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What Lies Ahead

As I write this reflection, the war in Ukraine has been going on for more than two months. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been injured or killed. As of April 21, almost 5.4 million refugees have fled Ukraine, and an estimated 7.7 million people have been displaced within the country itself. Some of...

Timeless Historical Truth

Year C Acts 9:1-20 Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… We know that when Jesus taught…  he often told parables…  stories which centered on things that were part of daily life…  and about which he knew…  sheep and shepherds…  vineyards and wine…  sowing and reaping…  lakes and fishing… ...

How Many Locks Do We Need?

Year C Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Today’s Psalm is one of two choices allowed by the Revised Common Lectionary…  the other is Psalm 118:14-29…  but in today’s Psalm…  in this translation of today’s Psalm…  the word Praise appears eleven times in six short...

The Living Are Not Here

Year C Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… The Gospels are silent…  about what happened after Jesus’ body was wrapped in a linen cloth…  and placed in Joseph of Arimethea’s rock-hewn tomb…  the women who had come from Galilee on Friday saw the tomb…  and...

Even If Our Voices Shake

Good Friday – Year C Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Hebrews 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Death is ever present…  it is unavoidable…  it is never to be sought out…  but sooner or later…  death comes for us…  I mean…  I’m a L’Chayim …  to life…  kind of guy…  life...