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Roll Away the Stone

Meditation for Easter Sunday

Luke 24:1-12

In preparing for this reflection, I realized that I did not really know very much about MCC's first Easter.

So, I went to the source.  Rev. Elder Troy Perry was happy to tell me what he remembered.  That Friday, Good Friday, in 1969 was the inquest about the death of Howard Efland, a gay male nurse beaten to death by Los Angeles (California, USA) vice squad officers.  He had been heard screaming, "Help me!  My God, someone help me!"  But no one did.

It Is Not Yet the End

Meditation for Holy Saturday

Matthew 27:57-66

A great deal of importance was placed on burial in the Jewish religion in ancient times.  Ordinary citizens, military personnel, and even criminals had to be properly buried, according to religious law.  It was an old Jewish custom to place the dead in the sepulcher, which would remain unsealed for the space of three days, during which period the body was frequently visited by members of the family in the hope that signs of a return to life would be found.

Tenebrae

Meditation for Good Friday

John 18:1 - 19:42

Tenebrae is possibly the oldest continuously observed liturgy in Christianity.  Dating from the third century, it is a solemn commemoration of communion traditionally observed on Good Friday.  In this service, eight candles are gradually extinguished, taking the worship space slowly from light to darkness.  Tenebrae means darkness, and the candles symbolize the denial and flight of Jesus' disciples and friends during his arrest, trial and crucifixion.

Do This in Memory of Me

Lenten Meditation for Maundy Thursday

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

In the religious experience of the Latin American people, Holy Week has a privileged place, yet has increasingly lost more ground to people taking days of rest or vacation, opting to reserve these days to enjoy themselves on the beach with the family.  On the other hand, Holy Week still retains all of the experiences of suffering and accompaniment of Jesus on his way to the central mystery of our faith: "Passion, Death and Resurrection."  There is that intangible something about the approach of the suffering and the cross, which combines almost seamlessly with how our Latin American continent suffered life.

Palms or Passion?

Meditation for Passion Sunday

For many years during the month of October, my spouse Deb and I would make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo.  It is a little church nestled in the village of Chimayo, New Mexico, USA, about 30 miles North of Santa Fe.  According to legend, a man by the name of Bernardo Abeyto was in the nearby hills doing penance during Holy Week in 1810 when he suddenly noticed a strange light several hills away.  He went to see the light and saw that it came from the ground, so he started to dig and found a wooden cross with the carved image of the Black Christ of Guatemala.

Holy Extravagance

Meditation for the fifth Sunday of Lent

John 12:1-8

One of the most interesting features of this gospel story is its location: between the death and resurrection of Lazarus, and the death and resurrection of Jesus.  It is a little interlude of sorts, a family dinner not unlike other family dinners in the past -- except, of course, now they were harboring fugitives and enemies of the Empire and the religious establishment.

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