Leora Weitzman’s Homily from Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

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Easter • 4/1/18 • Acts 10:34-43; 1 Cor 15:1-11; Jn 20:1-18 • Leora Weitzman Part of being human is the experience of feeling abandoned… times when everything seems to be falling apart, projects, relationships, health, home, the whole world–maybe even all at once.   What used to work doesn’t any more, nor does anything else.  Once-reliable methods, routines, institutions, beliefs, even people no longer deliver as they used to.  There’s frustration… loss… disorientation. This is a time of great creative potential, because the old perspectives are losing their grip, ultimately making room for new ways of seeing and doing.  But it …

April phenology

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By Sylvia Marek Phenology is a science focused on observing and recording biological events from year to year and their relationships to the change of seasons and climate. These are the “normal” phenology events we expect to see here and in the Madison area this month. We would love to hear about what you are seeing on the grounds of Holy Wisdom Monastery. Please comment on this post with what you are observing, where at Holy Wisdom and the date you observed the event. No month ends or begins overnight. Events can be a few weeks early or late. General …

Libby Caes’ Homily from Easter Vigil, March 31, 2018

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Easter Vigil 2018 “Living in the mystery” Genesis 1:1-2:4a, Genesis 17:15-22, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8   Tonight we are encased in mystery. Symbols of this mystery are everywhere. The darkness and the silence. The absence of the cross. The Easter fire and the Easter candle and the light we have shared. The baptismal font and Eucharist. The Exultant and the alleluias And creation itself, the full moon. These symbols are not ends in themselves, but mirror something much greater.   The mystery that envelopes us is not like a story written by your favorite mystery author. It is …

Lynne Smith’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

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Good Friday Reflection                                                                               March 30, 2018 John 19: 16b-30 “It is finished.” What exactly is finished? Samuel Wells of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, London, in an essay, “Preaching Crucifixion,” (in Journal for Preachers, Vol. XXXIX No. 3 Easter 2016, pp. 2-6) guides my thoughts for this reflection. Jesus’ life and ministry are finished and the reconciliation of God and creation is finished. Wells suggest our misconceptions of who Jesus are also finished. Finished is the image of Jesus as a conquering hero. Gone are any hopes that Jesus will use his power to rout the Romans and set up his reign. Destroyed is …

Patti La Cross’ Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

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Peter, Peter. He was the first of those to be called, with his brother Andrew dropping his fishing nets and lumbering into discipleship. Peter is named in the Gospels nearly 200 times – far more than any of the apostles. Readers of the New Testament bump into him constantly. What’s not to admire? Maybe just because I am a middle child, I admit to being irritated by this annoying brother who has to be first. He first in blurting out acknowledgement of Jesus as the Messiah – And then immediately presumed to have a better idea for how that should …

Terry Larson’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

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Good Friday Meditation March 30, 2018 John 18: 1-11 Remember?  It happened on one of the best days of his life, a really good day. It was the day he was baptized by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water to hear the voice and see the Spirit descending upon him like a dove than it turned into something more like a hawk that drove him, not lead him, but drove him into the wilderness.  The wilderness…a place he did not choose, where he was not in control of circumstances and where there, in that barren, …

David McKee’s Homily from Good Friday, March 30, 2018

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GOOD FRIDAY March 30, 2018 John 18:28-40     The Quakers have a well known saying:  Speak truth to power.   As I pondered John’s version of the encounter between Pilate and Jesus, this saying kept coming to mind.  Here is Jesus, facing the most powerful person in Jerusalem–a man known to be brutal in his dealings with the local population; a man who ordered executions on a daily basis.  Here is Jesus facing this powerful man and refusing to be drawn into a debate.  Instead, he answers Pilate’s first question with a question, like any good rabbi would do.  As …

New books in the library—April 2018

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Enrich your mind and spirit—visit the monastery library! April 2018   Put the chocolate Easter eggs aside, if you haven’t polished them off already, and come enjoy spring at the Monastery. Attend daily prayer, stroll the nature trails, visit the library and do some browsing. We hope to see you soon.   The monastery library recently added the following books to its collection:   Posa, Carmel. A Not-So-Unexciting Life.  Collegeville, MN: Cistercian Publications, 2017. Laffey, Alice.  Ruth.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Kiel, Micah.  Apocalyptic Ecology.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Nowell, Irene.  Wisdom.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017. Merton, …

Scripture Commentary for Palm Sunday (Year B)

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PALM SUNDAY FIRST READING Isaiah 50: 4-9a Our reading is one of several passages in Second Isaiah (Chapters 40-54) about the “Suffering Servant.”  Because he attempts to teach God’s word, the Servant is turned upon, cast out, beaten, spit upon (especially Chapter 53).  When one looks at the context of these passages, he can have no doubt that their slavery at Babylon and preserved the religion.  However, most Christians over the centuries, taking the entire OT as prophetic of Christ, have seen the Servant as representing Jesus.  There is justification for such an interpretation in 53: 12:  “…he poured out …

We are the Body of Christ

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One of the experiences that profoundly shaped my life as a sister at Holy Wisdom Monastery was the listening sessions we held in October of 2005 with members of Sunday Assembly to hear your input and concerns about the future of Sunday Assembly. The issue we were grappling with was how we would conduct Sunday worship as an ecumenical community. The sisters had discussed this matter for several years with our Ecumenical board. We laid several options on the table. Each sister could go to her own denominational church. We could go as a group to churches of various denominations …