Welcome to St. Luke’s Lenten Blog

From February 17 thru April 4 parishioners of St. Luke’s will be sharing their reflections on the daily readings. 
 We invite you to click on any of the reflections below and enjoy.

Experience the unimaginable

Experience the unimaginable

Home > Lenten Blog Experience the unimaginable April 4, 2021 Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 25:6-9 | 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or Acts 10:34-43John 20:1-18 or Mark 16:1-8 | Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24This is the Lord's doing,and it is marvellous in our eyes.– (Psalm 118:23)When...

This Easter, a homecoming.

This Easter, a homecoming.

Home > Lenten Blog This Easter, a homecoming. April 3, 2021 This photo by unknown author is licensed under CC BY-SAGenesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation]  |  Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13 [The Flood]  |  Genesis 22:1-18 [Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac]  | ...

Light through the Darkness

Light through the Darkness

Home > Lenten Blog Light through the DarknessApril 2, 2021 Isaiah 52:13-53:12 |Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 | John 18:1-19:42 | Psalm 22Growing up in an Irish/Catholic household, Good Friday was spent eating very little and being in church. I never...

The good things are ahead.

The good things are ahead.

Home > Lenten Blog The good things are ahead. March 31, 2021 Isaiah 50:4-9a | Hebrews 12:1-3 | John 13:21-32 | Psalm 70In a recent sermon Rev. Tanya mentioned that profound things often come from the children.  It reminded me of a question that was asked in an RSCM...

Become children of light

Become children of light

Home > Lenten Blog Become children of lightMarch 30, 2021 Isaiah 49:1-7 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 | John 12:20-36 | Psalm 71:1-14 “Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are...

Filled with hope and the light of Christ

Filled with hope and the light of Christ

Home > Lenten Blog Filled with hope and the light of ChristMarch 29, 2021 Isaiah 42:1-9 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | John 12:1-11 | Psalm 36:5-11Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace.What does...

Two different worlds at once.

Two different worlds at once.

Home > Lenten Blog Two different worlds at once.March 28, 2021 Isaiah 50:4-9a | Philippians 2:5-11 | Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, [40-47] | Psalm 31:9-16One of the most amazing and wondrous experiences of my life happened several years ago while hiking in the...

God, Diana Ross and Caiaphas on Finding Home

God, Diana Ross and Caiaphas on Finding Home

Home > Lenten Blog God, Diana Ross and Caiaphas on Finding HomeMarch 27, 2021 Ezekiel 37:21–28 | John 11:45–53 | Psalm 85:1–7I first read the selections of readings for Saturday, the Fifth Week of Lent, a couple of weeks back. While procrastinating the actual...

From jeremiad to joy

From jeremiad to joy

Home > Lenten Blog From jeremiad to joyMarch 26, 2021 Jeremiah 20:7-13 | John 10:31-42 | Psalm 18:1-7How “down in the mouth” was Jeremiah, author of today’s first reading? So down, he inspired the modern word “jeremiad,” which means “a prolonged mournful...

I feel something new: hope.

I feel something new: hope.

Home > Lenten Blog I feel something new: hope. March 25, 2021 Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS: “Annunciation Quilt”Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 45 or Psalm 40:5-10 or Canticle 15 (or 3) | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Luke 1:26-38Some years it feels strange and jarring to celebrate the...

Truth

Truth

Home > Lenten Blog TruthMarch 24, 2021 Daniel 3:14–20,24–28 | John 8:31–42 | Canticle [2] or 13The first couple of lines from John 8:31-42 made me think about how often we are prisoners – slaves even – of our own beliefs. We even suffer for those beliefs and yet we...

A Very Snaky Predicament

A Very Snaky Predicament

Home > Lenten Blog A Very Snaky PredicamentMarch 23, 2021 Numbers 21:4–9 | John 8:21–30 | Psalm 102:15–22 Today’s Old Testament reading from the Book of Numbers recounts a scene from the Israelites 40-year journey through the wilderness following their liberation...

On Forgiveness

On Forgiveness

Home > Lenten Blog On ForgivenessMarch 22, 2021 Susanna [1–9,15–29,34–40],41-62 | John 8:1–11 or John 8:12–20 | Psalm 23When I read these scriptures about justice, what came immediately to mind was our study in Adult Formation of Chapter 1 of Seven Last Words, by...

God is with us though prayer.

God is with us though prayer.

Home > Lenten Blog God is with us though prayer. March 21, 2021 Jeremiah 31:31-34 | Hebrews 5:5-10 | John 12:20-33 | Psalm 51:1-13Psalm 51:1-13 talks about all kinds of things we have done wrong in God’s sight and how we want to make them right. Prayer is one way...

God’s spirit is infinite.

God’s spirit is infinite.

Home > Lenten Blog God’s spirit is infinite.March 20, 2021 Jeremiah 11:18–20 | John 7:37–52 | Psalm 7:6–11John 7:37–52“On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the...

God is focused on being faithful to us

God is focused on being faithful to us

Home > Lenten Blog God is focused on being faithful to us March 19, 2021 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16  | Romans 4:13-18 | Luke 2:41-52 | Psalm 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29For I am persuaded that your love is established for ever;you have set your faithfulness firmly in the...

Worshiping the Golden Calf

Worshiping the Golden Calf

Home > Lenten Blog Worshiping the Golden Calf March18, 2021 Exodus 32:7–14 | John 5:30–47  | Psalm 106:6–7,19–23They have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it.I suppose having grown up with the Charlton Heston...

Reach out and share

Reach out and share

Home > Lenten Blog Reach out and shareMarch 17, 2021 Isaiah 49:8–15  |  Psalm 145:8–19  |  John 5:19–29 They shall feed along the ways,on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;they shall not hunger or thirst,neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them...

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God

Home > Lenten Blog There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God March 16, 2021 Ezekiel 47:1–9,12 | John 5:1–18 | Psalm 46:1–8Water flows through these readings, sometimes gently and sometimes with a powerful rush, but always moving, not stagnant. Its...

A Short Testament, a poem by Anne Porter

A Short Testament, a poem by Anne Porter

Home > Lenten Blog A Short Testament, a poem by Anne Porter March 15, 2021 Isaiah 65:17–25 | John 4:43–54 | Psalm 30:1–6,11–13Whatever harm I may have doneIn all my life in all your wide creationIf I cannot repair itI beg you to repair it,And then there are all the...

God so loved the world

God so loved the world

Home > Lenten Blog God so loved the world March 14, 2021 Numbers 21:4-9 | Ephesians 2:1-10 | John 3:14-21 | Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” –...

Steadfast Love

Steadfast Love

Home > Lenten Blog Steadfast LoveMarch 13, 2021 Hosea 6:1–6 | Luke 18:9–14 | Psalm 51:15–20New Year’s resolutions for me last about two hours; my Lenten disciplines may be maintained for two days before I forget or give up. My self-discipline is sorely lacking, and...

God is speaking to me. Can’t let this one go to voicemail!

God is speaking to me. Can’t let this one go to voicemail!

Home > Lenten Blog God is speaking to me. Can’t let this one go to voicemail! March 12, 2021 Hosea 14:1–9  | Psalm 81:8–14  | Mark 12:28–34Hosea 14:1-9An Old Testament prophet, Hosea – Hebrew for “help” or “salvation” – lived around 750 BC in the kingdom of Israel....

God ask us to be with Him

God ask us to be with Him

Home > Lenten Blog God ask us to be with Him March 11, 2021 Jeremiah 7:23–28 | Luke 11:14–23 | Psalm 95:6–11Jeremiah was a bullfrog.Was a good friend of mine?Never understood a single word he saidBut we always had a mighty sad time.When I received the readings I...

Raising my ‘feisty quotient’

Raising my ‘feisty quotient’

Home > Lenten Blog Raising my ‘feisty quotient’ March 10, 2021 Deuteronomy 4:1–2,5–9 | Matthew 5:17–19 | Psalm 78:1–6For some reason, my first pass at these readings raised my ‘feisty quotient.’ In the Old Testament reading, Moses urges us to “make [the statutes...

Could lovingly forgiving someone else enable me to love myself?

Could lovingly forgiving someone else enable me to love myself?

Home > Lenten Blog Could lovingly forgiving someone else enable me to love myself?March 9, 2021 Song of the Three Young Men 2–4,11–20a | Matthew 18:21–35 | Psalm 25:3–10Matthew 18:21-35Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins...

’Wash, and be clean‘

’Wash, and be clean‘

Home > Lenten Blog ’Wash, and be clean‘March 8, 2021 2 Kings 5:1–15b | Luke 4:23–30 | Psalm 42:1–7 It’s the imagery of water that catches my attention; how tempting is that thought? That we can dive under, feel the cool energy, and emerge into the sunlight, pure as...

Rules and Commandments

Rules and Commandments

Home > Lenten Blog Rules and CommandmentsMarch 7, 2021 Exodus 20:1-17 | 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 | John 2:13-22 | Psalm 19Throughout the many stages of life one meets the rules prescribed for that age and that moment. It is our response and adherence to these rules in...

Our trials are His way of perfecting our patience.

Our trials are His way of perfecting our patience.

Home > Lenten Blog Our trials are His way of perfecting our patience.March 6, 2021 Micah 7:14–15,18–20 | Luke 15:11–32 | Psalm 103:1–4(5–8)9–12While reading the gospel for today, I was reminded of one of my favorite reflections: Love Ever Gives, Forgives,...

Who saw that coming?

Who saw that coming?

Home > Lenten Blog Who saw that coming? March 5, 2021 Genesis 37:3–4,12–28 | Matthew 21:33–43 | Psalm 105:16–22At first sight we when we look at the Gospel reading and the first reading from Genesis, we can think to ourselves, what is going on here? Or maybe, what...

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

Home > Lenten Blog Thursday in the Second Week of LentMarch 4, 2021 Jeremiah 17:5–10 | Luke 16:19–31 | Psalm 1I hope you all had a chance to read the lesson from the Gospel of Luke appointed for today. It is one in a string of parables Jesus shared with his...

“How about love. Measure in Love.”

“How about love. Measure in Love.”

Home > Lenten Blog “How about love. Measure in Love.” March 3, 2021 Jeremiah 18:1–11,18–20 | Matthew 20:17–28 | Psalm 31:9–16“My times are in your hand”– Psalm 31:15390     The number of days since I have had my hair cut357     The number of days since I have been...

Seek Justice and Rescue the Oppressed

Seek Justice and Rescue the Oppressed

Home > Lenten Blog Seek Justice and Rescue the OppressedMarch 2, 2021 Isaiah 1:2–4,16–20 | Matthew 23:1–12 | Psalm 50:7–15,22–24We are spending the winter in Georgia as we have for many years.As has been much in the news, Georgia has a long history of Black voter...

Sliding over into the passenger seat and letting God drive.

Sliding over into the passenger seat and letting God drive.

Home > Lenten Blog Sliding over into the passenger seat and letting God drive.March 1, 2021 Daniel 9:3–10 | Luke 6:27–38 | Psalm 79:1–9 Lent means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some, it means “giving up” something…Usually something a...

Break open (your heart) and never close again to the rest of the world.

Break open (your heart) and never close again to the rest of the world.

Home > Lenten Blog Break open (your heart) and never close again to the rest of the world. February 28, 2021 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 | Romans 4:13-25 | Mark 8:31-38 | Psalm 22:22-30“He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my...

What is the path to the kingdom of heaven?

What is the path to the kingdom of heaven?

Home > Lenten Blog What is the path to the kingdom of heaven? February 26, 2021 Ezekiel 18:21–28 | Matthew 5:20–26 | Psalm 130My spaghetti comes in a box. (I hope you intrepid souls who make your own pasta will bear with my analogy.) When my spaghetti comes out of...

“The Field of Blood”

“The Field of Blood”

Home > Lenten Blog “The Field of Blood”February 24, 2021 Acts 1:15-26 | Philippians 3:13-21 | John 15:1,6-16 | Psalm 15Acts 1: “… (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels...

Seeking reconciliation is inextricably linked with a will to understand

Seeking reconciliation is inextricably linked with a will to understand

Home > Lenten Blog Seeking reconciliation is inextricably linked with a will to understand February 23, 2021 Isaiah 55:6–11 | Matthew 6:7–15 | Psalm 34:15–22For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the...

“The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever.”

“The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever.”

Home > Lenten Blog “The fear of the Lord is clean and endures forever.”February 22, 2021 Leviticus 19:1–2,11–18 | Matthew 25:31–46 | Psalm 19:7–14The fear of the Lord is cleanand endures for ever;the judgments of the Lord are trueand righteous altogether.- Psalm...

So what is this Lent?

So what is this Lent?

Home > Lenten Blog So what is this Lent? February 21, 2021 Robert and Georgie Girl, 1968Genesis 9: 8-17 | Psalm 25: 1-9 | 1 Peter 3: 18-22 | Mark 1: 9-15 Lent for me is a time of reflection. Some days are filled with joy. Others, with despair.We humans have many...

Preparing a Banquet

Preparing a Banquet

Home > Lenten Blog Preparing a Banquet February 20, 2021  Isaiah 58:9b–14 | Luke 5:27–32 | Psalm 86:1–11We’re only four days into Lent – a time of solemnity and abstinence. But today’s gospel has me thinking about parties. You remember parties… where people gather...

Start conversations. Ask questions. Explain why.

Start conversations. Ask questions. Explain why.

Home > Lenten Blog Start conversations. Ask questions. Explain why. February 19, 2021 Isaiah 58:1–9a | Matthew 9:10–17 | Psalm 51:1–10Might these days of Covid-19 during Lent of 2021 occasionally echo those befuddling days when – instead of fasting in sackcloth and...

But who do you say that I am?

But who do you say that I am?

Home > Lenten Blog But who do you say that I am?February 18, 2021 Deuteronomy 30:15–20 |Luke 9:18–25 | Psalm 1 Luke 9: 18-25 In The Gospel for my blog entry, Jesus asks his disciples two questions; "Who do the crowds say that I am?" and "But who do you say that I...

Matthew 6:1, 5-6

Matthew 6:1, 5-6

Home > Lenten Blog Matthew 6: 1, 5-6 February 17, 2021 Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 | 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 | Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 | Psalm 103:8-14 Matthew 6:1, 5-6 Jesus said, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for...

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