The idea that one could take a garment, or a person, wash them in blood, and have them come out clean says to me that these are people who have suffered and lost, who have been immersed in suffering, who have had pain stick to them like dried blood; and yet, they have come though the other side of suffering clean and dry, their robes made white, their pain relieved.
To the cynical, the distracted, the bored, Jesus commands: Ephphata… Be opened! Open your hearts. Open your minds. Open your senses. Open your will to believe.
the martyr’s wheel rises
the break beatified
by a fragrant halo
silvery traces of the soul’s flight
Apparently, those of us who found a seat in our place of worship yesterday were lucky. Solomon’s temple didn’t even have room for the priests! Here’s what took up all the space.
What “gift that is in you” might be a bit neglected, buried in the grass in the flowerbed that is your life, and how can it re-emerge to be a part of the church in the world? What is your stake in the world, where grace calls you to be more fully present?
Reading from the Commemoration of John Bunyan ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to…
Judas is our beloved, part of the Body of Christ. Judas is right here with us, in those we love most, and in ourselves as well. The Body of Christ includes the betrayer. What do we make of that fact? What do we allow it to teach us?
The woman with the alabaster jar “wasted” her precious ointment. The companions of Jesus wanted her to exchange it for its cash value. What will we waste today so that we can know its true worth to Christ?
In his classic short story “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” Oscar Wilde grotesquely illustrates Christ’s final point in this gospel: There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.
If you woke up with a stiff neck this morning, then today’s reflection is for you. Jacob spent the night on a pillow made of stone, but he still woke up to a whole new sense of God’s presence.
Some in the crowd now wonder if they haven’t been following a madman rather than a prophet, a healer, a miracle-worker. Just like that, his sayings HAVE proven too hard for some of his followers.
We cannot operate out of fear, but neither can we operate out of complacency. When Jesus comes back he is not going to compliment the pretty stones and monuments, the nice gated communities, the well-run businesses, and the lavish lifestyles of many of his followers.
The story of Paul’s journey through a justice system reminds us how dangerous “favors” can be.
in every nanosecond in which I am carried away by fear or anger there is the possibility of realizing that God is right there tugging on the leash, inviting me to disengage and take a breath. It’s up to me to become aware.
You probably didn’t need an invitation to take a break from politics, but today’s gospel gives us one anyway.