Mark 8:31-38, To Follow Jesus to the Cross

[March 1, 2015] Today is the Second Sunday of Lent, the “Forty Days” of lengthening, originally referring to the length of the day, but now referring to our preparation for the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection from the dead. Last Sunday the lectionary text recalled us to the beginning of the Gospel . . . → Read More: Mark 8:31-38, To Follow Jesus to the Cross

Matthew 26:57-75, Confessing His Name: Jesus in the House of the High Priest

The Setting (Matthew 26:57-58)

[March 4, 2012] Last Sunday, when we began our meditation on the Lord’s Passion, Jesus resolved Himself to drink the cup that the Father had willed. After that, He was handed over by Judas and arrested by men who were on orders from the high priestly family (from Annas, . . . → Read More: Matthew 26:57-75, Confessing His Name: Jesus in the House of the High Priest

Matthew 26:36-56, The Garden of Gethsemane

Justification

[February 26, 2012] The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday. We follow the skeleton of the traditional church calendar to maintain some continuity with the practice of other Christians past and present and use it as a way of organizing our meditation on the Gospel. However, because we are a Biblical . . . → Read More: Matthew 26:36-56, The Garden of Gethsemane

John 18:1-18, Jesus Hands Himself Over

Lent

[March 13, 2011] During the season of Lent we will accompany Jesus in His passion, from His arrest to His grave, as this is told in the Gospel according to John. This is a singular failing of the Sunday Lectionaries in that they squeeze all of this—which makes up a significant portion . . . → Read More: John 18:1-18, Jesus Hands Himself Over