Easter Vigil: You Have Only to Keep Still

For a true Easter Vigil service a great many Bible passages are suggested and appointed to lead us up to the glorious drama of the Resurrection.

 

Besides the Resurrection proclamation, the one required and appointed text is Exodus 14:10-31, about the miraculous redemption of the Hebrew people from bondage in Egypt.

 

Out of that reading, the verses […]

Good Friday: We Are On Trial

John’s Gospel is so different from all the others, because Jesus the spotlight is on his eternal divinity in all its power.

 

One dominant theme throughout the Passion according to John is that when Jesus is brought up on charges before the High Priest, before Pilate, and even before the crowds, it turns out that not […]

Maundy Thursday: Don’t Keep Safe. Keep Loving!

These epidemic days everyone tells us, “Keep safe.” But our real job is to keep loving, and loving often isn’t safe.

 

Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin, mandatum, which means “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to us, which encompasses and expands all valid laws known to humankind, is “Love as I loved you.”

 

The Fourth Gospel […]

Holy Week’s Climax: The Three Days

What meaning is there in this time piled high with difficulty?

To the extent that we listen to the earth we might hear a sigh turning into a deep breath. Forced into staying in our homes we have given creation a moment’s reprieve from the ways we have been burning up resources, destroying rain forests, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abbie's Death Leaves a Hole in Our Hearts

Yesterday we put down our beloved Abbie. It has left a big hole in our hearts!!

Of course, if you are part of the human race, you have already flinched, because you have the pain stored in every cell of your body. And, if you are among those who share with us a special fondness for […]

Should We Buy a New ATV?

Reflections on Luke 12:13-21, the Gospel reading for the 8th Sunday of Pentecost.

Almost every day on the farm we are faced with quite consequential decisions. Today it is about our ATV. Most days we use it several times for all sorts of jobs. But now it is squeaky after 17 years of hard use. Now […]