Holy Saturday - April 20

NRSV JOHN 19:38-42, THE BURIALAfter these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body.…

Good Friday - April 19

NRSV GENESIS 22:1-14, THE TESTING OF ABRAHAM After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a…

Maundy Thursday - April 18

NRSV JEREMIAH 31:31-34 A NEW COVENANTThe days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the…

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Prayer for Our Lady in Paris It is now roughly 24 hours since the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris was devastated by fire.  I, as I imagine you, watched with increasing heartsickness as the roof fire spread and the steeple came crashing to the ground.  While Notre Dame…

Tuesday April 16

Psa. 127:0   A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.1 Unless the LORD builds the house,those who build it labor in vain.Unless the LORD guards the city,the guard keeps watch in vain.2 It is in vain that you rise up earlyand go late to rest,eating…

Monday April 15

Psa. 129:0   A Song of Ascents.1 “Often have they attacked me from my youth”—let Israel now say—2 “often have they attacked me from my youth,yet they have not prevailed against me.3 The plowers plowed on my back;they made their furrows long.”4 The…

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Psalm 125A Call to AsymmetryPsa. 125:0   A Song of Ascents.1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,which cannot be moved, but abides forever.2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,so the Lord surrounds his people,from this time on and forevermore.3 For the…

Friday, April 12, 2019

Psalm 126Time & TransformationPsa. 126:0   A Song of Ascents.1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,we were like those who dream.2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,and our tongue with shouts of joy;then it was said among the nations,“The Lord has…