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April 29, 2013

Reflection for the Week- April 29th, 2013

Unmasking and denouncing the fear of exposure is no doubt a step towards trust, but we rightly wrestle with ‘who’ is trustworthy – self, other, God. Surely this is not a venture for the uncritical, yet criticism is never an end in and of itself. Letting go of that which entangles us and moving into the laboratory of trust is a challenging task and a liberating joy that begins to diminish illegitimate coverings, while increasing appropriate disclosure.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 22, 2013

Reflection for the Week- April 22nd, 2013

Following in the footsteps of the Crucified and Risen One will sometimes carry with it a myriad of difficult consequences in this life. Recall one. As Jesus went into his home town and was amazed at the lack of faith that he found there, we too may encounter complications with the apparently faithless crowds that surround us. Moving ahead is hard in these circumstances, but necessary. We need courage and to not fear, for God is with us on the journey, even though it may appear to us at certain times, to be arduous and unproductive.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 15, 2013

Reflection for the Week- April 15th, 2013

Light is such an amazing phenomena, as it is so infused with a surplus of meaning, and therefore difficult to bring to closure. It appears, uncovers, and illumines, to mention just a few metaphors. In stories, Jesus is said to be the light of all people; to be the light that shines in the darkness. He also is recorded as saying: “I am the light of the world,” and that “when we love one another, we inhabit the light.” As I get older, I enjoy the testimony of John more and more. Metaphors and stories of light are indeed perplexing, but that is one of the reasons why they’re attractive. They open up the unseen, engage and surpass the darkness, and point us towards that which cannot be captured or owned.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 08, 2013

Reflection for the Week- April 8th, 2013

Christian truth is something like a complex web of fragile inter-related connections and relations that stretch, but do not break. When truth is pictured in such a reality-image, it allows us a flexibility to explore new possibilities without the fear that if we find more truth, everything we have previously embraced and believed will disintegrate. Not so. I would wager that during our journey some strands will come undone and have to be re-joined elsewhere, while others are going to be innovative and expand the web to another dimension, as it takes on greater intricacy, verve, and splendor.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery

April 01, 2013

Reflection for the Week- April 1st, 2013

As Easter has just passed and we were more intentionally immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ, may this remarkable event and its significance remain with us in new and refreshing ways throughout the year. How grateful we can be that Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God , brought salvation to Israel and the world, was victorious over death through the resurrection, and opened the way into deep and everlasting community with God. On this basis, Easter is a daily affair that allows us to re-live the experience of our own release from captivity in Egypt ; our own exodus, which will take us through the Promised Land and eventually into a new heaven and earth.

Dr. Gregory J. Laughery