Blue Mass for First Responders

Today’s readings: Daniel 3:25, Daniel 3:34-43 | Romans 8:31-39 | Mark 4:35-41 “Why are you terrified?  Do you not yet have faith?” I can remember during my seminary formation, one of the most terrifying days of my life was during my third year of Theology formation.  That year, I had agreed to serve as a fire chaplain… Continue reading Blue Mass for First Responders

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Today’s readings Considering all that we have been through since Lent began, it seems in some ways like time has stood still.  I saw a meme on Facebook that said “2020 is a unique leap year.  It had 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and 5 years in April.”  Sheltered in place, and fearing a mysterious… Continue reading The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night

Tuesday of Holy Week

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading always leaves me with a chill running down my spine.  Those four words: “And it was night” grab me every time.  These are the words that come just after Judas takes the morsel and leaves the gathering.  But let’s be clear: the evangelist didn’t include those words to tell us what time it… Continue reading Tuesday of Holy Week

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Today’s readings And so it begins.  We who have been keeping Lent these forty days are coming to Lent’s fulfillment.  We know it’s been a most interesting and, well, different Lent.  I mean, that’s about the best we can say of it, right?  I keep thinking back to Ash Wednesday with the throngs of crowds who came in and out of… Continue reading Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Reading: Matthew 14:22-33 Why did you doubt? This is one of those Saint Peter stories in the Gospel that sometimes causes preachers to give Saint Peter a hard time about his “little faith.”  I think Saint Peter displayed great faith here, although with an admittedly somewhat-rocky execution.  And I think this wonderful little story – one of… Continue reading Holy Hour: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings This illness is not to end in death,but is for the glory of God,that the Son of God may be glorified through it. As I’ve been praying during this COVID-19 crisis, I’ve been struck by two things.  First is that God, who never sets in motion the evil that happens to us (including this… Continue reading The Fifth Sunday of Lent