Tag Archives: Holy Week

A Maundy Thursday Prayer

April 17, 2014

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I can feel your broken heart, O Lord, as you watched the fingers reach for food in your final Earthly meal with your disciples. You saw the gulf between them and you. Some banally argued over rank and prestige while one tabulated his silver reward. All missed your foot-washing portrait: Brawls over crowns and garlands are for Gentile leaders and would-be CEO’s and partisan kingpins ruled by the latest opinion polls. Such spats are worse than irrelevant. They’re spiritual tear gas. They blind us to your vision of the self-effacing servant with a towel: The first is last and the last is first.

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Holy Week, 2014: A Time of focused worship

April 16, 2014

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Christians are now remembering those climactic, universe-rattling days, otherwise known as Holy Week. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and reaches its zenith in the three days of the Easter Triduum (the period including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday). It’s a week of focused worship …

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Good Friday, 2011

April 22, 2011

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An Infinite Being confronted with horrible but finite Evil could choose from infinite options. He could sweep Evil and its allies into the fire – and many would cheer until they felt the flame’s heat and met the Being’s glare …

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Thieves in the Temple

April 19, 2011

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I’m hearing whips crack, coins clink, and benches flung against walls. The hawkers and peddlers and venders race for the gate as sheep bleat and doves fly. A furious Messiah is taking his temple back a day after Palm Sunday. He’s not negotiating. As the dust clears, I can’t help but wonder: Are there money-changers in our temples? Even worse, have we become the hucksters? Have I? My answer: Yes to each. There are thieves in our temple, and I’ve been one of them.

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My Good Friday

April 9, 2010

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I once swam in liquid darkness.

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