesus? How did that make you feel?


1 KINGS 21: 1-10

A story of greed and dishonesty between a king and one of his subjects.

Question: Can you list the deceitful ways Ahab and Jezebel acted? How does this make you feel?

GALATIONS 2: 15-21

A lesson that shows us how easily we can slip into a sinful life style.

Question: Do you see how each day we need to decide to live a Christian life? How do you accomplish that choice?

LUKE 7: 36- 8: 3

How much we seek the life of a faithful Christian is a testimony to our choice to follow Jesus’ words.

Question: When you make a decision, do you base your choice on Jesus’ teachings? How do you process that choice?



1 KINGS 17: 8-16

Elijah restores a child’s life, and the mother realizes Elijah works in union with God.

Question: How must you live to be used by God to bring others to a faith like this? Do you feel God’s call to you to do more for Him?

GALATIONS 1: 11-24

Paul witnesses to the fact that all he teaches comes to him directly from Jesus.

Question: When Jesus calls you to share your faith journey, are you trusting enough to do so?

LUKE 7: 11-17

Jesus’ deep compassion moves Him to raise a woman’s son to life again.

Question: What does this act of Jesus teach you?



1 KINGS 18: 20-21, 30-37

A contest is held between the Lord God and the God of Baal. This story is a witness to the deep faith of Elijah.

Question: Do you live with the assurance and faith in God that Elijah did? How do you recognize that kind of faith?



Paul is defending his teachings which were a witness to what God had done for him.

Question: Do you see the importance and need for your personal witness about God in your life? What can you do about that?


LUKE 7: 1-10

Luke writes of the benefits of a life lived in perfect faith and union with Jesus.

Question: Is your faith and trust in Jesus and what He has promised this strong? What things can you do to strengthen your faith?




PROVERBS 8: 1-4, 22-31

A rendition of the creation story through the eyes and mind of a spiritual presence.

Question: Does this reading give you insight into the awesome gift that God created for His people? What do you see and what will you do with your gift?


ROMANS 5: 1-5

Each day we trust and live as a child of God and experience more of God’s gifts.

Question: Is your faith deep enough that you are able to access the power God has given you? How do you know?


JOHN 16: 12-15

Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Truth, for it is the Spirit that was given to teach us. The closer we live to Jesus, the better we know him.

Question: List what principles you have learned and now live by.

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