Archives for Mar 2016

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Will Good Triumph?

Lent lasts 40 days. The Easter season lasts 50 days. In the church calendar, time runs through the church, the church does not run through time. We order our time in a certain way to reflect the timeless nature of the gospel. As we continue to days in the joy and power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are not unmindful of the trials and tribulations in this world...Read More

Open Your Mouth Wide

After the fasting of Lent comes the feast of Easter. After spending weeks in contemplation of our poverty, renunciation of our flesh, and repentance from our sins, we are confronted with the overwhelming reality of God’s great love for us in Jesus Christ, who has absorbed our sin, raised our flesh back to life, and by the Holy Spirit gives us the fullness of God...Read More

The Holy Triduum

The sacred three days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, all of which precedes Easter, is the apex of our liturgical year and of our lives as Christians. We begin the Triduum by celebrating the Lord's Supper tonight at 7 p.m. The word "Maundy”, comes from the Latin for "commandment". We recall Christ offering of his body and blood to the Father, which he gave to the apostles as food for their nourishment...Read More

The Father's Folly

Reading Mark 12:1-11 I found myself struck by what seemed at first like a wholly irreverent thought: the owner of the vineyard seems pretty stupid. And his son is either equally stupid or else a patsy who doesn’t know what he’s walking into. That’s only irreverent because the father is a pretty obvious representation of God the Father, and the son is of course representative of Christ...Read More

All Creation Groans

As Lent draws to a close, allow me to suggest one final act of discipline to prepare your heart for Easter: Go out to a nature preserve or a park. Some place relatively quiet, or at least, some place that seems quiet in contrast to the bustle of our urban or suburban life. Go out and listen. Listen until you are bored (it usually doesn’t take long). Then wait a little longer...Read More

The Revival Begins

If there is ever a Super Bowl week for the Christian faith this has to be it. Big things, cosmic things happened during this week almost 2000 years ago that fulfilled the trajectory of biblical prophecy and radically altered the world’s view of life, death, the dignity of humanity, and the power of God...Read More

Good Meat Makes Its Own Gravy

Recently I was a speaker at funeral for a woman who meant a great deal to me growing up. Many people spoke about the impact she had on their lives. She worked with my family for over 40 years. One of the stories I told was when I was about 5 or 6 I heard a voice calling my name. I went to the kitchen where Alice was and she said she had not called me...Read More

Renunciation

Maslow's hierarchy of needs starts with physiological needs; if those needs are being met they will seek security, and then love and belonging, then esteem and respect, and last of all self-actualization. At a basic level this seems to be broadly true. But there is something deeply troubling about Maslow’s hierarchy...Read More

Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, and You.

So what does the Apollo 11 mission have to do with moms and boys? A lot, it turns out. As you would expect, Dads connect with their sons by “doing” stuff and moms connect by “being” there. The research shows that boys who have a secure attachment to their mothers are less aggressive in later life and indulge in less risky behavior...Read More

The Lenten Discipline of Poetry

On odd Lenten discipline I’ve taken on this year has been reading the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. If you’re not familiar with his work already, and are poetically inclined, I would highly recommend him. Hopkins was a 18th century British Jesuit, and he has a keen sense of God’s presence in creation, as well as his own (and our) desperate need for Him...Read More

Instructed Eucharist and Coming Home

The gospel reading this Sunday is taken form Luke 15, the story of the Prodigal Son; or, as some call it, the Prodigal Father. “Prodigal” means to give something on a lavish scale or recklessly. The younger brother was reckless in his spending, ending up with stinky pigs. He “came to his senses” and returned home. The father was prodigious in his mercy and love...Read More