Not Knowing

Easter – Year B – John 20:1-18

The evidence is clear—Jesus is not in the tomb. The stone has been rolled aside and the grave cloths removed. Mary Magdalene is the first to arrive, and the first to report it to the others: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

Isn’t it intriguing that faith in this risen one grows from the small dark seed of not knowing? In a time of awe-inspiring uncertainty, not ...

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Peace … Forgive

Easter – Year B – John 20:19-31

Over and over it happens. The familiar ground upon which we walk erupts, and we are heaved into quavering knees lockdown. What we can depend on is that Jesus will find a way to interrupt our fear and bring us into a deeper experience of peace. Not a peace that pats us on the back and wishes us well. No, the peace Jesus brings is not for the quieting of our private storms, for calming our ...

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Fragments

Lent – Year B – Mark 14:1-15:47

For the past few years, I have sensed death wanting to be my friend. You know the type. “Let’s hang out more,” she says, “get better acquainted!” But I already have plenty of friends, a busy life, and the truth is, I’m just not that into her. Yet there she is, shuffling along behind me, showing up when I least want her around, throwing her arms around my shoulders to show how close we ...

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Entering In

Lent – Year A – Matthew 4:1-11

All of us need wake-up calls and the opportunity to start over, which is some of what Lent offers to us. From Ash Wednesday’s sober reminder that we come from a common source, that in our very substance we are the same—no more than, or less than, good old everlasting dust—to Easter morning’s glory and grand surprise of resurrection, it is a heartfelt time of relinquishing and deepening into our humbled lowly ...

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