Easter Joy Follows Good Friday Grief

Our ‘Easter Moment’ means working through grief, fear, doubt 1When the abbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus’ body]. 2And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3They had been […]

Maundy Thursday command: Love and Serve


Maundy Thursday story gives us our job description 1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart […]

God wants to restore us


Jesus’ healing restores us to ourselves, each other When I was in seminary, the comment that I saw most often, in red pencil in the columns of the papers I wrote for my class for study of the Hebrew scriptures was: “Get out of the 20th century!” Today’s text: Mark 1:29-31 – Jesus heals Simon’s […]