Pathways Through Lent, our annual series of devotions, is a companion in the deeply spiritual time of Lent. Parishioners contribute to this series by writing reflection, sometimes based upon the day’s readings from the Daily Office, and often drawing from their lives’ experiences.
When confronting a challenge, making it to the halfway point can be both a relief and a rallying cry: “Whew, that’s behind me.” “I’ve made it this far, I can make it the rest of the way!” The greatest challenge of Lent, however, can.
When thinking back on my time spent in the Holy Land during the St. John’s Pilgrimage, perhaps the most poignant day was our journey to the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by Satan, followed by our visit to the Church of the Annunciation.
Listen, my people, to my teaching; tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a proverb. I’ll declare riddles from days long gone— ones that we’ve heard and learned about, ones that our ancestors told us..
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24).
Two things come to mind in reading the story of Naaman, the great Syrian military officer who suffered from leprosy. One is the importance of listening to good advice that comes even from the meekest, humblest voice. The other is how easy it is.
In Luke 13:1-9, Jesus tells the story of a barren fig tree and also asks the question of whether one sin is worse than another depending on the outcome of one’s punishment. The two tales themselves don’t seem necessarily linked at first, but by.
Where would I go to consider “the depths of the sea?” Natural places such as the rocky headlands of Acadia National Park, the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, or the precipitous Pacific Coast Highway immediately come to mind. The vast expanse of ocean visible.
Our Lenten readings today point in the direction of unexpected consequences. The Genesis story describes Joseph being sold into slavery, but the Psalm response says this catastrophe resulted in Joseph’s becoming master in his household in Egypt. He was put in a position to.
Luke tells us the story of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar asking for scraps off his table. When the two die, the situation reverses. Lazarus is at Abraham’s side. The rich man, in contrast, finds himself in hell begging that Lazarus give.
Two of the readings for today include excerpts from the Book of Psalms and the Matthew’s Gospel that foretell of distress. Jesus, for the third time, talks with the disciples about the ultimate betrayal and death that awaits him in Jerusalem. It’s interesting to.