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Ash Wednesday

A Glimpse of the End

Long journeys repeated time and again develop a certain character. We get accustomed to terrain and landmarks. We develop a sense of the passing of time. We even come to expect fatigue and refreshment. Fatigue sets in when we begin to wonder if we can finish the journey. Refreshment lifts our spirits when we glimpse […] Read More

Our Moveable Feast

With Ash Wednesday behind us and Jerusalem before us we are pilgrims once more. The traditions of the Church have nudged us out of places of comfort and put us on yet another journey to Jerusalem in hopes of learning and experiencing more of what it means to follow Jesus. The irony of Lent is […] Read More

Tuesday afternoon my 13 year-old was walking down a busy street when an unknown group of high school-age boys asked him for a dollar for bus money. Steven had recently been told by someone he trusts about the possibility that a stranger in need might be Jesus in disguise, so he pulled out his wallet […] Read More

The challenge of Ash Wednesday, indeed the challenge for the Lenten Season, is to find a different rhythm for life. The greater challenge is to find a way to let that seasonal rhythm set a new tone for living beyond a period of commitment to reflectiveness. In some popular versions of Lenten practice the season […] Read More

Ready… set… go!! Using the liturgical calendar encourages me to walk through the “ready, set” part of the spiritual journey. Keeping the liturgical seasons gives me a sense of rhythm and encourages me to set aside time to prepare. Nowhere is this more evident than in the season of Lent. Instead of jumping directly into […] Read More

Lent–Why Observe It?

It is written in the gospel of Mark that Jesus came “proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news'” (Mark 1:14-15; NRSV). With this message, our Lord laid the foundation for the proclamation which lies at […] Read More

Revelry and solemnity will converge this week, if only for a moment. In the convergence, a great reversal occurs. We reclaim the nearly lost image of the Christ as the one who joined The Party. And then we set aside the passions of the celebration to begin the long wait to welcome, again, the one […] Read More