February 25, 2018 | Lent is here and the spiritual tasks of this season are clear. It is the season of reflection, repentance and facing the truth within. Most important spiritual journeys begin with a question and a search for an answer. Our reading from Mark’s gospel hits us with a profound question from Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” This is a peak moment in Mark’s narrative about Jesus.
February 18, 2017 | For our first Sunday of Lent we once again face the wilderness. Wilderness, in the Bible, is a vast, empty space where life is harsh if not impossible. We may think of wilderness where Lewis and Clark trekked, across forest, river and mountains of space with little human contact. But the Sinai is more empty, bleak, with almost no visual changes to draw the eye. In this environment, with no other people, or faces, social contacts, law, or status, you have nothing but your “self” (whatever that is) and soon your demons come forth in this solitary place. This is why spiritual seekers go out to empty wilderness. It is to find out what is within. What temptations lurk in the shadows. The quiet voices in the daily background, unconscious yet powerful, become conscious and exposed. Wilderness brings us to a choice.
February 11, 2018 | This week our scriptures invite us to sail into the mystic. All the great religions of the world emerged out of encounters with God, that radically changed the lives of those who encountered the Holy. They were transfigured, and their experiences gave birth to the faith traditions we celebrate today. Transfiguration can come in many ways, both gradual and dramatic, which begs the question, “What is a transfigured life?"
February 4, 2018 | In our reading from Mark’s gospel we find Jesus after a long day of preaching in the synagogue, healing a man who had been possessed by an unclean spirit and who knows what else. As the day comes to a close Jesus, with the disciples, head over to Simon Peter’s house for a warm meal and some time of rest. When they arrive Jesus is quickly directed to Simon’s mother-in-law who is deathly ill with a fever. We read that Jesus, “came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her and she began to serve.”
He lifted her up. Who do we lift up?
Or to look at it another way, when do we need lifting up?