Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Heaven is for Right Now”

Text John 20:19-31 (Doubting Thomas) It is the second Sunday in the season of Easter, and for the second week in a row, my reflection is based upon a movie. Last week it was “Transcendence.” This week it is “Heaven … Continue reading

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‘Resurrection,’ ‘Transcendence’ and new life

Text: Matthew 28:1-11 (the empty tomb) “Do not be afraid. Jesus the crucified is no longer here. He has been raised!” With these words of an angel, our Lenten journey of 40 days and nights has ended. We have arrived … Continue reading

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Darkness at noon

Text: Matthew 26:57-27:61 (the trials, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus) “When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which … Continue reading

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Other “Last Suppers”

Texts: Matthew 26:12-30 (the Last Supper); John 16:33 (Good cheer) We have just heard Matthew’s account of the Last Supper. Like Luke’s Gospel, Matthew bases his account on Mark. But there is another account of Jesus’ final night with his … Continue reading

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Looking for God in all the wrong places

Text: Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus enters Jerusalem) When I was a child, I had trouble seeing the difference between Palm Sunday and Easter. Both were happy occasions in which we raised our voices in praise. On Palm Sunday we sang Hosanna … Continue reading

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Naive readers and wilful ignoramuses

Text: John 11:1-45 (Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead) How do we react when different books of the Bible contradict each other? This was one of the things we discussed last Wednesday at “The Big Question” group; and the subject … Continue reading

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