Repenting of Repentance

We need to repent of the word ‘repent.’ Shouted from pulpits and street corners, it’s long been a favorite refrain of fire-and-brimstone preachers hoping to provoke fear-induced conversions. Proclaimed to the faithful, it has long been a pious call to the congregation to enumerate, renounce, and turn from their sins. Painted on billboards and signs, [Read More…]

Don’t Forget to Feast this Lent

Life was merrier when the Christians were still among us, not least because almost every one of their days was the feast of some saint. Little work was done, it seemed, but at least their revelry was infectious. — Iskander the Potter, Birds Without Wings Don’t forget to feast this Lent. In the midst of [Read More…]

Into the Wild: A Lenten Homily Not About Temptation

Lent 1 — Year A — Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Rom. 5:12-19, Matt. 4:1-11 I don’t want to talk about the temptation of Jesus today. Or the temptation of Adam and Eve. In fact, I really don’t want to talk much about temptation at all. Because, to me, Lent isn’t really about temptation and [Read More…]

Caretakers of a Mystery (Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, March 5 I Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Servants are orderly things. Mysteries [Read More…]

Doubt and Suspended Animation (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Thursday, March 1 Mark 2:1-12 “And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; [Read More…]

Bottom of a Well (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Wednesday, February 29 Genesis 37 “Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.” Honestly, [Read More…]

Dismembering the Body of Christ (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, February 27 I Corinthians 1:11-13 “For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers [Read More…]

Contentment, Not Achievement (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Saturday, February 25 Philippians 4:12-13 “I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any [Read More…]

The Subversiveness of Gentleness (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Friday, February 24 Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. In his letter to the Philippians, one of Paul’s instructions to the [Read More…]

I Am Become Death (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. Thursday, February 23 Habakkuk 3:1-18 In Habakkuk, the prophet paints a terrifyingly vivid image of the anger of God. In our world, we too often want to imagine a God whose [Read More…]