Wave Those Palm Branches

Palm Procession Psalm for Palm/Passion Sunday

This coming Sunday is both Palm and Passion Sunday in the church’s calendar. Let us, for the moment, concentrate on that first part.

 

This time of pandemic we are almost all confining ourselves to our homes. But let us, for a special moment, let our imaginations soar. Let us take up […]

Sméagol Rules the House

Sméagol is a house cat. That means he rules the house. Photo by John

In a time of pandemic it is good to “shelter in place,” and practice “social distancing.” But it is also good, with those who are part of the household, to cuddle. And cuddle big time.

Our “circular shaped” cat, Sméagol, is famous […]

Epidemic Advice from Martin Luther

We just had a Great little Zoom online meeting of our weekly church study group we call “Lunch and Learn.” A big part of the learning for me was a quote from Martin Luther about a similar time to ours (Thanks, Ken, for sharing it!).

Turns out we aren’t the first to go through difficult days […]

At the Tomb of Lazarus

John 11:1-45

Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A

Several times a day my wife and I scan the New York Times on line. These days, of course, we find that almost every article is more bad news about the current pandemic—each story worse than the last. Perhaps the most disturbing article of all was the one today […]

The Man Born Blind: Baptism’s Daily Significance in Decision

We call the present COVID-19 pandemic a crisis. Crisis can be thought of as a moment that makes decision necessary. We are pressed in a corner and must choose one way out rather than another.

The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent was meant by the author of this work as a deep meditation, in […]

The Samaritan Woman: Life That Gushes

We are still playing catch-up on the great dialogs of the Fourth Gospel appointed for Lent. Last Sunday was the Third Sunday of Lent, and the appointed Gospel reading was from John, chapter four, which features Jesus’ dialog with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.

 

I subtitle this the “Life that Gushes.” Jesus asks a woman […]

Fog and Beauty at Heatherhope

 

 

 

Here’s another reminder that Life goes on during the pandemic.

 

Martin Luther said that one of his weapons for keeping the Devil away was to cut a fart. We can do something akin if, in the midst of the threat of COVID-19, we habitually open our eyes to the beauty and holiness all around.

 

A foggy morning […]

Nicodemus and Us

This is my second “blog in a time of pandemic.” And it fits also in my ongoing series of reflections on the Sunday readings. (I rely greatly in these comments on the scholarship of the late Raymond E. Brown, and I love his idea that “eternal life” that is featured so much in the Fourth Gospel is “the life […]

Blogging in a Time of Pandemic

Isn’t it a loving God who put inside each of us the yearning to belong—to feel the presence of others—to complete someone else and have them complete us?

Perhaps Covid-19 is the earth’s way of crying out to us. It calls us from our flights, our road rage on the highways, our ball games (I sorely […]