Lenten Meditations

2015 Lenten Meditations

Throughout Lent, ministry and staff members of ASC have been sharing daily meditations.  Here is a comprehensive list of the 2015 Lent meditations published throughout the ASC Ideas blog.

April 4: “Waiting to See the Resurrected Jesus” by Jeremy Langill

When I was asked to pick a couple of dates to contribute to this Lenten Meditation series, I intentionally chose one at the very beginning of Lent and one as close to Easter as possible…

April 3: “When Everything Is Cracked and Broken” by Anne Peterson

Tenebrae is the ancient service of shadows, poised between Good Friday’s crucifixion and the first service of Easter on Easter Eve. In this service we hang suspended in an in-between-time…

April 2: “An Inch at a Time” by Susan Russell

Episcopal Relief and Development, our great global partners in ministry, publish a book of Lenten Meditations every year and I was honored to be asked to contribute one for this year’s edition…

April 1: “Approaching the Cross with Joy” by Janine Schenone

I know it sounds crazy to approach “The Cross” with joy, and to be honest, it has taken me a long, long time as a Christian to make any sense of crucifixion, Good Friday, or the cross as a central event and symbol of Christianity. Why dwell on suffering?…

March 31: “Meltdown” by Jenny Tisi

I woke up and did my usual routine. I caught up on Facebook before my dogs woke me up and saw an article that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese was being recalled. When I clicked on it, I began reading the comments…

March 30: “The Both/And of Holy Week” by Susan Russell

The gospel story appointed for this Monday in Holy Week is the retelling of Mary’s extravagant outpouring of precious perfume as a gift to Jesus — a gift that earned her a tongue lashing from Judas.

March 27: “Malcolm Boyd and Finding the Holy in Holy Week” by Susan Russell

Malcolm Boyd was friend and colleague, priest and poet, preacher and activist. It is no exaggeration to say that his Are You Running With Me, Jesus? — published in 1965 — fed the hunger of a generation…

March 26: “What Is at Stake in This Moment?” by Francisco Garcia

“In every moment something sacred is at stake.” This statement from the Jewish scholar and Rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, is one of most powerful statements of faith that I have ever heard…

March 25: “To Wring Out the Light” by Anne Peterson

Having never known quite what to do with the crucifixion, I have chosen to focus more on what Jesus did during his lifetime than on his death and resurrection…

March 24: “Through Eyes That Have Cried” by Christina Honchell

Thirty-five years ago today, Archbishop Oscar Romero finished the sermon that he was preaching for the funeral of a friend’s mother and stepped behind the altar to celebrate the Eucharist…

March 23: “Transcending the Question of ‘Why?’” by John Dephouse

This past February I reached the two year point since I finished a long treatment process for a rare cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. As a “survivor” I get to reflect publicly on my story from time to time…

March 21: “Giving Up Salvation for Lent” by Ed Bacon

While working on a recent sermon on the beautiful gospel text, “For God so loved the world (John 3:16),” I used a translation that consistently uses the word, “heal,” instead of the word, “salvation”…

March 20: “Where Can You Listen?” by Jim Loduha

I recently enjoyed a moment of serenity in the unlikeliest of places: Las Vegas. Twenty-five floors below me I stared at swarms of mid-day revelers adorned with colorful Mardi Gras beads…

March 18: “For a New Beginning” by Susan Russell

And so we continue the Lenten journey. Some of us have given things up. (The rector, for example, announced on Sunday he is giving up salvation for Lent.)…

March 17: “Taking on Transition for Lent” by Ed Bacon

In his book, Transitions, William Bridges, a noted authority in transition studies writes, “Change is external; transition is internal”…

March 16: “Confidence in Love” by Sally Howard

We reach the point in the Lectionary readings this week in which Jesus knows his life is in danger…

March 14: “Giving Up Exhaustion for Lent” by Susan Russell

The ideal, of course, is that we live our lives in balance and exercise the kind of physical, emotional and spiritual self-care that keeps us from becoming exhausted…

March 13: “Wilderness” by Laura Thornton

I am drawn most years to the image of wilderness as meditative and filled with prayer. The peace and quiet of the desert is calming during Lent…

March 12: “Beyond Hope in Hope” by Janine Schenone

I have been reflecting a great deal upon hope in this Lenten season. This started when I preached on the second Sunday of Lent about the phrase “hoping against hope”…

March 11: “Choosing Being Free over Being Right” by Susan Russell

I’ve loved reading Anne Lamott since I discovered “Bird by Bird” — her “instructions on writing and life” — in 1996. Over the years I’ve found her to be inspiring and insightful…

March 10: “Retreat!” by Janine Schenone

I have just returned from directing a 3-day retreat with our 20/30s group, “Nature and the Divine.” Friday evening started with gathering to eat at La Super Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara…

March 9: “Sustain Us with Your Life-Giving Spirit” by Susan Russell

On this Monday of the third week of Lent — as we continue the forty day journey to Easter — these words from Sunday’s Eucharist continue to resonate in my heart and in my mind…

March 7: “Choosing Health” by Jenny Tisi

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard.’”  When I saw this quote from the Bible in another Lenten Meditation book, I remembered a story from 8 years ago…

March 6: “In the Lap of a Mothering God” by Anne Peterson

March 6 was my mother’s birthday. She died June 6, 1973, at age 67. I was 26, and expecting my first child. Three years later my second daughter was born on March 6…

March 5: “We Will Be Caught if We Fall” by Susan Russell

Joan Chittister has been an inspiration to me since her book “Wisdom Distilled from the Daily” found its way under my Christmas tree in 1991…

March 4: “My Guilty Pleasure” by Jenni Tisi

One of my most favorite things about where I live is how close I am to the Saturday morning Pasadena Farmer’s Market.  Since I am trying to lead a more relaxing, healthier, and mindful lifestyle, I decided that I would walk…

March 3: “Choosing a Journey through Lent over a Commute to Easter” by Susan Russell

Last year my Facebook status on Ash Wednesday read: “Wishing you a journey through Lent instead of a commute to Easter.” It got 133 comments – which I took as a sign that I was not alone in finding that a challenge…

March 2: “The Narrow Road Is Gritty, but It Isn’t Sterile” by Jon Dephouse

Author Christopher Hale used this phrase in writing about Pope Francis and Lent. Francis describes a phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference…

February 28: “Give Me Your Hand” by James Walker

In 1983 I first experienced the richness of the season of Lent. This just happened to have coincided with my arrival on staff at All Saints Church…

February 26: “A Beautiful Struggle” by Francisco Garcia

This year in Lent we reflect on the gospel of Mark’s version of Jesus’ journey into the wilderness, where he is “tempted by Satan”…

February 25: “Talking to Jesus at Night” by Janine Schenone

We rarely get glimpses of Jesus at night in the Bible. The two that come to mind are Jesus’ night in Gethsemane before his arrest, and also his late-night discussion with Nicodemus…

February 25: “Inspiration and Instrumentation” by Ed Bacon

Dr. King knew that inspiration was not enough — one needed an instrument in order to live out the vision. Jesus inspired King. Gandhi gave him the instrument of nonviolence for accomplishing Jesus’ vision…

February 23: “A Lenten Prayer from Malcolm Boyd” by Susan Russell

It is no exaggeration to say that Malcolm Boyd’s 1965 “Are You Running With Me, Jesus?” fed the hunger of a generation of people who had given up on the church…

February 21: “New Lenten Narrative” by Jeremy Langill

If I’m being truly honest with myself, I’ve always been a little conflicted about Lent. Some years I find it a helpful and sacred time of reflection…

February 20: “Everything Else Is Temptation” by Susan Russell

As we continue the journey into Lent, we will hear on Sunday the story of God naming and claiming Jesus as “beloved” at his baptism…

February 19: “No Time but the Present Moment” by Anne Peterson

In 1975 a three-months-pregnant, 27-year-old Paula D’Arcy was riding in a car with her husband and daughter when a drunk driver broad-sided them…

February 18: “The Marking of Ashes” by Sally Howard

The marking of ashes on the forehead is an ancient sacramental gesture that in one quick moment, parades the whole of life before our eyes…

 

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