Category Archives: Holy Week

And It Was Night

On this Spy Wednesday, today’s readings are capped by Matthew’s account of the betrayal of Judas. But consider the boiled down alternative in John 13:27, 30: Jesus said to Judas, “Do quickly what you are going to do.” … Judas … Continue reading

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On Psalm 71

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this psalm in my years of blogging. It appears in today’s Roman Lectionary. It might be something of a prelude to Good Friday, as it borrows the first three verses of Psalm 31 for its … Continue reading

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Not Responding As Expected

I was struck by this Commonweal piece and the citation from Antoine Leiris, author of You Will Not Have My Hate. M. Leiris picked up slack from those who accused him “of insufficient patriotism or of being too blasé about justice and … Continue reading

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Alt-Facts at the Passion Trial

Last night at Mass, I noticed this in the reading: The chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus in order to put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came … Continue reading

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Splendid Cross!

One of my favorite quotes appropriate to this holy week: How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; Paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, … Continue reading

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Veneration Outside of Liturgy

Remember our discussion last year on a place to venerate the cross after the Good Friday liturgy? Who remembered to keep the candles lit till the church closed? Is Saturday still a day to ponder the cross, or is it more … Continue reading

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Another Psalm for Good Friday

The Lectionary gives us the 31st today during the Liturgy of the Word. We sang Psalm 22 this past weekend, as we do every Palm Sunday. A few of you readers may know of my regard for Psalm 69, last … Continue reading

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