Spirituality

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

March 22, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Sixth Station of the Cross A woman in the crowd, moved by love, came up to Jesus to wipe away the dirt, sweat, and blood from his face. Someone steps forward to show Jesus just a little kindness, and he offers her the imprint of his face. One act of charity makes possible a response of love and gratitude. The imprint of Jesus’ face on Veronica’s cloth is...

Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

March 19, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Fifth Station of the Cross When Jesus seemed to lack the strength to continue on, it was Simon who stepped forward to help carry the cross. Perhaps he was compelled by the Roman soldiers to come forward, but nonetheless it was he who stood next to Jesus to help lighten the load. It was his actions that helped Jesus carry on and fulfill God’s will. Stewardship sometimes dictates...

Jesus Meets his Mother

March 15, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Fourth Station of the Cross How does a mother find the courage and strength to watch her child suffer and then be executed? Why should a mother ever be asked to do such a thing? Our Lady was there throughout her son’s turmoil. They comforted each other the best they could on that road to Golgotha. It is hard to imagine the pain in her eyes seeing her...

Glory and Sacrifice

March 13, 2019  •   Anna Carter For Sunday, March 17th, 2019  2nd Sunday of Lent  Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Philippians 3:17—4:1 Luke 9:28b-36 Our contemporary American culture has a complicated relationship with sacrifice. Historically, our nation was built on it. Today we honor veterans, first responders, and others who risk their own lives for others. The concepts of taking gambles and working hard endure in the popular imagination. An entrepreneurial culture of gambling innovation is embraced by mainstream...

Jesus Falls the First Time

March 12, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Third Station of the Cross The weight of the wood, especially after the physical punishment at the hands of the Romans, was so great that Jesus fell to the ground. It was not the fall that was most significant, but instead, the fact that he got back up. It must have seemed like the weight of the world on his shoulders, but Jesus stood up again to continue...

Jesus Carries His Cross

March 8, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The Second Station of the Cross Jesus placed heavy wood upon his shoulders and began a journey through the streets toward the place they named Golgotha. He certainly knew what awaited him there. Who would have blamed him if he offered some resistance? He could have shown the authorities that they had no real power over him. But instead, Jesus accepted his cross in spite of the fact that...

Lenten Reflections

JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH March 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver The First Station of the Cross What more can one give than his or her life? Few ever have such a price asked of them. Jesus gave everything he had for sinners like you and me, but we have always been more than sinners to him. We have been brother, sister, son, daughter, and friend. Who is your sibling, son or daughter, or friend?...

Resisting Temptation

March 6, 2019  •   Rev. Mark Suslenko For Sunday, March 10th, 2019  1st Sunday of Lent  Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 Our Church and our world are going through painful times. For our Church, the ongoing revelations of the sex abuse crisis are disturbing, discouraging, and sad. Feelings of betrayal and anger are commonly expressed, and many are disillusioned, lacking joy and without a concrete sense of hope. For our world, there are still great...

This Lent, Give up and Give In

March 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver It will take too long. I can’t spare it. I don’t know anybody. I am just too busy. How many excuses can you think of to put forth as reasons why you should say no to the call of Jesus Christ? Wait. You didn’t know to whom those responses were directed? We say no to many things and many people, but we wouldn’t say no to Jesus. Really? During...

A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Is Pope Francis likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer? What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look … 1) Is Pope Francis...