Posted in April 2011

Don’t Be Afraid!

On Easter morning, when the women left the tomb after having spoken with the Angel, they encountered the risen Jesus. His first words to them were, “Don’t be afraid.” Perhaps someone should count all the times recorded in the Bible where we are told, “Don’t be afraid.” Over and over, when the unusual is encountered, … Continue reading

Christ Is Risen!

Bible Reading: Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance … Continue reading

Saturday of Holy Week

Bible Reading: Matthew 27:57-66 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean … Continue reading

Thursday of Holy Week

Bible Reading: Matthew 27:1-31 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor. When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought … Continue reading

Reflections for Holy Week

Monday of Holy Week (the week before Easter) Bible Reading: Matthew 26:1-16 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of … Continue reading

Time to Wander

A traditional metaphor for the time of Lent is “wandering in the desert”.  In real life, wandering in the desert forces us to focus on the most basic physical needs.  The search for water, shelter and food drives every other thought from the mind.  There is no such thing as a trivial distraction in the … Continue reading