Alleluia!

“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.” Matthew 28:5-6 It’s Holy Saturday and Easter’s Eve. Still, I find myself reluctant to move beyond Jesus’ passion and death to celebrate his resurrection. At Lent’s onset, I promised … Continue reading

No Greater Love…

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” John 19:26-27 When I traveled to Israel, I saw examples of the whips used for scourging. Most men couldn’t tolerate the pain of even ten strikes … Continue reading

Beloved Servants

He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. John 13:4-5 Amazing, isn’t it? Jesus knew all that was in store for him, yet he persisted. The rumblings among the people … Continue reading

Forgiven, No Matter What!

“What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” From Matthew 26:14-25 When I was a child, I learned to cal this day Spy Wednesday. I was taught that Judas struck a deal with the high priests and arranged Jesus’ betrayal on the Wednesday before Passover. Of course, the timing … Continue reading

Saying Good-Bye

“My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.” John 13:33 Though my husband retired from his work as a hospice chaplain, he continued to visit a few of his former patients and the spouses of a few others for several years afterward. The loss of the last of Mike’s hospice friends … Continue reading

Be There For Him

“You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” John 12:8 An unexpected “invitation” to babysit for our granddaughters urged me to organize and to prioritize in short order. After adjusting my schedule and completing another of the tasks at hand, I sat to relax at our kitchen table. Though … Continue reading