Archive for February, 2016

Tuesday of Lent 3 – Mark 10:32-45

ShareMark 10:32-45 As children we often say and do things we are later embarrassed by.  At home, for example, I still have a large green book filled with pictures I drew, stickers, games I made up, etc.  In the front cover of the book stands a statement I wrote that still causes me to laugh […]

February 29, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Monday of Lent 3 – Mark 10:17-31

ShareMark 10:17-31 Poor rich young ruler.  He just didn’t get it.  He thought he had it made in this world.  He was rich, he kept the commandments of God from his youth, and he even understood that Jesus was a good teacher.  What else could God possibly want from him? What Jesus wanted was the […]

February 28, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Lent 2 – John 11:45-57

ShareJohn 11:45-57 This passage cuts me to the quick (that soft underbelly of the fingernails that used to hurt so much when my Mom cut my fingernails too short.)  It’s all very safe to keep the chief priests and Pharisees stored in my head where they can muck about and cause mischief without hurting me.  […]

February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Lent 2 – John 11:28-44

ShareJohn 11:28-44 Jesus wept. Every fan of Bible trivia knows that this is the shortest verse in the Bible (though not many could tell you it’s John 11:35).  This morning, I’m going to write about 1000 words on just 2 words: “Jesus wept.” Jesus wept.  This is an extraordinary statement.  Knowing with Martha that Jesus […]

February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Lent 2 – John 11:17-27

ShareJohn 11:17-27 I wonder a lot about how the Gospel comes down to us in particular, pre-packaged forms.  I wonder about how it is that certain semi-official versions of the gospel became semi-official versions; about how and when John 3:16 became the verse of the Bible; about how Thomas became merely “Doubting Thomas”; about how […]

February 24, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Lent 2 – John 11:1-16

ShareJohn 11:1-16 “Let us also go, that we may die with Him” said Believing Thomas (it’s always bothered me that we burden St. Thomas solely with the descriptor “Doubting”).  I don’t believe Thomas actually knew what he was saying, but I think I know what it might mean to us. “Let us also go, that […]

February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Lent 2, 2016 – John 10:1-30 – Part III

ShareJohn 10:1-30 – Part III Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, both knows and leads His sheep.  But this knowledge (which is love) and this leading (which is love by serving) means that the Good Shepherd also gives His life for the sheep (verse 11 and 15). Jesus, the Good Shepherd, loves His sheep: He loves […]

February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Lent 2 – John 10:1-30 – Part II

ShareJohn 10:1-30 – Part II The Good Shepherd not only knows His sheep but also leads them.  “He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.  And when He brings out his own sheep, He goes before them; and the sheep follow Him, for they know His voice” (verses 3 and 4). The […]

February 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Lent 1 – 1 Timothy 6:6-21

Share1 Timothy 6:6-21 As we finish the first full week after Lent, continuing in the way of the Cross to meet Jesus at Golgotha on Good Friday that we might meet Him at the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, we hear this morning once again about the need to divest.  The rest of the world […]

February 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Lent 1 – Ember Friday – 1 Timothy 4

Share1 Timothy 4             During this season of Lent, on this Ember Friday, we continue the theme of Ember Days and especially that of Lent. “What should I give up for Lent?”  That’s the question we often hear.  This can become a mere formality, as with any part of the spiritual life, and it can […]

February 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More