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Jesus is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Easter Sunday 2016 Jesus, Seed sown-down / risen-up fruit-full Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!  Wheat-grain harvested whole / hallowed Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus! Bread-broken giving Life forever Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!  Wrathful grape pressed into purpled joy Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus!   Dead and dread become dancing-dawn Arise and sing Alleluia! Jesus! Light […]

What Wondrous Love is This?

  Jesus the Lover Like a sapling he grew in front of us,                                                                                     […]

The Sorrowful Mothers of the World

While I was on my retreat during Lent some years ago,  one of my prayer assignments was to sit before a statue of the sorrowful mother.  I have always had a devotion to Mary, the mother of the Lord,  and on that balmy afternoon against the background of the cypress swamp I reflected on all […]

Jesus, Mary and some expensive oil

Monday of Holy Week ~ March 21, 2016 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. Mary took a pound of costly perfume made […]

He emptied himself becoming utterly poor for us

Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ March 20, 2016 Dear Friends, All is ready now for the final days of our Lenten journey with Jesus.   The drama of the Paschal Mystery will  be re-enacted  once again in  parishes throughout the world.  I have loved the liturgy of Holy Week since […]

See, I am doing something new! It’s Mercy! It’s Forgiveness!

The Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ March 13, 2016 “See, I am doing something new!” says Isaiah. What is this “new thing” that is promised? It is mercy. It is compassion. It is forgiveness. It is Jesus our Lord! We saw this in the wondrous story of the Prodigal Son proclaimed last week. That story […]

Lost in wonder ~ the story of the prodigal son

The Fourth Sunday of Lent ~ Laetare Sunday ~ the sunday of joy halfway through Lent.  the color of the vestments is rose rather than violet ~ a little more festive. Today’s Gospel is the Story of the Prodigal Son. It’s been called the greatest short story in the world. Our scripture-scholar friend William Barclay tells […]