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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / March 14, 2021 /

  John 9: 1-41 In today’s Gospel, the scene is Jesus restoring sight to a man born blind — at which point Jesus makes this announcement: “As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.” …That’s what I want to reflect on this morning — what that might  mean to us, these centuries later: “As long as I…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / January 24, 2021 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

Jonah 3, 1 Cor. 7, Mark 1:14-20 Today’s readings can remind us of how deep — and mysteriously various — are the religious bonds that connect us across the years and through diverse cultures. The readings are connected at the roots: They cover time from eight centuries before Christ up to the era of Christian…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Advent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / December 13, 2020 /

John 1:6-8, 19-28 Let’s begin by remembering the word Advent: 1) ” – ad venir,” a word suggesting awaiting, anticipating, something about to happen, expectation or surprise. “- Be ready,” and the word suggests that it may be soon. Be ready. “Ad – venir” — something coming, and here we are using this phrase in…

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Reflection on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / October 11, 2020 /

Matthew 22:1-22:10 In the last few weeks, we’ve been reading, in Matthew’s Gospel, a group of stories that seem to involve what experts call “parables of reversal,” — stories that involve a change in the “audience” — when one group fails to respond, the story tries another group. But today’s stories are notable for their lack of coherence:…

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Reflection on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / August 23, 2020 /

Matthew 16:13-20 Today’s Gospel speaks of  a moment in the life of Jesus when, in response to Peter’s recognition of Jesus’ identity as Son of God, Jesus pronounces Peter to be “the rock” on which Jesus will build his church. We might be aware that this passage has been  a source of contention between Protestants…

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Reflection on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / June 28, 2020 /

Matthew 10:37-42 What I’ll be saying this morning can’t really be called a homily. I won’t be teaching anything; it’s just my own reflection on a Gospel passage that troubles me, and I truly don’t know how to talk about it. These lines appear, I think, only in Matthew, and the context is Jesus’ preparing and readying…

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

By Elaine Prevallet SL / May 17, 2020 /

John 14:15-21 Today’s Gospel takes us right into the heart, the human heart, and the core, the center of Jesus’ message. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his departure, and he’s trying to explain to them what it will mean for them. He’s trying to tell them that he will be with them even though…

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Reflection on Easter Sunday

By Elaine Prevallet SL / April 12, 2020 /
Sunlight shines through the window in the Motherhouse Church

We gather this morning to celebrate                           The Gift of Resurrection The world is charged with the grandeur of God. … And for all this, nature is never spent;             There lives the dearest freshness deep down things; And though the last lights off the black West went             Oh, morning, at the brown brink…

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Reflection: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Elaine Prevallet SL / February 9, 2020 /
Banner designed by Robert Strobridge with starburst and phrase "Be Light Into Darkness."

In today’s readings, words of our Scriptures allow us to focus on two images, one from the prophet Isaiah, and, centuries later, the other from Jesus. Light and salt. It’s striking that the images appear together in the readings today, and I can’t think of any two words that could strike as close to our…

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Reflection: Second Sunday of Advent

By Elaine Prevallet SL / December 8, 2019 /

   Today’s readings are a beautiful, powerful, appropriate challenge to begin our  Advent season. Today we hear promise of a Savior – one who embodies a Spirit of wisdom and justice. We’re challenged to recognize an extraordinary opportunity for making peace – a wolf and a lamb, a cow and a bear can be companions…

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Getting to Know Jane Wilson, 25 Years a Co-member

By Elaine Prevallet SL / October 1, 2019 /

 I met Jane Wilson in the 70s when I went to live in community and teach at Pendle Hill, a Quaker adult learning/living community in Pennsylvania. I taught (actually shared learning) a class in the Gospels, about 15-20 adults, all active learners — a welcome experience! Jane Wilson quietly impressed me as a person of…

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