Lectionary Haiku 13 April 2022

Wednesday of Holy Week The contradiction of finding the fullness of life in the midst of suffering – an ever-present and universal challenge – is present in today’s texts Isaiah 50:4-9a  Teachable momentsI give forth yet am struck downIt’s the way onward ************************ Psalm 70 Lord, deliver usFor you, we are sore oppressedQuick – noContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 13 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 12 April 2022

Tuesday of Holy Week The tension builds Isaiah 49:1-7  Destiny draws nearPlanted deep within the wombBirthing hope and light ****************************** Psalm 71:1-14 In desperationWe look to You for rescueMake haste to help us ****************************** 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Folly of the crossYour foolishness is wiserThan our deep wisdom ****************************** John 12:20-36 Enquiring Greeks here –The beginningContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 12 April 2022”

Lectionary Haiku 11 April 2022

Monday of Holy Week We are in Holy Week with extra readings. All focus on the Passion of the Christ in the days leading to his crucifixion. Isaiah 42:1-9  Spirit upon himfor justice to all nationsSubtle strength displayed *********************** Psalm 36:5-11 Abundance aboundsHow precious your steadfast loveAdequate for all *********************** Hebrews 9:11-15 Christ’s new sacrificeTheContinue reading “Lectionary Haiku 11 April 2022”

Turning the tables over

COVID-19 has certainly turned the tables over economically. “Free market” trickle-down philosophy has suddenly and seismically given way to billions of dollars worth of rescue to keep society viable. One can discern a palpable shift in many communities. Supermarket brawls that reflected neo-liberal “survival of the fittest” philosophy have given way to neighbours and strangersContinue reading “Turning the tables over”

The Joy of Holy Week

  The celebratory feast of accomplishment described in Isaiah 25 is very suitable for an entry into Holy Week, which culminates in the Three Days of Easter (Triduum) that embrace the trial, crucifixion, entombment and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth who is also the Christ. Holy Week is confusing to many across the spectrum of ChristianContinue reading “The Joy of Holy Week”

Holy Week Action

The story of Holy Week sometimes begins with Jesus “cleansing the Temple” – turning over money trading tables and driving out sacrificial animals being sold under extortion. An arresting offence, no doubt, and certainly would have been a factor in his eventual capture and trial a few days later. In Perth we see Holy WeekContinue reading “Holy Week Action”

Divergent at Easter

Matthew 27:11-31 is loaded with drama. Jesus stands silently before Pontius Pilate – both men are under judgement. Where will the gavel fall in favor – maintenance of the status quo, control and order; or the brazen, divergent reign of the Prince of Peace, a reign that is not of the current scheme of things? DivergentContinue reading “Divergent at Easter”

Reflecting on Holy Saturday…

Their waiting was different from ours. We wait in anticipation of resurrection celebration. They waited in despair for the Sabbath to pass so they could tend a cadaver and complete a proper entombment. Our waiting is for the completion of a cycle in a story that continues. Their story had been destroyed – pilloried on a shameful instrumentContinue reading “Reflecting on Holy Saturday…”

Reflecting on Good Friday

“Why is it called Good when such a bad thing happened?” There’s a bit more to this question than just the etymology that says “good” comes from “God” and that some say it was originally “God’s Friday.” It’s helpful to just sit and ponder the question a while. Let such stillness take you past theContinue reading “Reflecting on Good Friday”

Reflecting on Holy Wednesday…

The woman pours expensive perfumed ointment over Jesus’ head. It was worth about a year’s wages. The critics kick in: “How extravagant!. The money for that could have been used to to feed the poor.” Jesus defends her against the hypocrisy of her attackers. She knows what he’s about – they don’t. The challenge ofContinue reading “Reflecting on Holy Wednesday…”