Tag: Luke (Gospel)

Curious George did not have a tail. The Monopoly Man does not have a monocle. There’s no hyphen in KitKat. And there is no innkeeper in this story.
They just weren’t curious. Because if they had been curious, they would have asked questions. Questions like, “Have you played a lot of darts?”
I do not fear God and to not respect the people and I do not care about the cries of some little old lady. But she’s never going to stop. So I will give her justice.
That part of the story—the part that goes, “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!”—is bananas.
You know that Easter is coming the same way that you know that a storm is coming: by the tension in the air.
One of the hard truths is that we need the hard truths. And one of the hard truths is that, far too often, we treat Jesus as a mascot.
It’s easy to make big promises when Jesus is standing right there. But Zacchaeus still needs to actually give half of his possessions to the poor and actually make restitution for his wrongs.
Maybe we imagine what happens after we die so that we can tell stories about how we should want to live.
I’d sooner gnaw my own fingers off, gouge my eyes out with a shellfish fork, and run naked down Seventh Avenue than ever betray that trust again.
But the truth… the deep down truth… the hard, difficult, arduous, burdensome, onerous, painful, troublesome, truth… is that we need Lent. Not just during the official season, but so much more often. We need it as individuals. We need it as a church. We need it as a society and a nation and a world.

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