Sail

Don’t put your life on hold. But rather, today, at home, pray for the gift of the Spirit: “Come Holy Spirit, my soul inspire” or “Breathe on me breath of God.” Then wait in silence and expectancy for the Spirit’s coming and for power. And then… maybe…raise your sails… to catch the wind… and take off!

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Power

At the Eucharist, we are not simply recalling an event that happened two thousand years ago. A true re-membering is happening. God’s saving deeds in Christ are being made present, so that the fullness and power of those deeds of the past – Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension – take effect in our lives here and now.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Faith

Jesus’ mission is not primarily to inform people about God so that they can understand more about God. Jesus’ mission is rather to bring people to faith; to help them enter the Kingdom of God, to be saved. Our hearts are not changed by simply understanding, but by the mystery of faith.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Pruning

Like a garden, your life might be full of plants growing all over the place. Some of these you want to keep; others have to go. They may be good in themselves, or were good in the past, but are no longer good for you. Name them. Then, with clippers in hand, ask for the courage to prune, ruthlessly, that you may bear much fruit, to God’s glory.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Scars

When we eventually get to heaven’s gate, not one of us will arrive unscathed. But I think in heaven we won’t mind showing our scars. They will be testimonies to the patient, loving-kindness of God, who throughout our life has been there for us, gently binding us up, healing what is broken, and setting us on our feet again.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Generosity

This is the good news of the Gospel: that we who were once strangers have now come to live in God’s home. And this has all happened through the gift of Christ’s dying for us on the Cross. The Cross is the most wonderful expression of God’s generous love for us, and the most radical expression of God’s extraordinary hospitality.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Rise

Easter is not about eggs and bunnies. It is about God breaking into our world of sin and death, and with great power raising Jesus gloriously from the dead. It is about the Risen Lord drawing each one of us to himself, so that we too can be raised with him to eternal life.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Narrow Gate

If you are a follower of Jesus, choices must be made each day regarding what you carry with you in your heart. Not everything that you hold dear will actually fit through the narrow gate. Not everything is fit for the Kingdom of God. It has to go! We cannot serve two masters.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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Mend

This Lent, God’s invitation is to join in the great work of of mending. That’s what redemption means: mending something that is torn or broken. Each one of us is called to share with God in mending that which is broken: our relationship with God, our relationship with one another, our relationship with our broken planet.

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE
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