Our church as just concluded Holy Week, entering Jerusalem triumphantly with Christ on Palm Sunday, having our feet washed, feasting on the Lord’s supper with him, watching and praying with him in the garden at Gethsemane, standing by helplessly as he was crucified and being witnesses to his glorious resurrection. If that sounds like a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
For many people Christmas is the high point of their year, but for me it’s Easter, or more accurately, Holy Week. At Christmas, Christ must share the attention due him with family, friends, shopping and decorating. During Holy Week, it’s all about him. At least, it’s supposed to be. For those of us in church […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Things were getting tense. The Pharisees were obviously pooling their mental resources and coming out to ask Teacher questions merely to trip him up. How he managed to keep his cool through all that, I’ll never know. Especially when they brought the woman they’d caught in adultery to him! I was so angry and appalled […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
You say: “Knock and I’ll answer. Seek and find me.” I can’t rise from my chair to reach the door. Seeking sounds like work. You say: “Come to me when you’re weary and worn out. You’ll find real rest with me.” I roll from this lazy-boy into a loveseat with you. You take my troubles, you calm my fevered thinking. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today I sat before Station 11 at our Stations of the Cross service–the one where Jesus stretches out his hands to receive the nails. The sacrifce of Christ always seems so incomprehensible to me that I have difficulty accepting it. Can I accept this suffering on my behalf? I can and have, but I always feel so […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.
Today Jesus’ disciples asked where he wanted to celebrate the Passover feast. He instructs them to enter Jerusalem and follow home a man carrying a jar of water, then to ask the master of the house about using his ready-for-feasting upper room. As the guest begin to arrive, Jesus washes their feet–a servant’s task. Then […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Jesus is staying at the home of Simon the leper–interesting that we don’t hear of a healing here–when a woman comes in and anoints his head with a very expensive ointment. The disciples are appalled; why not give this money to the poor? Jesus stops them, saying “The poor will always be with you…she is anointing me […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today in Jesus’ life he returned to Jerusalem and the temple. The Pharisees are trying to trick him, the Herodians are trying to trick him, the Sadducees are trying to draw them into the theological debate of the day, a single scribe starts to understand what Jesus is about. Jesus teaches and then teaches some more….and the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today in Jesus’ life, he was hungry so went to pick a fig. When he didn’t find it, he cursed the fig tree. Then he went into Jerusalem and drove off the marketers and salespeople from within the temple for a second time. He left the city at night which is a good thing–the religious […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.