From Where I Write
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Second Sunday of Easter as the Solemnity of Divine Mercy
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Water of Life ...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Holy Saturday Mo[u]rning
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Jesus invites YOU...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Bearing Witness to the Peace of Christ
The fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, March 19, falls in Holy Week this year—a poignant reminder of the human cost and prolonged suffering taking place in that country. Five years after the invasion, the spiral of violence unleashed by the war continues to cause tremendous suffering on all sides, including our own military and their families, with no end in sight.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Palm Sunday is here, the day we commemorate liturgically the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The stark juxtaposition of Palm Sunday with Good Friday is clear: the glorious excitement and welcome expressed for Jesus as He arrived versus the dark bleak abandonment and distance of Good Friday. The traditions of today's liturgy are familiar: processions, blessings of palm branches, resonating "Hosannas," and the narrated Gospel reading of Jesus' Passion. Whether marked with traditional hymns accompanied by organ or contemporary songs accompanied by guitar (or any combination the two), the message of today's liturgy calls us to enter into the experience of Holy Week.
But what is really that we, today in the year 2008, that we are called to enter? Certainly we are called spiritually to re-enter the experiences of that first Holy Week and reflect on the enormous love God has for us, the love God has for each one of us, and to experience in a deeper way our personal intimate relationship with Jesus. But I think there's something else that we are called to in a special way this week: to consider, recognize, and embrace the modern day Holy Week that takes place in the world around us.
What are the modern day triumphal entries of Jesus in our lives?
Where is it that we join the crowds is welcoming Jesus in our midst?
Where is it that we sit down at table with Jesus, that we break bread with Him, that we allow Him to feed us, where we share a meal of God-life with others?
Where is it today that Jesus suffers agony in the garden?
Where is it that people/the authorities come to imprison Jesus?
Where is it that we see Jesus betrayed or we ourselves betray Jesus?
Where is it that Jesus is abandoned in his hour of need?
Where is it that Jesus is sentenced to death?
Where is it that Jesus is forced to carry a cross -- and carry it alone?
Where is it that the Veronicas of the world step forward to ease the pain of Jesus?
Where is it that the Simons of the world are obliged to help Jesus?
Where is it that Jesus dies on a cross?
Where is it that the faithful of the faithful -- the Marys, the Johns -- continue to stand with/for Jesus?
Where is it that there is no place for Jesus to be laid to rest after death?
Where is it that the Mother of God weeps for her son who has died, where the Mother of God holds her Son in her arms?
Where is it that the Josephs of Arimithea come forward to provide for Jesus and his Mother in need?
Where is it that Jesus rises among us?
Powerful, pausing, lifetime questions. Yet more remain:
In the story of Jesus' triumph, passion, death, and resurrection, who am I?
Where do I fit in the living gospel of Holy Week today?
As you seek answers to the questions of your own Holy Week path,
may your journey be blessed and grace-filled!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Approaching the Holiest Week of the Year
Saturday, March 08, 2008
International Women's Day