Holy Week 2013
Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Mar 23, 2013 (message contributor)
1. Seeds, Part I
Contributed on Mar 23, 2013
Jesus was the seed that died so that we might live; we too are called to die to self so that others may live.
Monday of Holy Week 2013 Seeds 1 Two of the privileges given to deacons in this diocese is the ability to preside at baptisms and wake services. What is striking to me every time is the use of this psalm 27, this psalm which begins this first day of three at the head of Holy Week. “I ...read more
2. Seeds, Part Ii: The Use Of Compost In The Spiritual Life
Contributed on Mar 23, 2013
The seed that needs to die to bear much fruit needs nutrients; these come from composting the great temptations in our lives.
Tuesday of Holy Week 2013 Seeds 2 “Unless a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it remains alone; but if it die, it yields much fruit.” As we continue our Holy Week contemplation of the death of Jesus, we encounter the prophecy of Isaiah about the Messiah. This is a later ...read more
3. Cracking The Hard Seedcoat
Contributed on Mar 24, 2013
The hard surface of our hearts must be scarified or we cannot grow and we cannot bear fruit.
Wednesday of Holy Week 2013 Seeds 3 [Preacher: You should have a bluebonnet seed or other seed and either sandpaper or vinegar.] We come to what we might call the last day of the triduum before the Great Triduum, and to the moment Church tradition calls “Spy Wednesday.” This is the ...read more
4. Did God Make A Mistake?
Contributed on Mar 25, 2013
The Terminator is like a parable about God's creation of humans.
Thursday of Holy Week 2013 Did God Make a Mistake? I think one of the levels of meaning of the “Terminator” movies incorporates a parable. Think about it. Americans, wary of human beings’ ability to push the nuclear button, create something called “Skynet,” a ...read more
5. Dying For His Enemies
Contributed on Mar 27, 2013
Jesus had to die for us, his enemies, because the Father promised it to Abraham.
Good Friday 2013 Holy Week 2013 The psalms of Good Friday are the prayers of Jesus on the cross. If we are to understand better why, in my question of yesterday, we must believe that God did not make a mistake in making man, and, in the question of today, why Jesus had to die such a cruel ...read more
6. God Has The Last Word
Contributed on Mar 28, 2013
Holy Saturday is a time to contemplate the victory of Christ even in defeat.
Holy Saturday 2013 Holy Week 2013 The Son of God died, and was buried. The one who had kept Peter’s mother-in-law from dying, who raised the son of the widow at Naim and the daughter of Jairus, and even four-days-dead Lazarus was Himself in the tomb. A few guards sleepily watch over the ...read more
7. I Reject. . .i Believe: An Easter Homily
Contributed on Mar 29, 2013
The promises we make in baptism are challenges to be soaked with Christ.
Easter Sunday 2013 “I Reject. . .I Believe” In my ministry of deacon, about five times a year I have the privilege of welcoming young children into the Church through the sacrament of Baptism. The rite of Baptism of Infants is pretty straightforward, involving the reading of ...read more