Lenten Devotions

Reflections from parishioners and clergy on the day’s Scripture readings during the church’s season of Lent.

March 31: The Mystery of Our Journey

I am writing this reflection in early January, in the middle of a snowstorm. We are still celebrating Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and the feast of the Epiphany is coming up- the arrival of the wise ones led by a star from far away, bringing strange gifts for a newborn: gold symbolizing royalty, frankincense for …  [ More → ]

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March 30: What Is Truth?

When I was a child, maybe seven or so, I was in court. The judge asked me if I knew what a lie was and I answered calmly, with absolute certainty, “Yes. It’s a mortal sin.” He asked the question several times and I began to wonder, with some impatience, if he knew something I …  [ More → ]

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March 29: Vulnerability With God

Today, Maundy Thursday, is by far my favorite service of the year. The way we replicate the act of having our feet washed, the stripping of the altar, and the setting of the reserve sacrament in the side chapel for the overnight watch takes place. It is a service that I feel closest to what …  [ More → ]

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March 28: Unanswered Question

The first three scriptures appear to have conflict as the common thread. Isaiah 50:8 sums it up with an aggressive tone of confrontation (“Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me”), while Psalm 70 asserts that those who seek my life will be shamed and …  [ More → ]

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March 27: A Grain of Truth

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 “While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.” After Jesus had said this, he …  [ More → ]

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March 26: Bringing Forth Justice

Over the years I have seen the struggle for maintaining social safety nets and I have personally wrestled with my own responsibilities to those in need around me. Time and again I have heard “Christians” say we shouldn’t bother with safety nets or food programs because “Jesus says, ‘You always have the poor with you.”One …  [ More → ]

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March 24: Love Each Other

The social activist and “Servant of God” Dorothy Day wrote, “We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any [ More → ]

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March 23: Cornerstone

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Rejection is one of the hardest experiences in life. For me, it conjures up the scene of a childhood playground, the captains of two teams reducing the pool of eligible members one by one to the inevitable “last”pick. For those few at the end of …  [ More → ]

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March 22: Imitating Christ

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not …  [ More → ]

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March 21: Voices of Hope

In these troubled times I am constantly tuning out some of the negative voices and influences and trying to be more attentive to voices of hope. Today’s readings are perfect for fostering hope. First there’s Haggai (chapter 2); This is one of the shortest books of the Bible and one I most often forget even …  [ More → ]

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