Lenten Devotional

Holy, Liminal Saturday

When I have had the privilege of spending time with someone who is dying, it has brought me to what the Celts call “a thin place.” It’s an intense time of heightened everything. It’s painful, but also puts me in touch with what is most important, and also with the sense that the veil between …  [ More → ]

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The Leaves of Life

“All under the leaves and the leaves of life / I met with virgins seven / And one of them was Mary mild / Our Lord’s Mother of Heaven.” This is the first verse of a beautiful carol introduced to me by a devout musician friend in Holy Week. It seemed appropriate to include this with today’s readings not only because of its contrast with Isaiah’s stark prophesy and Psalm 22 but also… [ More → ]

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Do This in Remembrance of Me

As Jesus prepares for his death, his death which he knows is coming, his death which he knows is the fulfilling of scripture, his death which he knows will seal the covenant of God’s unending bond with us as his beloved, Jesus spends his last evening with those he loves. Over the course of the …  [ More → ]

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Sympathy for the Devil

Odd John just can’t play well with the synoptic kids. He describes Jesus as the bread of life in Capernaum, several chapters before this Passover meal. Here, bread (consecrated?) is primarily used to implicate Judas … by intinction, no less. So for Judas, the first Eucharist becomes a Black Mass. He takes the bread from Jesus, an outward and visible sign… [ More → ]

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Taking Up My Cross

The cross makes no practical sense. Part of my purpose is to survive, which requires some mastery of time, space and matter. And yet, successful methods in the physical world don’t always apply when it comes to God’s purpose – to matters spiritual. The cross symbolizes the outlandish reality that our all-powerful, all-loving God chose to submit to this world, which led to mistreatment beyond our ability to comprehend… [ More → ]

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Perfume or the Poor? Jesus or Judas?

Each Lent I do my best to follow the three obligations: give something up, take something on, and give alms. To that end I always keep loose change in my coat pocket and whenever I pass by a homeless person asking for money I put some in their cup. A small thing, I know — …  [ More → ]

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Left Behind!

It turns out I have something in common with Jesus — we were both left behind at church by our parents! Of course, there are some slight differences in our stories: Jesus, it seems, was perfectly content to be left in his Father’s house where he could ask questions and learn, much to the amazement …  [ More → ]

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After All Not to Create Only

In today’s gospel passage we find Jesus under attack by the authorities for “blasphemy,” for claiming to be God, “though only a human being.” Jesus has called attention to his “many good works from the Father,” and tells his accusers that even if his claim to be “God’s son” is not accepted, his works demonstrate …  [ More → ]

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Not Just On Children

The readings for today all focus on God’s covenant with Abraham that he will be “the ancestor of a multitude of nations.” God also promised to Abraham the land of Canaan “for a perpetual holding.” Both of these components of the covenant bring to mind the idea of legacy and, implicit in that, responsibility. What …  [ More → ]

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Turn It Over and Be Set Free

In the Gospel passage which precedes the lesson for today, we hear Jesus tell his disciples that he has turned his will and his life over to the care of God the Father. And then he tells us that if we follow suit, and turn our lives over to him, we will know the truth, and this truth will set us free. This freedom is also seen in our reading from Daniel, in which … [ More → ]

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