The Jesus I know and love

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ You are my witnesses to the ends of the earth!

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord ~ May 13, 2018 The feast of the Ascension of our Lord is part of the Easter mystery.  First is the resurrection in which Jesus conquers death for us and reveals that life for us will never end. Then there is the ascension in which Jesus is […]

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ No Greater Love

The Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 The selection from the gospel of St. John today is taken from the wonderful Last Discourse of  Jesus as he is reflecting with his disciples in the Upper Room at the Last Supper in the final hours before his Passion. “As the Father loves me, so I also love you, […]

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ Life-Surge ~ Stay connected

The Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ April 29, 2018 Jesus is so cool in the images he uses to communicate. In the gospel passage today (John 15:1-8), Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” (You can read the entire passage below.) Our Scripture scholar-friend William Barclay tells us that Jesus often uses images that […]

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ Being known and loved anyway

The Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 Dear Friends, The Fourth Sunday of Easter has my favorite story of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  It’s my also my favorite image of Jesus. It’s the perfect image for us today. Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”  […]

The Second Sunday of Easter “Peace be with You!”

The Second Sunday of Easter ~ 2018 ~ “Peace be with You!” When Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection, he would greet them with the words, “Peace be with you.” They were very distressed and fearful, huddled together in the Upper Room behind locked doors. They were sad and distraught that the One they had […]

My God, why have you forsaken me!!!

Like a sapling he grew in front of us, Like a root in arid ground… a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering …. And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, […]

Monday of Holy Week ~ Love’s extravagance

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK ~ 2018 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 of pure […]