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March 11, 2018 - "Lord, That I may See"

Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings

Scripture Readings

John is an amazing story teller. This story of the healing of the blind man is very powerfully scripted. John has his purpose in writing the story. He wants the world to come to faith in Jesus Christ. But there is a problem - blindness. His deeper point is what might be harder for us to accept - that the blind person in the story is not just the man born blind. We might say that we get the irony in the story and that the real blind people in the story are the Pharisees who refuse to see Jesus as the Messiah. John is making an even more poignant point - that the real blind person might be you and me.

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March 10, 2018 - Build-A-God

Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

When I was in high school, I was of course concerned with the almighty perception of cool.  So, when my mom suggested that I go to a Build a Bear store for my cousin's Christmas present I found the idea... less than desirable. (Unfamiliar with build a bear? This video reasonably captures my expectations.)  The only thing was, as a high school boy, I didn't have a better idea, so with all of the awkwardness I could muster, I picked out a bear, stuffed it, gave it a heart, recorded messages on it, and produced its birth certificate.  Despite my apparent “uncoolness” I found myself valuing that I was doing these things for my cousin.  Admittedly there is something cool about building and shaping something the way you want it, to your desires and wishes.  As long as that thing isn't God, but that is what we see happen in today's gospel. This famous parable tells us about the Pharisee and the tax collector who go to pray.  There is much to be learned from this passage, but lets just focus on the posture and the prayer of the Pharisee.

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March 9, 2018 - What's Wrong in Being a Little Hungry

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Usually by this time, the end of the third week of Lent, I’ve started to waver a bit in my resolve to abstain from certain foods, to pray for certain things, to give money generously.  Particularly I have difficulty with my decision to abstain from certain foods.  As with New Years’ Resolutions, I start thinking that eating just a nibble of something or other won’t really hurt, and before you know it, I’m way off the track.  Or, even if I have by some chance made it this far without succumbing to temptation, I find myself tired and annoyed with Lent, saying, “Okay, I get the point now.  Can we get to Easter already?”  But it turns out instead that there are another three long weeks ahead.

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March 8, 2018 - Open Up Your Heart!

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

If I had to break down today’s readings into three important quotes, this is what I would choose:  “Listen to my voice,”  “Harden not your hearts”, and “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

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March 7, 2018 - Rules

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Imagine an open field with lots of people playing and having fun, when all of a sudden a fence is put up around the edges of the field. Everyone becomes angry because their freedom has been taken away. However, this field is the top of a plateau, and there are steep cliffs at the edges of the field. The fence was installed to keep everyone from falling off the edges. The purpose of the fence wasn’t to limit freedom but to preserve it, to allow the people to continue playing in the field, without falling off the edges.

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