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Easter Sunday-When Words Fall Short

When Words Fall Short READ JOHN 20:1-18 Together as a Christian community, we have come to the end of our solemn preparations for Easter, much like Mary’s sorrow ended when she saw Jesus by the empty tomb. Perhaps one thing we’ve noticed this season, especially if we’ve been reading these Words Matter reflections, is how…

What Does Good Friday Teach Us?

We ought to cringe when looking on the crucifixion. It is stark. It is ugly. It is about betrayal, and torture, and execution and abandonment and death. Why should God have anything to do with us in this? God should shake God’s head and walk away. It is beneath God to have anything to do…

Maundy Thursday

A New Commandment (Maundy Thursday Prayer)

(The word Maundy comes from the Latin word for commandment and recalls Jesus’ teaching his disciples during the dinner that he was giving them a “new commandment, that you love one another.”) Creator God, thou who the Bible calls “love”, you sent Jesus Christ into our world that we might see what love really looks…

Palm Sunday-Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words READ MATTHEW 21:1-11 Matthew, like all the evangelists, has a particular audience in mind as he writes his Gospel. It is generally agreed that Matthew is writing to the Jewish-Christian audience, some of the first Jews to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. His readers, then, would have been familiar…