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Holy Thursday: “It is the Passover of the Lord” (Ex. 12:11).

The Passover: A night for remembering, retelling ancient stories, recalling who we are, for sharing a meal that takes us to the source, and the summit, of life. True for Jesus and his disciples, long ago; true for Jesus and his disciples today, this day. To remember is to encounter God: Memories of good times, especially good people, each one a blessing, each one a memory of the faithful presence of God in our lives. But even memories of bad times, difficult days, desert periods of life when we are wrapped in a cloud of unknowing – those too are memories of the God whose presence sometimes feels like absence. Tonight, with our Jewish brothers and sisters, we remember the ancient story of how

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32) No, Jesus, I’d rather not, thank you. I’ve gotten by this long with my illusions about how life is supposed to be, which therefore justify my irritation and anger when it is not. I’ve managed to protect myself by projecting my expectations upon others, and blaming them when those expectations are not met. I rather like the world of magical thinking that I can escape into when reality threatens. Give up all of that, in the name of “freedom”? I don’t think so. Can’t you offer me an easier path to salvation? But then, hasn’t salvation always required taking up the long journey to freedom? It’s right there in the Exodus story:



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