Apr 19

Out of the Sheepfold with the Good Shepherd

Alleluia! We are in the midst of Eastertide, the season of Easter, fifty days from Easter to Pentecost. Other than Ordinary Time, Eastertide is the longest season of the church year, longer than Advent, longer than Epiphany, longer than Lent. So often we treat Easter like a single day, a one-day holiday before it’s back to life as usual. But Eastertide, the season of Easter, draws us each Sunday to celebrate with joy the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Risen Christ is among us! Alleluia! Continue reading

Apr 11

The Two Ways

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! He has appeared, to Mary Magdalene in the garden, to Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, to the Eleven in the Upper Room, to Thomas a week later. Jesus has appeared; Jesus is risen from the dead! Earth-shattering news: the world is different now; everything has changed! Nothing can be the same again—nothing! My Lord, and my God! Continue reading

Oct 26

Blind Bart

Poor blind Bart! Sitting on the side of a road, a busy highway, the road from Jericho to Jerusalem. Waiting just outside the city. Waiting for generous travelers who might throw a couple coins or maybe some stale bread his way. Enduring the quiet—and surely sometimes not so quiet—verbal abuse all beggars must endure: What’s wrong with that man, mommy?! Why is he just sitting there? Hush, honey, some people just can’t help it. Hmph! He probably brought it on himself. Continue reading

Jul 27

A Question of We

Jesus does not ask many questions in the gospels. And every time Jesus does ask a question, there’s something breathtaking going on. I have a feeling many of us could identify a story from the gospels just by the questions Jesus asks: Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? Who do people say that I am? Who you say that I am? Where is your husband? Whose image is on this coin? Who was the neighbor to the man? Have you become to betray the Son of Man with a kiss? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Have you still no faith? Continue reading

Jul 20

Not A Model for Ministry

I hope all of us have the passionate enthusiasm for Jesus shown by the crowds in this morning’s gospel lesson. Jesus is here! Run to him! Race ahead of him to the other side of the lake! Don’t let him get away from you! He has what you need! He is what you need! Flee to him, and discover his healing touch, his mercy, his grace, and his compassion. Continue reading