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Seven Last Words: Reunion

By Rev. Jacob Smith Our sermon text for this Good Friday is the 7th word spoken from the cross which comes from Luke 23:46, where Jesus says in a loud voice, “Father into your hands I commend my Spirit.”\ One of the profound realities that we learn from the cross is that Christianity, contrary to any other belief system, is actually extremely counterintuitive.  It is as my former colleague the Rev. Nancy Hanna use to say, “Christianity is ‘Flip-flop Sense.”’ For example Good is Associated with the darkest Friday in human history, the cross a brutal instrument of execution is…

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Holy Week Reflection: Wednesday

By Fr. Robert Solon, Jr. The Triduum–the Sacred Three Days–is the most significant and solemn time of our year.   And it is nigh upon us, beginning tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, and ending after the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night or Sunday early. Many have said a lot about Holy Week, and you can read as much about it online or elsewhere as you wish.  There’s no dearth of words about this time.  But I’d hope and suggest this:  Don’t depend on the words.  It does no good simply to know in one’s head that Jesus entered Jerusalem in Triumph, or that his last night…

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Holy Week Reflection: Tuesday

By Matthew Paul Buccheri Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. If there’s one Greek word that English speakers need to understand in order to grasp the profundity of Good Friday, it’s the Greek word…

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Holy Week Reflection: Monday

By Matthew Paul Buccheri 37When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives…the whole crowd of disciples…began joyfully…to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38”Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” In the ancient world, especially in Rome, when a king was about to enter the…