VIGIL: Holy Saturday
Why is this night different from all the other nights?
Because this is the night the angel of death passed over our door.
Because this is the night when the tomb will hold in death the life that it will conquer
Because this is th... Read more
ROOSTER: Good Friday
" At that moment a rooster crowed." --Matthew 26:74
O Lord, denial can take a million forms. In words or in silence. In weakness or in strength. In promises unkept or in threats carried out.
I would be a fool to say I haven't commit... Read more
LAMB: Maundy Thursday
" For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed."--1 Corinthians 5:7
The lamb, an ancient animal, an image as old as the exodus from Egypt.
:" Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world !" John the Baptist's words beg... Read more
VULTURES: Wednesday of Holy Week
"...there the vultures will gather."--Matthew 24:28
It was close enough to the end that I suspect you already saw the vultures circling overhead. They are foreboding creatures, predators after easy prey.
We know of "vultures" in our o... Read more
CORPSE: Tuesday of Holy Week
"Wherever the corpse is..." Matthew 24:28
We look for signs and you, Lord, tell it like it is. Wars and rumors of wars...nations against nations...famines, earthquakes, hatred, betrayals, ...it is a dire picture. But honestly, that's ... Read more
BIRTH PANGS: Monday of Holy Week
"...all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs." Matthew 24:8
Funny, Lord, all the signs you spoke of sounded more like the death and destruction of things. Awful things. Painful things.
That you say, is only the beginning.
... Read more
For us by wickedness betrayed,
Fir us, in crown of thorns arrayed,
He bore the shameful cross and death.
For us he gave his dying breath.
Looking back at this week in review, we learned about the Hen gathering her her brood under her ... Read more
SIGN Saturday's Theme
"Tell us...what will be the sign of your coming?"--Matthew 24:3
Lord, give me a sign. That's all I ask.
It is a question, that, in so many words, we're still asking you, O Lord,. It just seems to be a part of human nature, or my natu... Read more
WORLD: Friday of the Fifth Week
"Ever since the creation of the world..." ----Romans 1:20
The whole world shows forth your glory. O God, in spite of its brokenness and our breaking of it. Foxes, donkeys, doves, camels, lions, vultures...all your creatures are signs of y... Read more
LAND: Thursday's Theme
"Therefore the land mourns."----Hosea 4:3
It should come as no surprise that the land mourns. If only we could hear it. But the land mourns in silence.
The land mourns because you mourn. The land was watered by your own tears, as yo... Read more
" They laugh at every fortress, and heap up earth to to take it."
-----------Habakkuk 1: 10
Foxholes, trenches, minefields...landfills, toxic dumps, trash heaps.....Humanity has devised any number of ways to use soil, dirt, the earth itse... Read more
",,,and you were not willing."........Matthew 23:37
O Lord Christ, your grief is a warning to my own unwillingness. It I would pray for anything at all, I pray for the willingness to receive your gifts, to be open to your lovingkindness fo... Read more
HEN is Monday's Theme of the 5th Week
"...as a hen gathers her brood under her wings..."---Matthew 23:37
A chicken? O Christ, of all the animals, you call yourself a hen, a mother chicken?
On the playground, to be called a "chicken" is to be taunted against our own fears.... Read more
The 5th Sunday in Lent
For us he prayed ; for us he taught,
For us his daily works he wrought,
By words and signs and actions thus
Still seeking not himself, but us.
This past week we looked and wondered at how overjoyed the camels may have been on the nigh... Read more
CHILDREN : Saturday's Theme
"...How often have I desired to gather your children together..." Matt. 23 : 37
So much of your ministry, O Christ, was spent gathering children unto you. " Let the little children come to me..." They are precious in your sight. You take... Read more
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