Sixth Sunday of Lent -- Matthew
The apostles look bad in the Passion story. Jesus had just spent the best years of his life trying to teach these men how to live in the presence of God. They had worn out several pairs of sandals following him up and down the land of Israel, seen dead people raised and lame people walk. Yet this band of disciples was unprepared to defend their Master. When the beloved followers of Jesus are asked to stand up and be counted, they stepped back.
How refreshing! If the apostles, whom the Church will revere in cathedral windows one day, had their doubts and fears, there's hope for us!Read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent -- John 11: 1-45
When Jesus raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead, Lazarus received an unexpected second chance. Suddenly, it was the "first day of the rest of his life." All his unresolved problems and debts were back in his lap. In the past, he probably quarreled with his neighbor or yelled at his sister or conveniently ignored an injustice in his town. With his life restored, his responsibilities to be a loving man returned. Now he had another chance to do things right. The gospel doesn't tell us how he made out.
How often we say, "If I had it to do over again...," yet the day ends before we make right our "trespasses." What are we waiting for?Read more
Third Sunday of Lent -- John 4: 5-42
In the Gospel story this Sunday, Jesus encounters someone from the Samaritan cultural group, those "other" people who were not like "us." This particular Samaritan was a woman, and not a "nice" woman, to boot. She had had many husbands, but she was living a lonely life. Even her neighbors avoided her company. Jesus sees straight into her parched and aching heart. He offers her Living Water and fullness of life in him. Here's a prime example of how meeting Jesus changes everything!Read more
Second Sunday of Lent 2017 - At Home In Our Faith
From the top of the mountain, the apostles, future leaders of God's people, saw more clearly God's glorious plan for them. They saw the Promised land. They heard the divine call to enter a new life in God. The experience would animate them through Good Friday an d the hard days to come. When all was dark, they remembered the mountain and glory. We all need mountain-top experiences to keep us going and give us hope.Read more
They say that when a man marries a woman, he thinks, “She’s the one I’ve been waiting for. She’ll never change.” – and she always does. And a woman looks at her man, and thinks, “He just needs a little work; after we’re married, I’ll help him change” – and he never does. The truth is that both men and women will change as time goes on: Biologists tell us that every seven years we have totally replaced all the cells in our bodies with new ones.Read more
"At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry." Matthew 4: 1-11 -- First Sunday of Lent.
What are you hungry for? It can't be chocolate--Lent just started! No matter what age we get to be, everyone hungers for friendship. Beyond our nutritional requirements or physical appetites, we yearn to know we matter to another person.Read more