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  • FRIDAY, March 24

    When I was a child, I always received a box of blank thank you notes as a Christmas gift. I didn’t have to finish writing all my notes on Christmas Day, but I did have to begin. It was a good thing to do—to acknowledge what I had seen and received.

    What if we went th....

  • THURSDAY, March 23

    The psalmist has named a truth about my life: I live with a divided heart. My heart is divided between who I am and who I want to be, what I say and what I do, my joys and sorrows, promises made and those broken, my commitments and wanderings, living faithfully and living as if I were self-sufficien....
  • WEDNESDAY, March 22

    When the sun sets and night comes, many people turn on the lights. When my wife and I leave home in the evening, she will say, “Let’s leave on a couple of lights to welcome us home.” At bedtime, my younger son would say, “Dad, leave the hall light on, and crack my door.” Streets and sidewa....
  • TUESDAY, March 21

    Several years ago, I spent a summer participating in a pastoral care internship. As the summer progressed, I realized I was really doing an internship on learning to listen. I came to understand that listening is essential for good pastoral care, but it is also essential to having prayerful, loving,....
  • MONDAY, March 20      Saint Joseph (tr.)

    Growing up isn’t limited to children or a particular age group. Regardless of age, we are all in the process of growing up, and that is hard work. Ultimately, growing up is about running away to our Father’s house.

    Sometimes growing up means leaving our physical or g....

  • SUNDAY, March 19     3 Lent

    The Samaritan woman’s question about living water is not just a question; it is also a confession. She doesn’t have “living water” and doesn’t know where to get it. I know this woman, and I understand her. Maybe you do too.

    I have plunged my thirsty bucket into ....

  • SATURDAY, March 18

    I have a pretty long wish list. I have places I want to go. I have things I want to do. I have dreams I want to come true. I have visions of who I want to be.

    I want.

    I suspect we all have wants. The issue isn’t whether we have wants but rat....

  • FRIDAY, March 17

    One of the things I am learning about myself is that when I literalize the scriptures, theology, or my own life experiences, I am (more often than not) trying to take a short cut. I am avoiding my inner work. Ultimately, I am selling short myself and the life God has entrusted to me.

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  • THURSDAY, March 16

    There is more to doing the law than simply following the rules. When I think of following the rules, I think about being compliant, meeting the minimum requirements established by an authority. I don’t think that is what Paul is talking about when he asks us to be doers of the law.

    ....

  • WEDNESDAY, March 15

    I sometimes need to get up and get going. At times, I have put my life on hold. I’ve pushed the pause button. I’ve filed my life in a folder labeled “Action Pending.”

    These moments mostly happen when I’m waiting for something or someone to change. In those times....

  • TUESDAY, March 14

    One Sunday, years ago, I knelt to pray before the liturgy began, as was my usual practice. I always had something to tell or ask God. This day, however, was different. I had no words. It wasn’t that I had nothing to say—I simply lacked words capable of expressing what was within me. After severa....
  • MONDAY, March 13

    There’s a difference between listening to someone describe a sunset and seeing the colors for yourself, between reading glowing reviews for a great restaurant and eating a meal. There’s also a big difference between hearing about Jesus and hearing Jesus speak directly to our hearts.

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  • SUNDAY, March 12     2 Lent

    Many hear God’s call to Abram as a call to a new place. I wonder if that’s also how we listen for God’s calling in our own lives.

    What is my destination? How do I get there? To where is God calling me?

    Maybe we are starting with the wro....

  • SATURDAY, March 11

    I’m not interested in the debate on the public display of the Ten Commandments, prayer in public schools, or “keeping Christ in Christmas.” I am concerned about whether the Ten Commandments are personally displayed in my life. It’s one thing to post the Ten Commandments on the courthouse law....
  • FRIDAY, March 10

    I wonder what John the Baptist’s disciples are thinking when they hear him talk about becoming less. I can imagine them thinking, “And what are you going to do about it, John? This is a problem.” John only confirms the necessity of what is happening.

    I wonder if Joh....

  • THURSDAY, March 9

    I have come to the conclusion that I don’t rest well. I occasionally take breaks during the day, and I sleep well at night, but I don’t often rest. When I think I am resting, it’s probably not what the author of Hebrews means by rest. My rest is usually a consequence of being sick or worn out,....
  • WEDNESDAY, March 8

    Our friend Nicodemus is in the dark, and the darkness is within him. The darkness is not evil but rather hidden and holy. This is a darkness the mind does not understand. How can these things be?

    Though uncomfortable and disorienting, this darkness is not bad, in f....

  • TUESDAY, March 7

    What if this story of Jesus throwing around tables and chairs is not really about the animals, moneychangers, or anger? What if the animals and moneychangers who have taken over so much real estate in the temple are not the problem but rather symptoms of the problem? What if this gospel lesson from ....
  • MONDAY, March 6

    In our story from John, Mary speaks a truth about our lives, a truth that at some point we all experience: a day comes when the wine gives out. Our glasses will be empty; the party will be over. Life will seem empty and dry—no vibrancy or vitality, nothing growing or fermenting within us.

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  • SUNDAY, March 5     1 Lent

    Temptation has a bad reputation. We are told to avoid and guard against it; we pray not to be led into temptation. Yet today we read about Jesus being tempted by the devil—taunted to make bread from stones, jump off the temple pinnacle, and worship Satan. Two of these invitations to sin begin with....

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