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Easter Vigil

Dear friends in Christ: On this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which, by hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death. — Lighting of the Paschal Candle What do we hear, when we listen to the words from Genesis, Exodus, Ezekiel and the others? Do we hear perhaps the story of our redemption unfolding? Might we find that God does not intend for us to be caught in a world of darkness where no true light shines in? This night we are reminded that God knew that nothing short of His ow

Palm/Passion Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 What a great reversal we have this Sunday! Just a few minutes ago we were singing All Glory Laud and Honor, waving palms, and singing Halle Halle. What happened? Within a few short minutes we are in the very heart of Jesus’ Passion. We move from Palm Sunday to Passion Sunday within a twinkling. From Hosanna to Crucify Him! And Jesus himself goes through a rather powerful transformation. In Mark’s Gospel Jesus is a man of dynamic, vibrant action; he preaches, he heals, he exorcises demons, and he teaches. Yet, during His Passion in Mark, he falls silent, saying very little, and accepts the actions of others upon Him. He is resigned, resilien

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Numbers 21:4-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 Opening monologue from Racing Demon by David Hare, reading the description of Rev. Lionel Espy. There is a real challenge of God’s (perceived) absence in the modern world, isn’t there? Of God’s silence? And in that silence, anger, despair, violence, and more can grow. Worst, we can begin to feel that God does not exist at all or, if God is “real” He or She is a God of wrath, of punishment and anger only. Where are you God? Or “Why are you doing this to me?” These are important questions which we mustn’t gloss over because they reflect the real pain that much of the world is in. Yet, into the vacuum of God’s perceived absence, anger, or non-exist

Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 Jesus’ actions in John today fly in the face of who we usually think Jesus is: mild, compassionate, nurturing and loving. Jesus wielding a whip and, quite likely, hitting people and/or animals with it, is something that we may scratching our heads and hearts over. Jesus has a strong sense of the sacredness of worship, how we are called to worship God, and how we are called to be in community with God. But Jesus’ prediction, “Destroy this Temple and in 3 days I will raise it up,” means that, ultimately, Jesus’ body, His life, His very essence is the source of our worship, not a building, not a transitory place. Jesus is the everlas