Tag Archives: Nicodemus

Original amnesia

The season of Lent isn’t what it used to be. It has drifted off course. It has become what the familiar Ash Wednesday scriptures set it up to be, a season “of darkness and gloom” calling us to return to God “with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning” (Joel 2:1-2). This sackcloth-and-ashes version of Lent […]

Come and see

“Come and see,” Jesus said to those would-be followers who wanted to know where he was staying, and they came and saw, or so the story goes (John 1:39). But often seeing is not as easy as that. I can look and look at what is obvious to someone else and not see a thing. […]

Moving down in the world

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,” Lewis Carroll wrote. “Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” It’s a topsy-turvy world, a through-the-looking-glass reality where everything is […]

On growing toward wholeness

Like a menu from a New Jersey diner, there’s something for everyone in what we know as the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). We could look at it through the lens of the elder son, who followed the rules and did what was expected of him, and we could understand his irritation when […]

Into the Promised Land

Forty-one of you responded to my challenge last week, to complete the sentence, “Before I die, I want to . . . .” I had quoted Thomas Merton: “If you want to identify me, . . . ask me what I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me […]