Easter Week – Remembering Triduum backwards 4

Why did Jesus die on the cross?  Why was he put to death?  Why do we humans, you and I,  put others on the cross? Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) pictured Jesus immersed in and among wounded human beings.  Like us, though we may look better in the mirror.  John’s Passion Narrative, the ending of “The Book […]

As Lent concludes… A personal reflection

Thanks to all who shared how Lent went for you.  It seems that you covered the gamut from 1-10.  I was surprised at how many registered above 6!  It’s not what I hear from folks after Mass or in confession. So, here’s my story.  I resolved to give away 8 things a week for Lent, […]

5th SUN LENT – Hurt people hurt people…

The “other part of the story” that came to light for me about the raising of Lazarus (while studying to preach) was opened up by the insightful commentary on the gospel of John, “Life Abounding,” by Brendan Byrne, SJ.  It’s about the Pharisees. The gospel on Sunday ended with verse 45, which in fact, is […]

5th SUN LENT – “What would you say to Jesus…?”

This came up at a Saturday lunch conversation.  “What would you say to Jesus if you were raised from the dead after four days?”  I asked that this morning at our celebration of the 5th Sunday of Lent.  I heard a chorus of “thank you!”  That’s sweet.  However, think about it… It’s now four days since you […]

4th SUN LENT – Tug-o’-war with God

What are we to do about the tug-o’-war we play with God?  Deny it?  Accept it grudgingly?  Red badge of courage?  Name it for what it is?  God pulls me toward living completely in trust and surrender.  I pull God toward my will to make myself great.  Yep. As best I can discern, I grew up […]

4th SUN LENT – “How do I get there from here?”

     “As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,  that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned;  it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.”  (John 9:1ff) Jesus simply acted. […]

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