The Stones Would Cry Out: A Reflection for Palm Sunday 2022

Every year at Passover, the Roman governor would travel up from the coastal capital at Caesarea Maritima (literally, ‘Caesar’s City by the Sea’) to Jerusalem. It was a symbolic reminder of Rome’s mastery as much as a practical reinforcement of local troops. And no wonder. It’s hard to imagine anything more unsettling for an occupying … Continue reading The Stones Would Cry Out: A Reflection for Palm Sunday 2022

The Seventh Day: A Reflection for Holy Saturday 2021

And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation (Gen 2.2-3). We … Continue reading The Seventh Day: A Reflection for Holy Saturday 2021

This Is How It Ends: A Reflection for Good Friday 2021

This is how it ends. The joy of the incarnation, the surprising revelations at Jesus' baptism, the years of miraculous healings and heavenly teaching, of standing up to the authorities. The backlash, the intrigue, the betrayal, the conspiracy, the kangaroo court. This is how it ends. Jesus, dead, hanging on a cross. The world stands … Continue reading This Is How It Ends: A Reflection for Good Friday 2021

Famous Last Words: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

If you knew your time was up and you had one last opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for your friends and family, what would you do? What would you say? It's an interesting question to be sure, and one that is probably worth some contemplation. Whatever it is you would choose to say, you'd … Continue reading Famous Last Words: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

Watch Your Heart: A Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week 2021

One of my Lenten disciplines this year was to re-read The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, a work — at times beautiful, at times stultifyingly dull, but always challenging — that records the traditions of the desert monasticism that flourished from the fourth through seventh centuries in Egypt, Arabia, and Palestine. These were people who … Continue reading Watch Your Heart: A Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week 2021