We are on the threshold of another Lenten Season that begins with Ash Wednesday. According to Christian tradition, Lent is a time to observe spiritual discipline to overcome temptations and confront evil.
During this season of Lent when we are confronted with temptations of materialism, temptations of the easy life and temptations of power, let us remember Jesus. Our strength comes from God, as Jesus’ strength came from God.
Many theologians and even Jesus, himself have said that the God of love and grace, justice and community is found in the margins, in the darkness.
There she was - at the well - an amazing, unnamed woman. There are some who have claimed this unnamed Samaritan woman was a powerful woman.
Sometimes the obvious is really not so obvious, and what we want to hear or see may not be what is best for the future. Samuel didn’t want to anoint a new king, and he certainly did not plan to choose the youngest and smallest of the sons of Jesse.
Young people today are looking death squarely in the face. At no other time in history have young people been so vulnerable to criminal activity, incarceration, sexual abuse, homicide, suicide, unemployment, poverty, lack of health care and homelessness.
It was Good Friday. In the wee hours of the day, Jesus stood on trial before Pilate, the Roman governor.
The presence of the women in the Easter story continues to be a marvel and a wonder to me. Of course, Jesus the Christ has center stage in the narrative; nothing should compete with his role in the story, much less succeed in supplanting him.