Lenten Devotional

Credo

In John 8:24, Jesus says “you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.” Jesus also says that “the One who sent Me is with Me.” Now what does it mean to be a “believer”? And what could it mean that “you will die in your sins unless you believe that …  [ More → ]

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A Stone’s Throw from Condemnation

While teaching at the temple in Jerusalem, a group of scribes and Pharisees claim to have caught a woman in the act of committing adultery. The accused woman is standing in the midst of the group. They ask Jesus, addressing him as “Teacher,” what they should do with her, reminding him that the Law of …  [ More → ]

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Let Rivers of Living Water Flow

What resonates most strongly in today’s Gospel reading are the verses 37-39 in which Jesus invites us to come to him and drink if we are thirsty. Throughout Jesus’ teaching, water is a constant theme and water is something very relatable and important to everyone, from his time until today. From the very beginning of …  [ More → ]

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“Thank You. What’s Next?”

For me, the most reassuring passage in the entire Bible comes at the beginning of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” For me that summarizes my faith. In the Gospel passage for today, Christ reiterates this promise: “I know Him for I …  [ More → ]

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Witnesses to the Truth

To understand the Gospel reading for today, you really have to go back and read the beginning of the chapter. Jesus heals a man who has been ill for 38 years. He says, “Stand up, take your mat and walk,” and so he does. When the Jews find out that Jesus was the one who …  [ More → ]

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To Calve Life, and Calve It More Abundantly

My Dad is a retired country veterinarian from northwest Iowa. I have many fond memories of traveling with him while on call across the countryside. The most memorable experiences were watching him “pull a calf,” which means helping the mother cow deliver her baby calf. As the words suggest, the procedure involved a lot of …  [ More → ]

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Love Wholly. Become Whole.

This year I hear the story in John’s Gospel of Jesus at the Pool of Bethesda in a new way. Not as a miracle of physical healing, not as history of “the perfidy of the Jews,” but as a story of the healing of mind and spirit. I hear the echo of Jesus’ fundamental teachings: Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself. [ More → ]

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Blessed Be the Time That Apple Taken Was

For a penitential season, today’s passages are downright cheerful. We need that. There is an old tradition, connected with the Latin Liturgy for Easter Even: “O felix culpa, quia talem ac tantum meruit habere remptorem!” “O fortunate sin, because it merited such, even so great, a Redeemer!” No Easter without Good Friday: no Good Friday …  [ More → ]

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Just As I Am, Without One Plea

I wake up to Life each day worried, confused and even beaten. Why? Why? Why? I mutter to myself. I want answers. I want The Answer. And I want it now. I turn on TV and CNN. I read The New York Times. I reach for the smartphone and read blogs, newsletters and emails. I dial that phone to speak to… [ More → ]

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“Be Still, and… I SAID BE STILL!”

I can just hear the frustration in God’s voice: “Oh Israel, if you would but listen to me! … And yet my people did not hear my voice, and Israel would not obey me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, to follow their own devices. Oh, that my people would …  [ More → ]

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