Into Jerusalem

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Today we commemorate Jesus’ final entry into the holy city. This is such a powerful event, much more than any normal historical significance.

Jerusalem is an epicenter of faith for all the Abrahamic religions. It signifies our paths toward God, just as He led the Jews toward union with Him here on earth.

In my mind, it signifies that we´re ALL on a journey to God, and our goal is to meet Him in the next life.

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Blind

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I was part of an RCIA team for many years, and absolutely loved the weeks which led up to the Easter Vigil initiation of our new church members. It’s always a very emotional time.

If the priest chooses, he can use three Gospel readings from Church Year A for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. These are three particularly deep and powerful stories of Jesus’ ministry while on earth.

On this 4th Sunday of Lent, the RCIA reading is of the man born blind. It’s something I can related to very much this year.

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Annunciation of God’s presence

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Right in the middle of Lent, we’re given this wonderful gift today!

Nine months before Christmas, the Church celebrates the Annunciation: the day when God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary:

Coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.”

— Luke 1:28-31

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Transfiguration

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Then a voice came out of the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Keep listening to him!”
— Luke 9:31 ISV

I’m pondering today this wonderful story of God’s endorsement of His Son’s work in this world. One of the things which can help bring these readings to life is to use a site (like BibleHub, in this case) which captures all the English translations in a single place.

I picked the International Standard Version here because others simply say, “Listen to him!”, or something similar. In that case, it’s signifying that Jesus will say something important.

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Crowning with thorns

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Holy week begins today. The most holy time of our entire year.

When I think about Jesus’ passion, the crown of thorns seems to be unbelievably cruel. The whole event is unfathomable, of course, but this hits my heart in a special way.

I think it came from portrayals I’ve seen in movies and plays. Can you imagine the pain involved with penetrating the skin on your head? I’ve whacked my head many times during my lifetime, and I see stars.

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Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

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When we talk about the Trinity, we have a customary order. Father first. Son second. Holy Spirit third.

I’m wondering if there’s a deeper reason for this.

I’ve heard that it might have something to do with the Son proceeding from the Father, while the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. Maybe just me, but that doesn’t seem like a compelling reason. I might use that logic to reverse the order, as I did in the first sentence of this paragraph.

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