Category: Pastor Jeff’s 2010 Lenten Blog

23
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #30

Luke tells us that upon arriving in Jerusalem, Jesus wept over the city, saying, “If only you had recognized on this day the things that make for peace!” (Luke 19:42) Forseeing the destruction lying in the city’s future, Jesus’ heart broke, moving him to tears. I wonder if Jesus had second thoughts at that moment […]

22
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #29

There is this perplexing little exchange that takes place between Jesus and a rich man as Jesus makes his way to Jerusalem.  In response to the man addressing him as “Good Teacher,” Jesus replies, “Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.” (Mark 10:18) Jesus’ words undermine one of our […]

20
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #28

I’ve been going over the Lord’s prayer with the children in worship during Lent, and tomorrow I come to the verse, “But deliver us from evil.” I must admit, it is with some trepidation that I approach this peitition, so this post is an attempt to prepare myself for the challenge. So how do we […]

19
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #27

Yesterday I drove out to visit my mother who lives in an assisted living community in Pennsylvania. At 87, my mother is doing okay, though she grows increasingly frail with each passing year. The visit got me thinking back thirty-two years ago to the year I spent following graduation from college. Life in college had […]

18
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #26

Another incident that occurs in the latter part of the Gospel story involves the diciples James and John, the brothers Zebedee.   They approach Jesus just before they reach Jerusalem to make a request.  “You will have glory in your kingdom.  Let one of us sit at your right, and let one of us sit at your life.”  (Mark 10:37)  […]

17
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #25

Even as Jesus sets his face towards Jerusalem, he maintains his capacity to see people as individuals.  I’m thinking here of Zaccheus, the rich taxcollector, as well as Bartimeaus, the blind beggar, both of whom appear at the roadside as Jesus passes by.  It would be easy for them to be lost in the crowds, […]

16
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #24

The past few days have been particularly dreary and distressing, weather wise: gray skies, rain and flooding, dangerous winds. It was impossible not to have our moods effected. Today, however, the sun is shining, and Spring is stunningly present. If you are like me, you’ve been moaning about the weather. Having complained so, there almost […]

15
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #23

In the first half of the Gospels, Jesus wanders about Galilee, seemingly free to go wherever he is invited, healing the sick, attending parties, making food and drink multiply in abundance.  The crowds seeking out contact with Jesus steadily grow in number.  Jesus exhorts his followers to trust the providence of their heavenly Abba God, […]

13
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #22

So I’ve been writing these reflections for 22 days now. It has been for me the one definitive Lenten undertaking of my life. I haven’t managed to pray or eat or exercise or anything else on any kind of consistent schedule. (I am praying and eating and exercising, but, as is my way, I’m doing […]

12
Mar

Lenten Reflection Day #21

It is important to remember that we exist in bodies. That may seem like an utterly (uh duh!) obvious observation, but the fact of the matter is that we oftentimes forget this, expecting our state of mind to exist altogether separate from the reality of our bodily existence. On a practical level, what this means […]