Archive for March, 2016


Posted: 27 March, 2016 in My stuff
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Along with a handful of friends, I was up very early this morning for a liturgy of resurrection and to watch the sunrise. Today is Easter Sunday or, as it is becoming more commonly called, Resurrection Sunday.

The whole idea of resurrection from the dead, be it of Jesus or anyone else for that matter, is greeted with scepticism by most people. The idea being that once you’re dead you’re dead and apart from resuscitation with in a very short time frame most people stay that way. (more…)


The day of which no one speaks

Posted: 26 March, 2016 in My stuff


The record of the events of the Saturday of Easter is blank, apart from a very brief mention in Matthew’s story where the Roman’s seal the tomb and set a guard absolutely nothing is said.

It is the day of which no one speaks.

So there is no passage from Luke for us to read.  That, at least for me, is a cause to reflect on the apparent silence of God.  In this case the apparent silence of God on a day of immense pain, confusion and doubt. (more…)

Christ in Gethsemane - Michael O'BrienIntroduction

Today’s reading begins in the middle of the night and ends early the next evening, a period of no less than eighteen hours, probably more.  It covers the time we call Good Friday.  It begins in a garden and ends in a garden. It begins with prayer and ends with God’s command to rest.

The story is not very descriptive but does have some small details.  It is relatively short and to the point.

There is a lot of dialogue between the characters.

Luke’s Gospel, chapters 22 and 23 (more…)

The day of broken bread

Posted: 24 March, 2016 in My stuff

Jesus had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Festival of Passover. For the four preceding days he had gone to the temple where he taught in the courtyards, argued with the teachers of the religious law, and spoke some pretty harsh words against the temple priests and the Pharisees. It would appear that on the fifth day, that day of Unleavened Bread, he did not go to the city at all until the end of the day.

The Day of Unleavened Bread was the most important day of the week long festival of Passover. It was a pilgrimage festival, drawing people from all over to Jerusalem. Pilgrim numbers reached into the hundreds of thousands. (more…)

End of World road signIntroduction

Today we come to one of the most difficult and therefore one of the most misunderstood passages of scripture. This passage has its parallels in Matthew and Mark’s Gospels. Interestingly enough, there is no corresponding passage in John’s Gospel, seeing that (depending on your interpretation) John lived through much of what is spoken about by Jesus.

It all started with an off hand remark. (more…)

Christ and the Pharisees- Anthony van DyckIntroduction

Jesus world was so similar to our in so many ways. There were different brands of politics across the spectrum from progressive to conservative. There were different brands of religion – from the old gods of Greece and Rome, the new ‘mystery religions from the east, Emperor worship, and the superstitions that grew in this multicultural environment.

In thee religion of the Jews there different brands as well. The Pharisees were a popular movement among the people but small in number. They carried a lot of sway. The Sadducees were the established priestly elite and had control of the Temple in Jerusalem. (more…)

A model of Herod's Temple

A model of Herod’s Temple

Luke does not give us a day to day account of Jesus movements during the week leading up to Passover.  I have broken chapters 20 and 21  into three sections rather arbitrarily. I will include the entire passages but I will not make comment on their entire contents. The chapters speak for themselves to some degree, as does the whole book of Luke. I encourage you to take your time and read to understand. Pause and ponder on the way. To the best of your ability put yourself in the text as an observer. Keep in mind that the original observers – Jesus’ follower/friends – didn’t get it all either. (more…)