Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Today’s readings Today’s two readings remind us of what Lent is all about.  During Lent, we remember that our Lord, who came down from heaven to earth to save us from our sins and re-connect us with the love of God, our Lord paid the price for our many sins by laying down his own… Continue reading Friday of the Second Week of Lent (School Mass)

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” That’s advice I wish I’d taken sometimes when I’ve been coming down with something and think, “oh, it’ll pass.”  The sick need a physician!  How often have we had what we thought was a little cold or seasonal illness end up being… Continue reading Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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

Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Today we begin something really important.  And I don’t mean just the smudging of our foreheads with the ashes of burnt palms.  That’s just an outward sign.  What I mean is the inward activity those ashes represent, what our collect prayer today calls “this campaign of Christian service.”  This time of Lent is so important to us… Continue reading Ash Wednesday

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent / Saint Patrick

Today’s readings I used to be upset that Saint Patrick’s Day always happened during Lent.  I’d have to postpone the celebration of my favorite saint until Sunday, especially if it fell on a Friday, because we just didn’t have corned beef on Friday, you know.  But as I’ve grown older, I appreciate that Saint Patrick’s… Continue reading Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent / Saint Patrick

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Today’s readings Traditionally, today is Laetare Sunday – laetare being Latin for “rejoice.” Sometimes this Sunday is celebrated by the wearing of rose-colored vestments, rather than the Lenten violet.  Laetare Sunday reminds us that even in the “heaviness” of Lent, there is reason for rejoicing.  And today’s readings do deal with some heavy topics, but clearly and always through the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Today’s readings I’m going to say something that is probably going to make you think I’m wrong. And that is that the great sin of the rich man was not the sin of neglecting poor Lazarus. Sure, that was certainly bad, but his greatest sin, I think, was that he trusted in himself instead of… Continue reading Thursday of the Second Week of Lent: Letting Go of Passing Things

Friday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings The prophets of the Old Testament were always pretty clear about the fact that God was sick and tired of people trying to claim righteousness but not really being righteous. The idea of keeping the letter but not the spirit of the Law, of fasting and praying with the express idea of getting… Continue reading Friday after Ash Wednesday

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s readings The readings for these early days of Lent have been teaching us how to accomplish the various disciplines of Lent – which really are the various disciplines of the spiritual life.  Today’s discipline then, I think, would be persistence in prayer.  In the first reading, we have Queen Esther, who is really between… Continue reading Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s readings Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim because it… Continue reading Thursday after Ash Wednesday