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)

This Hour: A Reflection on Tuesday of Holy Week

There was a great New Yorker cartoon the other day that featured a woman looking down to the empty streets below and saying into her phone, “We’re in the part of the movie that’s usually a montage.” This desire to speed up time and just get through to the other side of this pandemic been … Continue reading This Hour: A Reflection on Tuesday of Holy Week

Crisis: A Reflection on Palm Sunday

We are in a time of crisis. The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health, on our healthcare systems, communities, and economies is going to be immense. We don't know what is going to happen or when this is going to end. The old battle between faith and fear is being waged in all … Continue reading Crisis: A Reflection on Palm Sunday

The Sign of Lazarus: A Reflection on John 11

Well, here in Toronto we've now entered our third week of strong public health measures intended to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our city and healthcare system. And, while it's early days yet, indications suggest that it's starting to work. And thank God for that. And yet, as much as these measures are a … Continue reading The Sign of Lazarus: A Reflection on John 11

God is with us: A reflection on the Annunciation

Today is the feast of the Annunciation, when Christians celebrate Mary's humble acceptance of her big part in God's Big Plan, becoming the mother of Jesus and thereby the Mother of God. But what caught my attention today was one of the assigned readings from the Hebrew Bible, the prophecy of Immanuel: "Therefore the Lord … Continue reading God is with us: A reflection on the Annunciation