Ash Wednesday: Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

For a while, us Baby Boomers lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old. We hoped that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired our spiritual adventures in the 60s and 70s would continue on into our 60s and 70s and bring us similar medications to prolong the fountain of youth. But alas, Baby Boomers, too, are discovering their [Read More…]

Living a Holy Week

Holy Week is a lifetime in miniature. It goes from celebration to conflict, betrayal, suspense, and then back to a celebration that lasts a lifetime. As the commercial says, “life comes at you fast,” and so does Holy Week. We almost need a month to let the events of Holy Week sink in spiritually and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Palm Sunday – April 13, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for Palm Sunday April 13, 2014 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11 This year, we’re celebrating Palm Sunday at my church, South Congregational (UCC) in Centerville, MA, on Cape Cod.  No passion readings; just celebration with a hint of what is to come later in the week with the final hymn, “Were [Read More…]

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

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…]

Ash Wednesday: Beauty and Mortality

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…]

Practicing a Progressive Lent: Simplicity and Celebration

I don’t go in very much for penitence. I don’t focus much on sin; its reality is much too obvious and frankly most people emphasize small lapses, too often feeling guilty about small peccadillos, rather than concentrating on the social evils that daily destroy families, lead to violence in schools, and contribute to planetary climate [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Lent 2

The Adventurous Lectionary – Second Sunday in Lent (March 4, 2012) Readings: Genesis 17:1-7; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 Today’s scriptures join sacrifice, simplicity, and solidarity.  The solidarity of revelation – which is always energetic and supportive as well as illuminating – enables us to let goof our egos and our claims on the many [Read More…]