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Much of life is lived somewhere between this and that.

We know what has been, but are unsure what is to come next. We are familiar with the past; the future stands before us, mostly unknown.

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It is difficult to know how to even begin trying to really connect with small children about Good Friday. How do you convey something of the reality of the cross to children under ten years old. Each year for the past few Good Fridays, I have written a story to try to communicate some sense of what Good Friday might mean with the children at church.

This year’s story was called “A Jewish Carpenter’s Son.” It is told in the voice of nine year old Jacob. It attempts to portray Good Friday. But I admit it slips over into Easter.
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“Loves Journey”

On May 21, 1996 seven French Trappist monks were assassinated in Algeria. They were victims of the vicious civil war that had been ravaging the country they loved since 1992.

Human relationships are painful. We let each other down, betray each other, deny each other. We all fail to live according to our richest, most noble nature even with those we love most deeply. There are times we may find ourselves in sympathy with Sartre’s assessment that “Hell is other people.”
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The French film “Of Gods and Men” will be showing in Victoria at UVic’s Cinecenta. Movie times at http://www.cinecenta.com/Default.aspx

This is a powerful and beautiful film.

I have posted a study guide at:
http://www.stphilips.bc.ca/PDFs/MOVIE-20110420Study-Guide2.pdf

The events of this Holy Week are filled with sadness. At every turn tragedy is evident.
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There is a curious detail in the story of Palm Sunday that occurs only in Luke’s Gospel.
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There are a number of minor characters who appear in the Passion narratives in all four gospels. They seldom get much attention. So this Lent I want to try to see these invisible people of the Passion and imagine events through their eyes.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. (Mark 15:42,43)

Of course he was dead. Everyone knows you do not survive Roman crucifixion. We are efficient when it comes to killing. We leave nothing to chance.
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There are a number of minor characters who appear in the Passion narratives in all four gospels. They seldom get much attention. So this Lent I want to try to see these invisible people of the Passion and imagine events through their eyes.

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem. (Mark 15:40,41)

I had been with him off and on for a year. As a childless widow, I was a woman always vulnerable. But around him I felt safe.
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In the series of six addresses presented as part of this past Lent’s Noon Forum series at the Church of St. John the Divine on Quadra in Victoria, there was a frequent call for the church to move in radically new directions. The specifics of what that new direction might look like were never clearly articulated. This is perhaps inevitable as the thing we are becoming has yet to emerge.
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