Tag Archives: Lent 2019

Holy Week — The harrowing

Joseph saw him first, the man who was an unexpected baby, boy in a carpenter’s shop, John, recently passed, recognized his cousin, playmate, friend rising from the Jordan with a dove in his hair. Then perhaps Abel, dead since the … Continue reading

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Holy Week — Magi’s return

It was so long ago — a camel’s life. Balthazar, Melchior and I saw the star, met near the Euphrates gardens then month after month we rode, traveling all night to Roman territory, Judea. We stopped in Jerusalem to see … Continue reading

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Holy Week: Passover pilgrim

Only men need to go to Jerusalem for Passover, but Mary went as often as she could, usually for safety with other Nazarenes since her Joseph died. She was there all this week — saw the parade, heard about the … Continue reading

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Holy Week: The Original Tenebrae

I suppose you wonder why someone my age was out in the middle of the night. I’m Joanna. Nickname — Joanna-Always-a-Bridesmaid. This time it was Hannah – we’re not close, but we are cousins. There were ten of us bridesmaids … Continue reading

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Holy Week: In the Inn

Simon had just checked in and told the boys they could see the sites as soon as they washed and ate. He’d come often from Cyrene, to trade in the deeply desired medicine called silphium, but this was the first … Continue reading

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Turbulence

When I got on the plane, the pilot said that the last three hours would be so turbulent the attendants would stay seated. And he was right, then when I arrived in California the night’s earthquake was under-danger-level but so … Continue reading

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Maps or Waze

God, I have maps of the past — from childhood memories of Treasure Island, Neverland, or Middle Earth, to crisp folds of a AAA vacation — and I have the immediacy of online directions. It is such different traveling — … Continue reading

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