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Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/17/20
How well do we live the Easter experience in our daily lives? We are an Easter people, because we know and celebrate that Jesus has risen from the dead. And yet, we're not always shouting, "Hallelujah!" We don't always feel like celebrating -- not in our worship nor outside ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/10/20
Are you ready to proclaim the Good News about how Jesus has helped you? What holds you back? Do you hesitate because you don't yet understand how the deaths in your life (the sacrifices, the lost hope, the broken relationships, etc.) have been resurrected into new life?
Such ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/04/20
The word "passion" has powerful implications. Theologically, we use it to describe the suffering love that Jesus endured for each of us when he was beaten, mocked and crucified as he willingly took onto himself the punishment and destructive forces of our sins.
The world counterfeits the word ... Read More »
Posted by Diana Wuertz on 3/27/20
Lent is not about suffering and sacrifice. It's a corridor to new life. Good Friday is not about evil and pain and death. It's the door that Jesus opens to invite us into that new life.
Yes, suffering is part of the Lenten journey (which can be experienced ... Read More »
Posted by Diana Wuertz on 3/21/20
Conversion to Christ is a process. The blind man in the Gospel reading exemplifies this journey into faith. Notice that at first he did not go to Jesus. Jesus came to him. The man responded by waiting to see what would happen and then by obeying Jesus.
Conversion ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/13/20
What are you thirsty for? Thirst is what happens when we lack something vital. Water is essential for our physical survival, and our bodies signal us when it's time to drink fluids to stay healthy.
Likewise, water is necessary for our spiritual survival, albeit a different sort of ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/06/20
Atop Mount Tabor, the pure light of Christ was revealed, as seen in this Gospel reading. The Father said, "This is my beloved Son; listen to him."
The transfiguration is repeated every time we listen to him and allow our faith to be enlightened more today than it was ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/28/20
How do you deal with temptation? That's the personal challenge given to us by the Word of God on the first Sunday of Lent. And so we begin our journey with Jesus, traveling to the holiest place we can reach at this point in our lives.
This Lent ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/21/20
Mercy is the key to understanding this Sunday's Gospel reading. Think of love as the front door to people's hearts. When they close it, mercy is the love that sneaks in through the back door.
In ancient times, if someone gouged another person in the eye, the victim ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/14/20
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Jewish religious authorities of Jesus' day were often literalists in their interpretation of the Law of God. Jesus, however, gave a deeper meaning to the Law. He placed his focus on the goal of the Law: Love.
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus ... Read More »