Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Week of March 18, 2018

Of all weeks, this is the week of mindfulness. We will play that out in our responsive readings this week in worship. People in the Gospels were, at one moment, singing and shouting their hosannas. At the climax of the Passion narrative, these very same people shout, "Crucify him!" We readers of the Gospel wonder whether or not these folks could hear themselves.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Week of March 11, 2018

It's one thing to have a plan, but it's a whole other thing when it comes to carrying it out. This sounds about right for folks like us, coming upon our Fifth Sunday in Lent. In all my (short) thirty-eight years, I have observed this more than anything else in myself and in those I meet. There's always what we want, intend, and expect to happen and then there's what actually happens.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Week of March 4, 2018

And who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit? Matthew 6.27

A cubit, I read, is the distance between your elbow and the tip of your middle finger. In this teaching, the Gospel attributes this saying to Jesus. The most important man in the world teaches people how to best live in the world,

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Week of February 25, 2018

This week moves us towards the third of five weeks in Lent before Palm Sunday, which will launch us into Holy Week. I told you my practice this season is to drive the speed limit, no matter what. Why? Well, it’s practice. It’s a practice that seemed almost impossible for me. I can report, however, that, except for brief intervals of lane changes and unavoidable safety maneuvers in the name of defensive driving, I’m still at it. Here’s what this practice is teaching.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Week of February 18, 2018

We’ve been a week in ashes thus far this Lenten season. How are you doing with your discipline? I imagine two scenarios because I have a tendency towards both. There’s the person who started off like a champ but has already realized life’s too short and this isn’t worth it. The other folks are hanging on by a thread, fighting that urge that drove others away, partly out of compulsion and partly in an effort to achieve something. Both are okay.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Week of February 11, 2018

It's a wacky day. Romance is in the air, for it is indeed Valentines Day. But there is an air of Romanticism as well, for we remember today is normally a feast day in the greater church honoring the martyred saints bearing the name. And, if that weren't enough, I now bear the traditional scent of penance, having incinerated some of last year's palms used on Palm Sunday. It is Ash Wednesday, which means we'll all carry the mark of these very ashes of which I reek, along with a hard saying, out into the world when we leave here tonight.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Week of February 4, 2018

Have you begun thinking about your Lenten discipline for the upcoming season? It’s less than a week away now, as Ash Wednesday is next week. We’ll worship that evening, February 14, at 6 p.m. with a service of meditation on penitence and with the imposition of ashes. If you haven’t thought through your discipline for the season, you had better get on it.