Holy Saturday ~ 2017

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love. – Ps 31:16 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 • Matthew 27:57-66 • 1 Peter 4:1-8  This is a solemn day. The Eucharist, which is ordinarily available every other day of the year for Roman Catholics, is typically withheld. This is often the case for other denominations…

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Good Friday ~ 2017

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” – Ps 22:1 Psalm 22 • John 18:1-19:42 A little longer, much more focused. The readings for today are intended to take us into an experience of Christ’s life that we often prefer to avoid. Let me encourage you today to stay in that pain. Christians…

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Maundy Thursday ~ 2017

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. ~ John 13:34 Ps 116:1-19 • Exodus 12:1-14 • I Cor 11:23-26 • John 13:1-17, 31-35 “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.”  Also known as: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.” – John 13:34…

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Wednesday of Holy Week ~ 2017

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. – Hebrews 12:3 Psalm 70 • Isaiah 50:4-9 • Hebrews 12:1-3 • John 13:21-32 It is troubling to discover that Jesus’ glorification is closely associated with his suffering and death. It is troubling because all…

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Monday of Holy Week ~ 2017

“He must increase, but I must decrease.” ~ John the Baptist Isaiah 42:1-9 • Psalm 36:5-11 • Hebrews 9:11-15 • John 12:1-11 There are moments in Scripture where a person loses himself or herself in adoration of God. Miriam and the women of Israel danced ecstatically, with their tambourines, exulting in God’s deliverance at the Red…

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