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  • MONDAY, April 24

    Our parish had the marvelous experience of hosting a volume of the Saint John’s Bible for a year. This Bible is the first hand-scripted, hand-illuminated manuscript of the Bible produced by a Benedictine monastery in over five hundred years. We used a volume of the Bible—Gospels & Acts—as part....
  • SUNDAY, April 23      2 Easter

    Our son gently informed us that he no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny. He said he did, though, still believe in Jesus. We had a great discussion about asking questions—about faith and doubt. We talked about Thomas the disciple and about the ways doubt and peopl....
  • SUNDAY, April 23      2 Easter

    Our son gently informed us that he no longer believed in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny. He said he did, though, still believe in Jesus. We had a great discussion about asking questions—about faith and doubt. We talked about Thomas the disciple and about the ways doubt and peopl....
  • SATURDAY, April 22      Saturday in Easter Week

    The word “proclaim” is rooted in the Latin proclamare, meaning “to cry out.” We are commanded in the scriptures to proclaim the good news of Christ everywhere, throughout the entire world.

    Why do we proclaim our love of a professional sports athlete, fried....

  • FRIDAY, April 21      Friday in Easter Week

    In the gospels, particularly in John’s Gospel, our relationship with Jesus is often explored through metaphors of nourishment. Jesus nourishes our lives as the bread, the way, the truth, the gate, the vine. The disciples recognize Jesus at the lakeshore in his resurrected form partly because he fe....
  • THURSDAY, April 20      Thursday in Easter Week

    One of the gifts of living in Colorado is having access to wilderness preserves—areas that still feel wild, places where we can escape from noise and light pollution. We recently took our son camping. It was wonderful to share time as a family, cooking over the camp stove, witnessing the twilight ....
  • WEDNESDAY, April 19      Wednesday in Easter Week

    One Easter over a decade ago, I was nowhere near a church. There was no Christian community in my town—no people with whom I could celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. I found myself walking alongside a river near the border between Thailand and Burma, lonely and homesick. A family by the river motion....
  • TUESDAY, April 18      Tuesday in Easter Week

    Perhaps you have been in a crowded room, a high school gym, a parade, a subway car, or shopping mall when you have suddenly heard your name. I have run into acquaintances and friends and actually not heard them as they called out, “Hey, Elizabeth Marie, over here!” trying to catch my attention. ....
  • MONDAY, April 17      Monday in Easter Week

    Think back to the first major global event you remember. For me, it was the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. I remember wondering why my parents were crying and feeling very sad for the children who had lost their schoolteacher.

    Others may recall the fall ....

  • SUNDAY, April 16      Easter Sunday

    Today we rejoice in the glorious news that Jesus has been raised from the dead—that indeed he is no longer in the tomb. We celebrate the amazing and breathtaking announcement that Jesus has gone ahead of us to Galilee. This news of motion, this powerful movement of Jesus leaving the tomb and the a....
  • SATURDAY, April 15      Holy Saturday

    What a gift that Joseph of Arimathea, a Pharisee, offers to Jesus, to the people who love Jesus, to God! He takes Jesus’ broken body, prepares it reverently, and lays it in the tomb, the very space in the rock that was intended as Joseph’s own resting place. This act of daring boldness, deep fai....
  • FRIDAY, April 14      Good Friday

    Good Friday is a stark space in time. The altar is stripped, candles are extinguished—deep darkness and emptiness can be overwhelming. We can enter into suffering, abandonment, and desperation because we know Jesus has gone to these hard places already.

    The psalm appoi....

  • THURSDAY, April 13      Maundy Thursday

    I was surprised by how dirty feet could get in Thailand. Yet the students at the seminary where I taught had never celebrated a foot-washing liturgy for Maundy Thursday.

    The foot washings held in my previous parishes were highly sanitized affairs with only a few brave pa....

  • WEDNESDAY, April 12      Wednesday in Holy Week

    The great cloud of witnesses is very real for me. Whether it is cold and snowy, rainy with crocuses pushing through the grass, brisk with aspen leaves turning golden, or the hot still of summer, every time I walk into church I am distinctly aware of being surrounded by them.

  • TUESDAY, April 11      Tuesday in Holy Week

    At the end of our Sunday evening service, a young man asked me, “So who is this Jesus guy?” Who, indeed, is this Jesus? This man had wandered into the open doors of the church, drawn in by the fragrance of incense, the rise and fall of music, the beckoning of Mystery. He asked me a question that....
  • MONDAY, April 10      Monday in Holy Week

    We are all invited to seek a place of safety in the shadow of God’s wings. For so many people, refuge is respite from disorienting and disordered elements of daily life that leave us wondering which end is up, if we are really okay, if everything is really going to work out. For refugees of war, p....
  • SUNDAY, April 9      Palm Sunday: The Sunday of the Passion

    Two of Jesus’ disciples are sent to borrow the animals on which the savior of the world would ride into Jerusalem. Imagine being the owner of these animals. How would you respond? What do you think of the disciples’ simple explanation that the Lord needs them? These are your animals, and no one ....
  • SATURDAY, April 8

    When we moved to Denver, our son joined a Sunday School class guided by Godly Play. This Christian formation method for children uses a Montessori-type approach to explore our sacred stories and liturgies. Our son thrived in this class and often shared with us his experiences.

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  • FRIDAY, April 7

    We encounter many paradigms of leadership in the scriptures: monarchs, warriors, servants, elders, contemplatives, and prophets. As we prepare to enter Holy Week, Mary offers us an unexpected model of a leader as comforter.

    I can imagine Mary cracking the neck of the bot....

  • THURSDAY, April 6

    Believe the works of God that you see being done around you. Every week, sometimes several times a week, a woman from our parish serves at the local day shelter for homeless people in the neighborhood. The shelter is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year. This volunteer knows the names of many....

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