Today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. We hear from John’s gospel about Jesus, the Good Shepherd. While in the Holy Land a few years back, I visited with the monks at the Church of the Good Shepherd. They talked about the life of a shepherd. They are willing to risk their lives for their sheep.
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We are in the midst of the Resurrection stories. Peter offers the opportunity of conversion – simply seeking the forgiveness of the Lord and changing our hearts – to the very people who put Jesus to death. In the gospel, the disciples cannot get over what has taken place. Just before this reading they say “Weren't
This week we celebrate the Octave of Easter concluding with Divine Mercy Sunday. It is, in effect a continuous celebration of God’s mercy which is ever present and results in pure joy and eternal hope. This past week I went to see the movie, I Can Only Imagine. If you have not seen it- go! It
(Holy Thursday - the institution of the Eucharist - through to Evening Prayer on Sunday) we are made present at these events. When we read the Passion – first on Palm Sunday and again on Good Friday – we hear and say those horrible words, “Crucify him, crucify him!” I find these words so challenging to
“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” The words reverberate in the air. They are the words of an innocent and suffering person who does not understand and has, for the moment, lost all hope as we listen to them in Psalm 22. They are the final words of our Lord Jesus, as he
Two weeks ago I talked about judgements – judgement of actions and not the person. We make those judgements through the ‘rules’ or guidelines given to us by Church teaching and Scripture. God has also made covenants (binding agreements between God and His people) with us as well. During Lent we have heard about these covenants
God is in control! Our readings this week all remind us that at the end of the day – God is in control! Lent carries with it a certain darkness we are all working to get out of. The darkness of the challenges in our lives. We have all experienced that spiral into the depths of
As I reflected on this week, I had decided to ‘go off script’ from the readings of the week. God has been hitting me over the head the past couple weeks with a specific topic I felt needed addressed – we say we should provide assistance without judgement. But what does that mean? Did not Jesus
From the desert to the mountaintop! It is the journey we travel the first two weeks of Lent each year. We are reminded that each of us faces challenges, struggles, and temptations in our lives. But God reminds us through the Transfiguration of what awaits us if we remain faithful. Jesus takes his disciples with him
We enter into Lent. Each Lent we are afforded the unique opportunity to join Jesus in the desert. It is a time for renewal – a time to change behaviors – a time to correct course. It is a time to reflect on our sins – to really reflect upon those obstacles in our lives that