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The desolation of death

*Easter Eve: John 19:38-42* Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby, they laid […]

Last lessons: Love

*Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42* And again another passage of Scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 19:37 Saving love is costly. People humiliate us; they try to rob us of our dignity, to strip us bare; they make it their mission to alienate us, destroy […]

Fasting by feasting

*** a sermon for Ash Wednesday based on Isaiah 58:1-9 and John 60:30-35, 41*** Today is the beginning of Lent – a 4o day period of repentance and fasting as we prepare for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection in which we focus on […]

The final word

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. ~ John 19:30 It is finished. We’re over. I’m done. Goodbye. Endings bring to most of us a tumult of emotions: sometimes a deep sense of relief and […]