The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections Third Sunday in Lent March 23, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 (4:5-15, 27-38) We all need living waters. We need spiritual and relational resources that refresh and transform our lives. God is willing to give us what we need for spiritual transformation in challenging times; we need to open [Read More...]

In the Spirit of St. Patrick

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The Celts were adventurers.  They sailed off into unknown lands, sometimes sailing without a rudder, trusting that God would bring them to their place of resurrection, their place of wholeness and vocation.  Each day was seen as adventure, filled with danger and possibility.  So, Celtic travelers often drew a circle around themselves as they began [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for the Second Sunday in Lent: March 16, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday in Lent  March 16, 2014 Genesis 12:1-9 (RCL, Genesis 12:1-4a) Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5 John 3:1-13, 16-17 (RCL, John 3:1-17) Sometimes the Revised Common Lectionary gives readings that are too brief to cover the theme. Other times, the Revised Common Lectionary suggests readings that cover too much ground or [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday in Lent – March 9, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the First Sunday in Lent  March 9, 2014 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 (preferred reading, Genesis 2:15-3:7) Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 We begin our Journey into Lent with the affirmation that God’s grace is greater than our sin. The story of Adam and Eve, the primordial legend of humankind’s evolution, begins with [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: Beauty and Mortality

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Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. Over the past year, several of my friends have been diagnosed with life-threatening cancers.  One of my closest friends, with whom I have journeyed and grown for over forty years, recently died brain cancer. Just a week ago, my mother-in-law passed away at 96. I have led seven memorial [Read More...]

Living the Jesus Prayer: On Norris Chumley’s “Be Still and Know”

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A little over six years ago, my son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. I was devastated and initially feared for his life. My wife and I dropped everything and returned to Washington DC to accompany him and his wife of just three months while he was in the hospital receiving his first [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Transfiguration Sunday – March 2, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Transfiguration Sunday Sunday, March 2, 2014 Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 or Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9, 14-21 Experiencing the glory of God transforms everything.  The energy of the Big Bang streams forth from Jesus. Moses is enveloped in divine light. Divine energy and the power of God are not neutral: [Read More...]


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