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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…

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…

5th Sunday in Lent-Words of Prophecy

Words of Prophecy READ EZEKIEL 37:1-14 Ezekiel is asked an obvious “no” question! (Can these bones live, indeed!) Perhaps, today’s equivalent would be “Can we create harmony within the church?” I suggest this because the idea that dried bones could be given life – not the skeletal life of horror movies but actually be given…

4th Sunday in Lent-Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light READ EPHESIANS 5:8-14 In this pericope, Paul is stating that Christians have to undergo a dramatic transformation of the self by moving from darkness (sin) into light (salvation). Light and dark imagery connotes divergent meanings associated with the two words. In other words, darkness is seen as the antithesis of light, with…

3rd Sunday in Lent-Fighting Words

Fighting Words READ EXODUS 17:1-7 Quarrelling. Grumbling. Testing. Threatening. Crying. This is a story packed with angst. Often when I’m reading the Bible, I have to read a passage two or three times to get a sense of what is going on. Emotions, intonations, facial expressions, and actions are all lost on me until I…

2nd Sunday in Lent-Words of the Law and Words Set Free

Words of the Law and Words Set Free READ ISAIAH 4:1-5, 13-17 My God-daughter took the ACT college prep test this past weekend, and her prompt question for the essay was: “Should students have to follow school rules when they are not on school property?” When asked what she wrote she replied, “The first thing…

Monday March 13, 2017

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. My father-in-law, who as a Christian identified primarily with the Catholic Church, loved gathering with the church no matter its branch of the…

Friday March 10, 2017

Romans 1:17 “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith.”  Christians live by faith. In our daily journey through life we are guided by reason, intelligence, preferences, biology. But for the Christian underneath them all is the guidance of faith…