Easter 2 (Divine Mercy) – Jesus has won the gift of mercy by dying and rising. But the real gift of God is the gift of his Friendship. Mercy is what happens when God welcomes back his unworthy friends. As we have received mercy, so we must also give.
“I was not expecting that!” One of the second-grade students shook his head in wonder. We were acting out the story of the Prodigal Son. We had gotten to the point where the son comes to his senses and decides to return home. The kids were expecting this worthless son to be greeted by an angry father. Instead the father …
Easter – There are signs of new life all around us. Where have you experienced death and hopelessness? God wants to give you new life right in your place of darkness. Practice dying, practice rising from the dead, and practice going to heaven.
Good Friday – God brings light out of darkness and the dead to life. This is the Paschal Mystery. Jesus knew that his Father would be with him every step of the way, his life had meaning, and his suffering had a purpose. Do I see my suffering this way?
Holy Thursday – The Passover lamb was slaughtered and eaten to save the Israelites. Christ our Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed; come to the feast! Take, eat, and enter into Communion with Him. Then go and wash the feet of others.
Palm Sunday – Now we are Battle Ready but are we fighting the right battle? The true battle is not about proving our worth or getting our way; it’s believing our worth and following God’s way. Pray that Jesus’ love will bring out the best in you.
Lent 5 – In the light of Palm Sunday, we see the true King and sinless judge who offers mercy. Jesus takes her place and pays the price for her sin. Jesus takes your place; Jesus pays your penalty. Will you live for the one who died for you?
I still remember our college trip to watch The Cider House Rules. Michael Caine plays a doctor who secretly performs illegal abortions in the 1940’s. Tobey Maguire plays a young orphan who becomes his assistant — and uncovers his dark secret. In the course of the movie Tobey’s journey helps him come around to understand the doctor’s motivations. Full disclosure: …