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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After the Baptism, a Wedding

John 2:1-11

From the scene of Jesus’ baptism, we move now to a wedding where Jesus is one of the attendees. Just a regular guest at a common celebration, but when the wine runs low his mother suggests he might be able to help. Jesus responds, “What does this have to do with me?” But she senses the ordinary is about to become extraordinary. The stone jars commonly used for water will become precious vessels of extravagance; the ordinary water ...

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To Know and Not Know

Epiphany – Year A – John 1:29-42

Apparently there will be both a lot of knowing and not knowing on the journey with Jesus. In some ways we will come to know more than we ever dreamed possible, and in some ways we never will know him, what and who he really is, nor will we fully comprehend ourselves in our fullest depths.

Even John, who has just baptized Jesus and grew up knowing him as the son of his ...

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