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Easter

Jesus was not executed because he offered thoughts and prayers to the poor, sick, marginalized and oppressed. Jesus was executed because he turned the powerful and their systems upside down with his radical inclusion of the “other” and his courageous actions against tyranny. More than any other recent Holy Week, I need to reflect upon […] Read More

Christmas is always on Dec. 25. Why is Easter not on the same date every year? This year, for the first time since 1956, Easter comes on April 1, creating a curious juxtaposition of sorts. Next year, Easter will be celebrated on April 21, just as the redbuds, dogwoods and azaleas are beginning to bloom. […] Read More

I read about a woman in New York City who was interviewed as she departed church one Sunday. A reporter asked, “What is Easter?” The woman said, “Easter is when we throw off the robes of winter.” A critic of Christianity said, “Easter is a spring ritual celebrating the ancient myths of the Mediterranean mind.” […] Read More

Easter changes everything. Like no other part of the Christian faith, the story of Easter is at the heart of what makes our faith unique and life-changing. Death is overcome by life. Not even the grave is immune to the life-giving power of Jesus Christ. Those simple statements have profound implications. Across the centuries, this […] Read More

We were honored to be invited to a friend’s home for their Seder dinner on the first night of Passover. It was a meaningful and fascinating experience as we read through the Haggadah (readings that guide the Seder meal by retelling the Exodus narrative) and ate the various foods of the proscribed dishes. We were […] Read More

I came off of a very productive Lent this past season. My Lent involved fasting from politics – from listening, watching, reading and anything having to do with politics. That was a good exercise. Before Lent, I was up too late watching CNN, wasting away in the midnight hours reading The Washington Post and subjecting […] Read More

The cross of Jesus is not an isolated transaction that changes the divine relationship to humanity. Rather, as I noted yesterday, it seems to be a disclosure of the pattern of God’s relationship to the human family all along. Continuing the reflection on the pattern of the testimony, which is the covenant community’s expression of […] Read More

Good Friday was bad long before it was good, at least from outward appearances. God was being crucified by all that can go bad in the world: pride, jealousy, distrust, wound, self-interest, sin. It’s no accident the Gospels tell us that, as Jesus was dying, it grew dark in the middle of the day. Few […] Read More

The Gospel of Matthew tells two stories that juxtapose the responses of those who look upon the death of Jesus and those who will see the resurrected Christ. The Roman guards are terrified twice over: at Christ’s death and at the angel’s announcement of Christ’s resurrection. Indeed, the local Roman authorities do everything to silence […] Read More

The annual cycle of the church’s participation in the biblical drama keeps alive in our tradition the foundational experiences that make us who we are. In that drama, we are invited to graft our story onto that story, making it our own. Another implicit part of that invitation is to see the part of the […] Read More