Category Archives: The Cross of Christ

More on Mary’s cry

The cry for justice, for the setting right of the world is deep in the scriptures.  Israel’s faith is born in the cry of the people in bondage and anchored again in the cry of despair at the destruction of … Continue reading

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Why?!

To whom does Mary’s cry arise?  Is it to God she desperately pleas?  Does her grief pour out upon the soldiers who slew her son?  Is she shaming the Jerusalem leaders who rid themselves of this troublesome peasant by condemning … Continue reading

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Lamb of God

A reflection on the death of Jesus, Good Friday, 2017 A liturgical chant from my childhood has been rattling through my mind the last few days: “O Christ, thou lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, … Continue reading

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From death into life

There is power in the crackle of a fire. There is drama in a single candle in the dark. Continue reading

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Purple

Next Wednesday, March 1, we begin again our Lenten journey, a season shaped by the purple robe placed around Jesus when he was shamed and tortured by his guards. They were taunting him for those whispers and cries that he … Continue reading

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He has not despised

We have two instinctive reactions to great affliction: one is to stare, the other to turn away. God has not turned away. Continue reading

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Gaudete

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” It doesn’t say the Word became a darling human baby. It says the Word entered this strange world as a helpless infant, becoming a noble adult, then a broken, tortured man stumbling towards his death. Continue reading

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