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March 26, 2018 - 'Skating Through' or 'Entering Into'

Monday of Holy Week

Scripture Readings

As we pray our way through this Holy Week, sitting with each day's Scriptures provides us the opportunity to walk with Jesus in the last days and hours of his earthly life. This is not easy. By nature, we shrink away from suffering…especially if we see it as optional. In addition, our daily lives are structured in such a way that we are left with little time for solitude or prayer unless we actively carve out time and commit to it every day. We must make a choice before this precious time slips way.

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March 25, 2018 - Obedience is Salvation

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Scripture Readings

We are entering Holy Week. We are doing so as March Madness reaches it climax. Holy Week is the climax of the Church’s liturgical year. What shall we do? Holy Week or March Madness? Some might be asking the wrong question - “How can I squeeze Holy Week into March Madness? Do it the other way around, people of God! How can we squeeze March Madness into Holy Week? In reality, these two events need not be in competition. Holy Week is about the events of our salvation. March Madness is pure entertainment. We know, don’t we not, that March Madness will not save us! Salvation is at the foot of the cross!  

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March 24, 2018 - An Unwitting Prophet

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

In today’s first reading, the prophet Ezekiel writes of how the LORD God will gather the people of Israel together again from their exile. God promises to heal their divisions, to cleanse them from their sinfulness, and to help them obey His commands. He promises to set up make a new and eternal covenant with them. He promises to make a sanctuary, a place to worship Him properly, that will last forever. 

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March 23, 2018 - Little Glimpses of Hope

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

It is so ridiculously easy to feel despair, anxiety, and worry.   I've been surrounded this week by people who ask: why bother with the church?  Isn't Christianity just dying?  The "young people" just don't care anymore, they'll say.  While I don't think Christianity is (or should be) a numbers game and that Jesus is never "relevant" to cultures, I do worry about being a good evangelist for new generations - especially my own children.  I've been surrounded this week, too, by a very bitter, acrimonious, and violent political campaign which shows no sign of civility. 

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March 22, 2018 - Strength in God

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

What strength Jesus has!  His life is on the line – some of the Jews are plotting to kill him and now they are accusing him of being possessed or insane, yet he remains strong in the truth and his understanding of his divinity.  The Jews in today’s gospel (John 8: 51-59) do not understand that Jesus is speaking the truth.  What they hear is someone speaking nonsense and lies. When Jesus responds with “before Abraham came to be, I AM”, one of Jesus’ most emphatic affirmations of his divine nature, they react out of the belief that he is blasphemous and they intend to stone him.

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