Lent 2020

I can see! You light up my life! Who lights up your life?

The Fourth Sunday of Lent The story of the man born blind (Sunday, March 22nd, 2020) John the Evangelist is inviting us to ask ourselves:  Who are the blind ones?  Who are those who see? This story is amazing.  William Barclay, the great Presbyterian scripture scholar, comments that “there’s no more vivid character drawing in all of […]

A thirsty man meets a thirsty woman ~ are you thirsty too?

A spring in North Florida / Bob Traupman The Third Sunday of Lent (March 22, 2020 We’re in an important series of Sunday scriptures used to help catechumens (those preparing to meet the Lord in baptism).  In using this series of three stories (1st) The Woman at the Well, (2nd) The Man Born Blind (next Sunday) and […]

Have you ever had a mountaintop experience like Jesus did?

The Second Sunday of Lent ~ March 8th, 2020 Jesus takes Peter, James and John to a mountaintop and there they have ~ well ~ a “peak” experience extraordinaire.   It’s the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus in which he takes his favorite companions, Peter, James and John up a high mountain to pray. And there […]

The Fidelity of Jesus: May we be faithful too!

The First Sunday of Lent ~The Fidelity of Jesus ~ March 1st, 2020. This is a story about fidelity in the face of temptation. This is a story about the Jesus I know and love. Before I get into my own thoughts on this important opening story in the life of our Lord, I’d like […]

The Jesus I know and love ~ And I want you to know and love him too!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday, February 27, 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers, In the first reading, Moses says: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). […]

Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust ~ Let Jesus raise you up!

Ash Wednesday 2020 Dear Friends, Ash Wednesday is upon us once again. Easter  ~ Sunday April 12th. So, you may ask ~ what are ashes all about? We Catholics like symbols.  (So does Harry Potter.) What can they tell us about life? And death?  And reality? When the priest smears ashes on the penitent’s forehead […]

CARNIVAL! When do you let yourself have some fun?

Dear Friends, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party!   And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight Ash Wednesday morning when we Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week Lenten […]

CARNIVAL! When do you let yourself have some fun?

Dear Friends, Well, this week the Big Easy and Rio have one thing in common — one huge party! And what is so interesting its very Catholic.  It’s a time to let your hair down before the strike of midnight on Ash Wednesday morning when we Catholics used to abstain from meat during  the six-week […]