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Luke 20: Cornerstone – Part V

First Sunday of Lent, March 5, 2017

James Tissot: Woe Unto You, Scibes and Pharisees

James Tissot: Woe Unto You, Scribes and Pharisees

As we close our reflections on Jesus’ teaching with the Parable of the Tenants, we look at Luke 20, a chapter that describes for us how the people who followed Jesus loved him, and how the leaders of his day despised him.

Luke places this parable in a context that calls us to action. When we spend time with Luke 20 today, we have the opportunity to reflect on this progression of stories: Jesus’ Authority Questioned, the Parable of the Wicked Tenants, The Question About Paying Taxes, The Question About Resurrection, the Question About David’s Son, Jesus Denounces the Scribes. We have the opportunity to explore the meaning of The Rejected Cornerstone. And we have the invitation to take part in the conversion of the world.

We read Luke’s verses and know that it is for us to discover why the Pharisees and Herodians despised Jesus, and it is for us to determine how we will act to change a world that calls for newness. If we take a moment to watch the brief “The Pope Video” on YouTube or at www.thepopevideo.org, we will hear the same challenge the people in Jesus’ time heard. And we will have the same opportunity to decide what we will do.

For more about Pope Francis’ Worldwide Network of Prayer, click on the image below.

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Mark 3:22-30: Sawing Off Branches

Monday, January 30, 2017

From the Maestà of Duccio in Siena, Italy

From the Maestà of Duccio in Siena, Italy and private collections

Jesus is very clear: A constantly squabbling family disintegrates.

We might use these words in our individual and collective lives.

Jesus tells us: Listen to this carefully. I’m warning you. 

We might take this warning to heart.

Jesus reminds us: There’s nothing done or said that can’t be forgiven. But if you persist in your slanders against God’s Holy Spirit, you are repudiating the very One who forgives, sawing off the branch on which you’re sitting, severing by your own perversity all connection with the One who forgives.”

God says: I love you so intensely that I will do all that I must in order to have you near me; but if you persist in turning away my Spirit, you are creating a separation that you will not be able to bridge. I am always waiting for you, guiding you, protecting and advising you. Remain in me so that I might remain in you. Allow my Spirit to rest in you and to create a home in your heart. In this way, we will never be so far apart that you lose sight of me. Listen to my son, remain in my Spirit, and have hope always in me.

When we explore other translations of these verses, we open our understanding of God’s generosity, persistence and love.

For more on the Maestà of Duccio, click on the image above for two Khan Academy video lessons.

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Acts 5:17-42: Obeying God

Wednesday, April 13, 2016obeygodnotman

And the Apostles said in reply: We must obey God rather than men . . .

Do we see Jesus’ Apostles as only the twelve who followed him? Do we believe that Jesus’ followers were men alone? Can we stretch beyond any narrowness to believe that we number among Jesus’ Apostles today? Are we willing to stand during difficult times to say . . . we must obey God rather than men . . .?

When we read these verses in their varying translations, how do they speak to us of Jesus’ remarkable gift of resurrection? What do they reveal to us about God’s generous promises? And why do they call us – or perhaps not call us – to become one with the Spirit that wants to heal a troubled world? When we use the scripture link to explore this story of the Apostles who carry out miracles in Jesus’ name well after his death, we find new life and new energy to carry out the Gospel in all we say and do. When we allow God’s goodness to settle into our bones, we find new courage and new patience to smile in the face of adversity.

A video presentation of Acts 5:17-42 may be of interest. While we may not be in accord with all the speaker tells us, we are invited to reflect on this story of the importance of obeying God. Click on the image above or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MiSr5yx9nA

 

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Grace, Peace and Love, Alive Againpassion

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016
Because I will be away from The Noontimes for a few days, I invite you to visit posts from Easter Week 2013 and 2014 using the links below. Or you may prefer to visit the Connecting at Noon page on this blog to explore other reflections on your own at: https://thenoontimes.com/connecting-at-noon/

If we listen to the song Alive Again by Matt Maher, we may find new peace and a new energy as we ponder the question Where have I gone . . . we may experience a new birth, and we may discover that we are alive again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h30qiH7MSHM

Wishing all a blessed Easter, and offering all of you this Easter Prayer.

May each of us be renewed in Christ.

May each of us be blessed by the Creator.

May each of us be graced by the Holy Spirit. 

May we keep in mind that we are Easter people.

May we announce and share the gift of Resurrection that God has bestowed on us.

And may we hold the story of God’s love for all creation in our hearts.

We ask for Christ’s peace.

We rest in the Creator’s hands.

And we come together with and in the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/03/31/and-he-saw-and-believed/

Easter Monday, April 1, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/01/where-the-body-had-been/

Easter Tuesday, April 2, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/02/why-are-you-weeping/

Easter Wednesday, April 3, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/03/i-send-you/

Easter Thursday, April 4, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/04/my-lord-and-my-god/

Easter Friday, April 5, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/05/slowness-of-heart/

Easter Saturday, April 6, 2013: https://thenoontimes.com/2013/04/06/you-are-witnesses/

Easter Monday, April 21, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/21/easter-monday-2014/

Easter Tuesday, April 22, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/22/easter-tuesday-2014/

Easter Wednesday, April 23, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/23/easter-wednesday-2014/

Easter Thursday, April 24, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/24/easter-thursday-2014/

Easter Friday, April 25, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/25/easter-friday-2014/

Easter Saturday, April 26, 2014: https://thenoontimes.com/2014/04/26/easter-saturday-2014/

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1 John 1: Eyewitness

Holy Saturday, March 26, 201612351-Jesus_Hands_Resurrected.1200w.tn

Can we fully understand . . .?

From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.

Can we fully comprehend . . .?

We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!

Can we fully believe . . .?

mary magdaleneThis, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.

Can we fully take this in . . .?

We are more than bystanders to the truth and light that rises from death. We are eyewitnesses to the light that rises from pain. We are one in the body of Christ that rises from death itself to bring life eternal that knows nothing but joy.

Using the scripture links and drop-down menus, spend time with this letter from the Beloved Apostle John. Then watch or listen to Matt Maher’s video presentation on the promise and surprise of resurrection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUQm-F5LFu0

 

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The Gospels: WaitingGood-Friday

Good Friday, March 25, 2016

We live in a culture of immediacy; we have created a society that dispels mystery. We insist on knowing our unborn child’s gender; paparazzi tell us the daily intimate details of the lives of the famous. We insist on quick marts, fast food, instant dinners and bread-making machines. We look for comfort, create short cuts through pain, and seek antidotes to suffering.

We fail to teach our children how to suffer well. We shy away from abiding with family and friends who wait for Christ’s infinite, overpowering love to heal and transform. We have failed to learn the lesson of waiting.

This Good Friday, as we mourn what we first believe to be the loss of truth in the face of corruption, let us remain and abide with Mary the Mother of Jesus and John the Beloved Apostle at the foot of the cross. Let us await the promise of light that we know is arriving to pierce the darkness. Let us rest in the peace and joy of the resurrection story.

tomb linens (2)Matthew 28

Mark 16

Luke 24

John 20

Using the scripture links and drop-down menus, spend time with God’s word. Then watch or listen to Matt Maher’s video presentation on the gift of waiting at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnp60uQ3EAw

 

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Matthew 16:13-20: The Son of the Living God

Holy Wednesday, March 23, 2016who-do-you-say-i-am

A scandalous revelation. Blasphemy. A confession that asks us to lay down our ambitions.

Who do people say that I am?

What do we reply when we stand before the world?

Who do you say that I am?

What do we reply when we stand before the Lord?

You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the savior of the world.

Are we willing to stand before those who doubt or jeer? Are we willing to carry hope, peace and joy into the world?

We reflect on our willingness to act on what we say we believe. Musician Matt Maher presents a video reflection on what our ambitions might promise or condemn. Watch at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5PHGRMHm8o

 

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John 13:21-38: Betrayal in Jerusalem

Holy Tuesday, March 22, 2016judas

One of you is going to betray me . . . [And] as soon as the bread was in Judas’ hand, Satan entered him.

We have become too familiar with the story of Judas Iscariot betraying Jesus the Christ. Today we focus on small details as we read various translations, watching Jesus as he firmly, boldly, patiently and even gently steps into the betrayal he knows awaits him.

What you must do, says Jesus, do. Do it and get it over with.

A crust of bread dipped in wine.

Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night.

Thirty pieces of silver. The Potter’s Field. Murder Meadow.

Children, I am with you for only a short time longer. You are going to look high and low for me. But just as I told the Jews, I’m telling you: ‘Where I go, you are not able to come.’

The prophet Jeremiah’s words fulfilled to the letter.

“Master,” says Peter, “why can’t I follow now? I’ll lay down my life for you!”

Gerard van Honthorst: The Denial of St. Peter

Gerard van Honthorst: The Denial of St. Peter

Denial in the courtyard.

“Really?” Jesus replies.  “You’ll lay down your life for me? The truth is that before the rooster crows, you’ll deny me three times”.

The faithful disciples scattering in terror, gathering in hope.

Today we reflect on heroes, heroines, fidelity and betrayal and how Jesus, Judas and Peter bring us the message of the Gospel. For a video message from musician Matt Maher that reflects on the role of Judas in God’s plan, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnibI0Vac0w

Matthew 26 & Matthew 27 tell the story of Peter’s denial and Judas’ end. If there is time today, we reflect on these verses using the scripture links.

For more reflections on betrayal, enter the word into the blog search bar and explore.

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Luke 2:41-51: Found

jesus in the temple as a child

Tintoretto: The Finding of the Savior in the Temple

Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016

Today’s familiar story foreshadows the conflict that will take place in Jesus’ adult years when his message of God’s mercy brings the wrath of leaders against him, and lays the fate of creation in his hands. As a child, Jesus remains in Jerusalem after Passover to converse with temple elders. Discovered by his parents, he goes home to live obediently with them. The child Jesus dazzles leaders and yet lives in humility. The child Jesus knows that God is in charge.

Coptic Icon of the Transfiguration of Christ

Coptic Icon: Transfiguration of Christ

The man Jesus goes up to the mountain to experience his own transfiguration, but he does not go alone. He takes two friends who later testify to this beautiful experience on the mountain top. The man Jesus confounds his friends and yet delivers the expectation that his kingdom is here and now. The man Jesus knows that God’s outrageous hope is essential to human existence.

The prophet Jesus brings healing and confidence to the marginalized and forgotten. He escapes the crowd by disappearing over the brow of the hill. He slips through the fingers of those who would obliterate him. He challenges our beliefs and our doubts. The prophet Jesus knows that God’s enduring faith is critical in the human journey.

The risen Jesus defies all laws of physics and logic to bring hope to the abandoned and faith to the desperate. He hands himself over to the authorities who despise him. He suffers meekly at the hands of his enemies whom he calls to goodness. He offers the gift of healing and solace to all of creation. Christ Jesus knows that God’s enormous love is crucial in our human lives.

messiah has comeOn this Palm Sunday we reflect on the Passion story in one or all of the Gospels. As we enter into this holiest of weeks, let us remember our Lenten practices while we journey up to Jerusalem. As we near our Easter home, let us pray, meditate and remember that once we were fearful, and now we rest in Christ. Once we doubted and now we believe. Once we were lost and now, like the child Jesus, we are found.

For a video message from musician Matt Maher about the significance of Palm Sunday and how palms were a sign of rebellion in the Roman Empire, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbHHqPAwcIM 

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