Journey Through Lent: Day 38 (Maundy Thursday)

You can also find this post here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/maundy-thursday-and-the-love-mandate_b_2941615.html The most common question I get asked during Holy Week is about this night, the Thursday before Easter. People get Palm Sunday, and Good Friday, and Easter, but tonight, Maundy Thursday, is unclear. … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 38 (Maundy Thursday)

Journey Through Lent: Days 35-37 (Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week)

Today is my weekly pastor’s sabbath. It’s the one day each week that I try to keep completely devoid of parish-related work. Except for emergencies, I don’t do anything pastoral. But tomorrow my “work week” starts again. And this is my busiest week of the year. It’s Holy Week, and in the run-up to Easter there are Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services to plan an officiate, Easter egg hunts to organize, Easter Sunday preparations to be made, and a seemingly never-ending list of details that need to be crossed off between now and Sunday. It’s hard to sit here … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Days 35-37 (Monday through Wednesday of Holy Week)

Journey Through Lent: Days 33-34

When we think about our lives, and we think about our life budget, not just our financial budget, but the whole real thing of our time and talents and heart and compassion, is it balanced? I ask that like there’s a finite limit of resources there, and like they all have to be put in the right line items, but things like love and compassion are not finite, so let me rephrase: does the budget of your life reflect the sort of person you believe God is calling you to be? If you were to look at where what you … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Days 33-34

Journey Through Lent: Day 32

Many Christians are preparing for Easter, which is coming up in just a few days on March 31st. It’s one of the few things that Christians churches agree on and celebrate in common, and on Easter Sunday every church in this valley will be celebrating the good news of new life. But as universally true as that might sound not all Christian churches will be celebrating on the 31st. Orthodox Christians, the second largest Christian denominational group after Roman Catholics, won’t be celebrating Easter until May 5th. Orthodox Christians follow a different calendar from Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians, which … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 32

Journey Through Lent: Days 24-28

Note: Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I’m catching up after being quite sick. The cardinals appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, and announced that they had chosen Jorge Bergoglio to be the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. And then they announced his newly-chosen name: Francis. The symbolism was not lost on those of us who are modern-day fans of a twelfth century saint. St. Francis of Assisi valued humility, simplicity, compassion, and care for the poor. The religious order he founded, the Franciscans, has continued his work for centuries, … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Days 24-28