Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
I LOVE THAT IMAGE of Jesus the mother hen, longing to take the children of Jerusalem under his wings. It's an appealing picture of God—a God who longs for us, who reaches out to gather us in. It's an image of God that comforts us.
But Jesus goes on to say that the children of Jerusalem have not been willing to take the shelter he offers. A motherly figure, making a welcoming gesture, offering love and security, and the children of Jerusalem say, "No." Does that make sense?
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
I'VE CAUGHT MYSELF over the last year praying in a way that I didn't learn in church or from the prayer book and that we don't hear from Jesus. These are prayers such as, "please, please, please don't let me run out of gas," or "please help my son get into the right college," and even the more serious, "please don't let it be life-threatening."
It's not that we can't pray any way we like, certainly we can, but in Lent we have an opportunity to go to the desert with Jesus, and look this kind of demand-based prayer squarely in the eye and say, as Jesus in effect said to Satan in Luke 4:1-13, that the healing and wholeness that God offers is far beyond the particular outcomes we may have in mind.
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-16, 16-21
With the passing years, I find myself more and more aware of the rhythms of life, whether in the daily routine that supports a sustainable balance in our social experience, or in the natural order, such as the rhythms of the waves on our shores or the changing of the seasons.
There is also a rhythm to the church calendar, and we are again at the time of the year prompting us to remember: our own earthly existence is a part of that rhythm, especially that part of the rhythm of life that will involve and succeed our own death.
Leader of "Nuns on the Bus" to give commencement address
BERKELEY, Calif. – Honorary degrees from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific will be awarded in May to retired House of Deputies President Dr. Bonnie Anderson, Sister Simone Campbell SSS, and Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. of the Diocese of Ohio.
The three are being honored for distinguished service to the Church and ministries in the world.
Sister Simone, the executive director of NETWORK based in Washington D.C., will also deliver the commencement address at graduation exercises on May 24 at CDSP.