Would Jesus Have Marched? Salt & Light

Lectionary Study on Matthew 5:13-20

I have a lectionary essay on the gospel text for February 5, over at Journey with Jesus.

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Pentecost: Crowd-sourcing a Question about the Crowd

Lectionary Study on Acts 2:1-21

The Pentecost story is so familiar that I picture it easily. But I’ve just come to realize that I’ve been wrong about a detail. I’m wondering if that detail matters.

Acts 2:1-21. The Pentecost story takes place on a feast day roughly ten days after Jesus ascended to heaven. As I’ve always pictured it, the disciples and other followers (maybe a hundred or so?) are assembled in a large room. They have just selected a new leader to replace the fallen Judas.

Suddenly a violent wind blows through the room, bringing with it flames of fire. The flames hover above the heads of all assembled. Each person is miraculously able to speak a language which was previously unknown. Overcome, they pour out onto the street, each speaking in this new language. A crowd gathers, amazed at the spectacle. Peter preaches eloquently, quoting the prophet Joel, and converts masses of people.

Boom! The church is born!

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#38 Lent Pilgrimage, The Upper Room

Lectionary Study on Luke 22

Maundy Thursday

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The Upper Room on the Via Dolorosa was built by the Crusaders in the 11th century, so it is not “authentic” to the Holy Week story. The building was built a thousand years too late for that! Yet, our guide tells us, this spot may have similar aspects to the place where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. We look around the empty space, picturing the scene in this high-ceilinged room. Other pilgrims sing a hymn. The acoustics are lovely, and the singing devout.

فوركس تجربي How might you enter the Upper Room this Holy Thursday, even in your home church?

Prayer: O Lord, I want to receive your sacrament.

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#35 Lent Pilgrimage, Ancient Roots

Lectionary Study on Luke 22

Monday of Holy Week

تداول اسهم سمنت ام القر “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” ~Luke 22:46

The olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The roots of the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are purportedly 2,000 years old. Olive trees are known to live a long time, and these particular trees have been lovingly tended since Jesus prayed under them. The knobby roots of the trees are a reminder that prayer itself is an ancient practice, worth tending. Asking God for help in the most desperate of moments is the very core of Christian hope.

توصيات سوق الاسهم How might you pray for help today?

Prayer: O Creator, keep me from the time of trial.

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Palm Sunday

Lectionary Study on John 12

Today I have the privilege of worshipping with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie at Mt. St. Benedict. Blessings to all as we enter Holy Week.

متي تداول اسهم عبدالمحسن الحكير So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” ~John 12:13

The Palm Sunday Chapel marks the place where Jesus is believed to have begun his triumphal journey on a donkey. Inside, the walls of the chapel are painted all around with life-sized frescoes of people waving palms. I feel as if I have entered the story. We sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” and I imagine I am one of the children, whose sweet lips sang praises.

ما هي الرافعة المالية How might you enter the spirit of adoration this Palm Sunday?

Prayer: O Lord, I adore you with a child’s heart.

The author in the Palm Sunday Chapel.

The author in the Palm Sunday Chapel.

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#31 Lent Pilgrimage, Shortcut to Glory

Lectionary Study on Mark 9

Wednesday after Fifth Sunday in Lent

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Mount Tabor, which is believed to be the site of Jesus’ transfiguration, rises from a flat plain. The road to the top is a series of hairpin curves too intense for a bus. We climb into taxis. Previous generations of pilgrims would have spent days making this trek, which we accomplish in twenty minutes, slamming from side to side across the bench seat.

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Prayer: O Creator, forgive my rush to moments of glory.

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Worlds vs. Words: Which Lasts Longer?

Lectionary Study on Mark 13

Is the world coming to an end, and how do we feel about that? This weekend I saw a dystopian/utopian movie, listened to end-times texts read in church, and worked out to Radioactive at Golds Gym. (be careful about clicking that link, it’s an ear worm) Welcome to the New Age! This is it, the Apocalypse!

With the impending demise of the world hanging over my head, I began to wonder which lasts longer: worlds or words? Words would seem to be the most ephemeral of all things! Yet I submit three items for your consideration:

1) Interstellar is a 3-hour spectacle that reaches deep into time and space. Interestingly enough, it avoids any mention of a belief system, or anything to believe in, other than human achievement. Instead, the movie tickles the edges of theoretical physics and pays homage to Love (Love is the one thing we can perceive that transcends space and time, says Anne Hathaway’s character).

2) The text this first Sunday of Advent was from Mark 13, which includes these words of Jesus: Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. The text also suggests that at the end of all things our galaxy will disappear (the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light).

3) And from left field, because who knows when and how John Calvin will pop up. . . Have you seen the video of the crow sledding down a snowy roof? It is delightful, so I read about crows on Wikipedia, where I learned that crows are playful and intelligent. Which made me wonder about the origin of the expression “eating crow.” Which led me to this: Eating crow is of a family of idioms having to do with eating and being proven incorrect, such as to “eat dirt” and to “eat your hat” (or shoe), all probably originating from “to eat one’s words”, which first appears in print in 1571 in one of John Calvin’s tracts, on Psalm 62: “God eateth not his words when he hath once spoken.”

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Virtual Pilgrim: The Mount of Temptation

Lectionary Study on Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13

Need a break? I invite you to take a 5-minute pilgrimage to Jericho!

This video will take you to the Mount of Temptation, a hill high above Jericho which is the home of an ancient monastery. The site is associated with the story of Jesus being tempted by the devil, which is told in  Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13.

This video was made by Eran Frenkel. Check out his videos about other sites in and around Jerusalem at www.JerusalemExperience.com.

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Post-Resurrection: Scenes & Questions

Lectionary Study on John 20:19-31

Easter is over and Jesus is wandering about in a state of immateriality. In John 20, Jesus drifts through closed doors and astounds the disciples. Then — as if to hammer home the point that he’s really alive and breathing — he exhales on them. It’s a dramatic text we often skip in our hurry to get to the much-maligned Thomas. But what a scene it makes! I’ll set forth the scenes as I see them unfolding, and a few questions.

http://petefoytho.com/essays-on-abortion-pro-choice/ OI 361 Week 3 Learning Team Assignment Strategy, Process, Product, and Services Paper SCENE 1:

TIME: The first day of the week, evening.
SETTING: Behind locked doors at an undisclosed location.
ON STAGE: Disciples minus Thomas the Twin

Enter: Jesus.
Line: Jesus: “Peace be with you.”
Action: Jesus: Display hands and side.
Reaction: Disciples: 🙂
Line: Jesus: Repeat first line. “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
Action: Jesus: Long expulsion of breath.
Line: Jesus: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Reaction: Disciples: ??
Exit: Jesus

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Holy Thursday — Jesus & Judas at the Table

Lectionary Study on John 13:1-7, 31b-35

On this Maundy Thursday I wanted to share an image of Jesus at table with his disciples. The carving below shows all twelve disciples — it’s a bit hard to see John, whose head is lying in Jesus’ lap. What makes this depiction of the Last Supper unique is the identity of the disciple at the center of the piece — the one receiving the bread from Jesus’ hand. Who do you think that is?

Here’s a hint: He’s holding a moneybag in his hand.

Holy Blood Altarpiece

Holy Blood Altarpiece

This artwork is called the “Holy Blood Altarpiece.” It’s a reliquary, meaning that it was built to hold a relic, which is a drop of Jesus’ blood. The drop of blood is in a vessel above this panel. The altarpiece was carved by Tilman Riemenschneider at the beginning of the Reformation, and is a very large piece, still in its original installation in southern Germany. I really don’t know much else about it.

But I find it quite moving that an artist would put Judas at the center of this work, below Jesus’ shed blood, inviting the viewer to identify with the disciple who betrayed Jesus. So often we shy away from comparing ourselves to this betrayer. Judas is certainly a complicated figure and most Christians push away from him. Yet Jesus washed Judas’ feet, and included him in the sacrament of the supper. Like all of us, Judas is literally beneath the mercy seat in this depiction.

I learned about this artwork last Sunday, when I attended church with my parents, at Church of the Servant, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the Adult Ed hour, there was a presentation of Lenten-related artwork by Professor Craig Hanson, from Calvin College. What a gift to learn and listen!

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