Tag: Holy Week

The Last Supper and Defiant Desires

 

In his homily today, Father Joseph Mary of EWTN noted that at Christ’s last supper only Judas the betrayer addresses Jesus as “Rabbi” — Teacher. The other apostles address Jesus as Lord.

It’s an amazing moment. Was Judas the Iscariot not with them in the boat when Christ calmed the storm and walked on water? How many miraculous healings, exorcisms, and resuscitations did Judas witness?

‘Its Effect is to Hold The World Together’

 

The whole neighborhood is home and the grills are going. I sniff the air like Yogi Bear and start pulling things out of the freezer to grill for the week. My cousin from Vegas called to check on us. She is 10 years older and, if there was a liberal chart, she would fall off. We have been closer in touch since the passing of her sister, my other cousin, 15 years older, a couple of years ago. We don’t breach politics. We skirted the issue when she revealed her “psychotic event” when Trump was elected – sigh. So we keep it light. I love the sound of her melodic voice that reminds me of childhood.

She called yesterday and in our five-minute call, as I said we were on our way to pick up food, lamented that Las Vegas is a ghost town. It thrives on crowds — the Strip, gambling, sports events, concerts, conventions — now all gone. Then she suddenly began to rail on Trump, and how his “slow” response to the virus caused our current situation. I asked what about all the other world leaders and their responses? She said, but we are the greatest country, and he dismantled Obama’s emergency response team! I won’t go there but I dismissed it with, “Well, glad you are all ok, and can I call you back?” I don’t feel like calling her back.

I wrote this Saturday, and today is Palm Sunday. The whole world is experiencing Lent, like it or not. Lent is a time of reflection, remorse, a seat on a cliff in the desert, alone. It’s dry, prickly, and scary. Palm Sunday was mentioned by our Vice President, Mike Pence, in Saturday’s briefing. Before that, Dr. Fauci and President Trump, along with his Emergency Response team, gave a conference. It was encouraging. He takes his cues from his team, and gives not only information but whatever else is needed by our country’s governors.

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Again, Christians begin Holy Week. Beginning with remembrance of Christ’s humble entry into Jerusalem, ending with God’s submission to crucifixion and His triumph over death, we review the heart of revelation. On Christmas, we celebrate in awe that God became Man to more intimately join His creation. On Easter, we understand more fully why the […]

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Deadfall Sharp breeze from the east today more sticks to haul away the winds of winter left their mark twigs, sticks, branches on the yard a limb down in the grove every year the winds of winter break off the deadwood every spring I haul it away   Every tree feels the rush until one […]

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I first encountered Tenebrae at a Lutheran church, conducted, with German efficiency, all at once on Maundy Thursday night. Just as it grew dark, the congregation entered a sanctuary lit by two candelabra. As the story of the Last Supper and Passion was read, interspersed with gloriously dirge-like hymns, and maybe a motet by the […]

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I woke up at dawn on Palm Sunday to find there were ants eating our kitchen floor. I doubt they were getting much nutritional value out of it. They were simply chewing up the grout between tiles to make several alarmingly large anthills right in front of our sink. Plus, I had a caught a […]

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