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March 31, 2018 - Enter the Silence

Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil

Easter Vigil Readings

Tonight, we will celebrate the Easter Vigil. We wish to race to the empty tomb faster than Peter and John. We’ll even beat Mary Magdalene there with the spices and oils she is bringing for Jesus’ body. That is tonight. Today is different. Today, the tomb is closed and the guard is set. Today is Holy Saturday. Let us enter the silence.

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March 30, 2018 - Looking at the Cross, at Him

Good Friday of the Lord's Passion

Scripture Readings

I want to reflect today mostly on the Isaiah passage (Isaiah 52:13—53:12), not because the reading of the passion (John 18:1-19:42) isn’t intensely important, but because when it comes to Good Friday and the crucifixion, I think that meditation on the cross, and the liturgy of the day, speaks for itself. What more could I possibly say? If you have a chance at all to get to a Good Friday service, go.

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March 29, 2018 - Love and Purpose

Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Scripture Readings

The final days of Lent are passing and we are beginning the Holy Triduum.  This is the most important part of the Liturgical year, and so we can expect the readings to speak to our most basic and fundamental spiritual needs.  We need to love and be loved.  We need purpose. 

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March 28, 2018 - Opportunities for Redemption

Wednesday of Holy Week

Scripture Readings

Suffering comes in so many forms.  Even our Lenten disciplines may seem like suffering at times.  This suffering comes from sacrifices like fasting, which can transform our need for food into a need for prayer.  We can learn from suffering if we are open to it. A patient who had battled cancer for a long sometimes decided that because the cancer was spreading not shrinking that it was no longer worth fighting.  There is a peace that can come over patients like this, when they accept the Lord’s will and put their lives in the Lord’s hands.  It is as if they can glimpse the road ahead.   Their grace-filled faith allows these patient’s, and indeed all of us to trust that the Lord is holding us close.  It allows us to give thanks and praise to God.

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March 27, 2018 - What the Confused Disciples Have to Teach Us

Tuesday of Holy Week

Scripture Readings

In the scenes from the Book of John that are before us today, the disciples are confused—and for good reason. Jesus is saying that one of them will betray him. They are wondering what betrayal he is talking about and who he could possibly mean. He’s also saying something about being glorified and about God being glorified in him. Given the betrayal he has just predicted, what does he mean about being glorified? And he’s saying that he will soon be gone but he won’t say where he’s going. When Peter asks Jesus directly about this, Jesus says that Peter can’t follow him—at least not now. And when Peter presses him, Jesus says this strange thing about how Peter (who has just promised to lay down his life for Jesus) will deny him not once but three times.

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