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When Hope Blinds

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Perhaps like me, you find it easy to let God know what He ought to be up to in your life. We easily develop these rather pre-determined plans that dictate how He engages our lives, the lives of those around us, and in many cases, the whole world. In that sense, we’re no different than […]

The Silence of God

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Several years ago some friends and I checked in for a week-end retreat at a Trappist Monastery. There was just one rule we were asked to obey-no talking! Well, that sounded reasonable enough-silence for two days. I can do that.  It will be good for me.  The truth is that I was driven to distraction […]

The Gift of Life

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But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. […]

Maundy Thursday

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“Maundy Thursday.”  The first time I heard someone use that that phrase, I thought he was saying “Monday Thursday”—a rather contradictory concept!  But “Maundy” is probably an old English corruption of the Latin word for “commandment,” mandatum.  If so, then Maundy Thursday is Commandment Thursday.  But what does that mean? All four Gospels record Jesus’ […]

What Does God Want from Me?

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As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her […]

Holy Week: Fuzzy Wuzzy

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  Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair! Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he? One of my favorite childhood memories is of my Grandpa singing this silly rhyme to us. Of course, what makes the poem funny is that Fuzzy Wuzzy was ironically misnamed. Perhaps “Baldy Waldy” would have been more appropriate, […]

The Jesus We’d Rather Not Talk About

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  When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.” Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among […]

Journey through Holy Week: Judgment Turns to Silence

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Have you ever noticed how pride can quietly rise up? It often shows up in our judgment of others. We see someone do something and make an under the breath comment about how inappropriate they are. I think about our tendencies to pride when I read the familiar passage of the triumphal entry of Jesus […]