April 16, 2017 | On Easter Sunday we open ourselves to the kind of joy and celebration that comes out of darkness and fear. For Easter is the quintessential narrative of this type of hope. Easter reminds everyone that God’s power working through us can do so much more than we can ever ask or even imagine. Together in community with other Christians, we are part of something so much bigger than any one of us individually, something much more powerful, full of so much wonder, possibility and, yes, hope.
April 9, 2017 | The beginning of Holy Week, a week that what we see is not what we get. Just when we think the story is going to turn out one way, we are surprised by a different ending. Jerusalem was a big city with respect to Israel. The impromptu crowd of people accompanying Jesus along what became a parade route was the typical crowd of Galileans who were coming to Jerusalem for the celebration of the Passover. But Matthew tells us from our reading this week that, “When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking ‘Who is this?’” Let us go to Jerusalem with the crowds and join the parade.
April 2, 2017 | Here we are two weeks before Good Friday’s dying and Easter rising and we have the story of Lazarus, a man beloved by his sisters, and by Jesus. As with many of the scripture passages, we can assume that this is a story about ourselves as well. And our story begins with the threat of loss. But it prompts the question: what happens when we face loss? How do we handle it? A question we explore this week as we continue our journey towards Jerusalem.