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Alleluia! Christ is risen.
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died. [Read more…]
Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too
are full of paradox: like Peter, we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God. We wave
palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on
the cross. We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, this story proclaims God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that we might also be raised with him to new life.
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved children. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.
In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.