The Lazarus Problem: A Reflection for Monday of Holy Week 2021

In yesterday's reflection for Palm Sunday, I wrote about how the crowd's false expectations about Jesus blinded them to what he was telling them about who he was. Today, on Monday of Holy Week, I'd like to pick up on a similar thread from today's Gospel: If the crowds could not see Jesus as he … Continue reading The Lazarus Problem: A Reflection for Monday of Holy Week 2021

A Case of Mistaken Identity: A Reflection for Palm Sunday 2021

There's a longstanding joke (of sorts) in Christian circles that the Gospels are essentially passion stories with extended prologues: Close to forty per cent of the Gospel according to Mark covers the week between Palm Sunday and Easter morning. As Jesus' earthly life nears its end, events speed up, and the narrative slows down accordingly. … Continue reading A Case of Mistaken Identity: A Reflection for Palm Sunday 2021

Today, We Grieve (A Reflection on Holy Saturday)

Today we grieve. Today we wail, scream, pound our fists and rend our garments. Today we sit in silence and let the tears flow. Today we make dinner and sweep the floor. Today we grieve. Yesterday's drama — conspiracies of convenience, trials before kangaroo courts, crowds screaming for the other guy to be released in … Continue reading Today, We Grieve (A Reflection on Holy Saturday)

Act of Death, Act of Life: A Reflection on Good Friday

Well, friends, here we stand, at the foot of the cross. The crisis between the authorities and Jesus, between might and right, has been resolved, with the way of goodness, truth, honesty and love, crushed once again. As it too often seems to be in our world. There is still hope, of course. The sign … Continue reading Act of Death, Act of Life: A Reflection on Good Friday

Stripped Bare: A Reflection on Maundy Thursday

The Holy Week tradition that is the most meaningful for me is the stripping of the altar and sanctuary of the church at the end of the liturgy on Maundy* Thursday. As the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and Psalm 22 are read, anything that can be carried out of the worship … Continue reading Stripped Bare: A Reflection on Maundy Thursday