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Holy Week and Easter

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Holy week is a season of vigil; an invitation to enter into the gospel narrative, to stay present, day by day, night by night. The great storm which has been mounting against Jesus is now breaking. But he stays. And he invites us to stay: “Stay with me. Watch and pray.” (Matthew 26) On the… Read more »

Palm Sunday

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Jubilation and grief: entering Jerusalem If our gospel companions had wondered when Jesus would finally declare himself as Messiah, they wonder no more. They are sure the day has finally come! Join the festive crowd as you enter Matthew’s narrative, and walk alongside Jesus as you read Matthew 21:1-11 and Luke 19:41-44. As Jesus is… Read more »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Our lectionary readings lead us into two graveyards – the first in Ezekiel 27, and then another in John 11. First we are called to stand with Ezekiel in a valley, surrounded by human bones strewn across the valley floor.  We also gather with Mary, Martha, and their neighbors at the entrance to the tomb… Read more »

Fourth Sunday of Lent

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  Jesus knew as he began his ministry, what his work is about, and Who it is that would empower him: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor proclaim release to the captives bring recovery of sight to the blind and let… Read more »

Third Sunday of Lent

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Prayer before reading: Lord Jesus Christ, You  call us to come To be with you. By your Spirit help me To see you, To hear you, To receive your Spirit, To be led by your Spirit. Amen Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture. Season of Lent:  Week Three As we enter the narratives in… Read more »

Second Sunday of Lent

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Prayer before reading: Lord Jesus Christ, You  call us to come To be with you. By your Spirit help me To see you, To hear you, To receive your Spirit, To be led by your Spirit. Amen Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture. Season of Lent:  Week Two This week the Lenten journey takes… Read more »

First Sunday of Lent

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Prayer before reading: Lord Jesus Christ, You  call us to come To be with you. By your Spirit help me To see you, To hear you, To receive your Spirit, To be led by your Spirit. Amen Read slowly. Listen deeply. Indwell the scripture. Season of Lent:  Week One The Lenten journey draws us into… Read more »

Eighth Sunday after Epiphany

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This week we continue in retreat with Jesus and his disciples. We are invited now to go for  quiet walk – here in the out-of-doors. Aware of our deeply entrenched anxiety, Jesus brings our fears and worries into the light of day. We worry about a multitude of things, and many of these anxieties connect… Read more »

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

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This week we continue in retreat with Jesus and his disciples. He continues to take us beyond the reach of the Mosaic Law and its traditions, into the realm of fulfillment—how we respond to those who are injust, those who are our enemy. Jesus tells us who we are: children of your Father in heaven…. Read more »

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

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We are still on this mountain retreat, along with the early disciples and Jesus. He continues to take us beyond the reach of the Mosaic Law and its traditions, into the realm of fulfillment–the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven. This kind of fulfillment is no esoteric bubble. Rather this One who comes to fulfill… Read more »