Sunday, April 21, 2013 — Easter 4 C — Acts 9:36-43
Did you ever feel like your family needs a miracle? Do ever feel so desperate and doomed that you need someone or something to reverse the inevitable? I remember some years ago when I received a panicked phone call from one of my brothers frantically reporting that he had just rushed his wife to the hospital . . . with a brain tumor. He said to me with sense of desperation in his voice, “We need a miracle!”
→ Continue reading Do You Believe in Miracles?
Sunday, April 14, 2013 — Easter 3C — John 21:1-19
Peter may have been the foremost of Jesus’ 12 disciples but when his moment came to shine, he blew it. He committed an error of historic proportions. Remember when he stood before a charcoal fire outside the courtroom the night when Jesus was on trial. A servant girl recognized him as one of Jesus’ followers. It would have been just the right time for Peter to stand up and speak out. He could have shined like he did that day at Caesarea Philippi when he boldly confessed that Jesus was the messiah, the Son of God. He could have stepped forward and defended his master, but Peter denied knowing Jesus. In fact, he denied knowing Jesus three times.
→ Continue reading Two Charcoal Fires
Sunday, April 7, 2013 — Easter 2 C — John 20:19-31
The truth is that no one actually saw Jesus rise from the dead. The New Testament does not report a single eyewitness account of the resurrection. Instead, the New Testament offers various reports of an empty tomb and several accounts of those to whom the risen Christ revealed himself after his resurrection. In each one of those “resurrection appearances” the witnesses needed to be convinced that what they were seeing was actually Jesus raised from the dead. When Mary Magdalene first met the risen Jesus outside the tomb, she didn’t recognize him. She thought he was the gardener. It was not until she heard the sound of his familiar voice speak her name that she realized that the one talking to her was not the gardener but Jesus. He was alive, risen from the dead!
→ Continue reading What About the Wounds?
Sunday, March 31, 2013 — The Resurrection of Our Lord - Easter Day — Luke 24:1-12
The women had hoped that things would be different. Jesus had generated so many hopes and dreams. But all of that came to a grinding and screeching halt with His death. The promise of a new kind of life and a new kind of world was now broken and shattered like all the other broken promises that litter the human landscape. It was back to business as usual. “On the first day of the week” they went back to a world which they had once hoped would be different but now sadly and obviously was not. It was another day and another week in a world where only the rich and powerful keep their promises and all they promise is to do is impose their will on the rest of us. The women went to tomb to complete the rituals of death and finish their grieving. Like all of us, they have resigned themselves to living in a world where promises are continually broken, where dreams are constantly disappointed, where hopes always seem to become illusions and where finally all you just want to do is go off and cry.
→ Continue reading Remember How He Told You
Thursday, March 28, 2013 — Maundy Thursday — I Corinthians 11:23-26 / John 13:1-17. 31b-35
I remember as a child being utterly confused by this day in the middle of Holy Week. I thought it was called “Monday Thursday.” That was odd. It sounded like it was two different days at once, Monday and Thursday. Later I figured out that I had it wrong. It was something altogether different. It was MAUNDY Thursday.
→ Continue reading Monday….. Thursday?
Page 23 of 75 pages ‹ First < 21 22 23 24 25 > Last ›