Tag Archive: Easter

Apr 17 2015

On peace with us.

We are uncertain. Much of the time we are afraid. We endure pain and grieve, mourning for lives unlived. We huddle in rooms that feel safe with our loved ones, and there we thread through our fingers the most precious of our memories and the most fragile of questions. Sometimes we are desperate, sometimes hopeful. …

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Mar 18 2015

On the Lent of life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. — Proverbs 3:5-6 These are not easy times. Every day we open our eyes to a world of bad news, a struggle for survival, and apocalyptic expectations. Mid-century-style Stalinism is taking over Russia, the Seventh Century is taking over the …

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Nov 04 2014

On serpent and the cross. Part II.

Continued from “On serpent and the cross. Part I.” You must admit, one can hardly keep from eisegesis when one is a Christian holding Numbers 21. “Eisegesis” is reading meaning into the text rather than out of it. The authors of the bronze serpent story didn’t have the Christ in mind, but we discern the …

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Mar 16 2014

On Transfiguration and the quiet room.

This Sunday, we heard the gospel of Transfiguration. It is a beautiful story, rich in imagery and meaning: onto a high mountain—Mt. Tabor, most scholars believe—Jesus takes with him Peter, James, and John. And then… There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the …

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Mar 25 2013

On the fluttering heart of the Triduum.

The piece to follow was written almost exactly one liturgical year ago: on Holy Saturday, 2012. I was alone that Triduum, a year ago. I have been essentially alone for every Christian holiday since Christian holidays began to mean something to me beyond the turning over of social calendars and subjects of scholarly study — except …

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