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 …

Scripture Commentary for March 18th (Year B)

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FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT FIRST LESSON Jeremiah 31: 31-34 I find this passage of such critical importance to my religion that I keep a permanent bookmark here in my Bible.  At the return of the Jews from Babylonian slavery, Jeremiah announces an individualism that would have been inconceivable to earlier generations.  No longer will children be made to suffer for the sins of their fathers and grandfathers, “but all shall die for their own sins” (31: 30).  God transforms the very nature of covenants, for he establishes a new covenant with every individual, one that frees her/him from dependence upon …

Al Majkrzak’s Homily from March 11, 2018

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Today, the fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday or Rose Sunday in many Christian Churches that have liturgical worship. Laetare, Latin for rejoice and Rose because penitential purple vestments were exchanged for joyful rose  In short this day is in some ways a liturgical half time in Lent; it’s a day that we can remember what the fasting and prayers and almsgiving of Lent are all about; getting ready for Easter and so we rejoice. This day, March 11 is also a perfect day for us to rejoice, because on March 11, 1953 Mother Monica Black, and Sisters …

Scripture Commentary for March 11th (Year B)

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT FIRST READING Numbers 21: 4-9   When I was a hospital medic in World War II, I wore on my sleeve the medical symbol, a snake sort of corkscrewing around a pole representing the healing staff of Mercury, a symbol that brought together the two roots of Western culture, the Jews and the Greeks.  Six hundred years after Moses at the Jerusalem Temple, there was a bronze snake on a pole, thought to be the very one fashioned by Moses.   King Hezekiah, the great reformer, broke it into pieces because it was being worshipped (2 Kings …