Feast of the Annunciation – Br. Mark Brown

Luke 1:26-38

One way of praying with scripture is what is sometimes called Ignatian meditation—after St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.  In this way of praying we put ourselves into the story as one of the characters and begin to imagine all the details—a kind of cinematography of the mind. Continue reading

Jesus’ tears; our tears – Br. Curtis Almquist

Lent V

John 11:1-44

There is a curious phenomenon that has filled much of our media in the last weeks, in the last year.  It is not a new thing.  It has an intensity, very powerful and yet often silent, uncontrollable, sometimes endless, mysterious, revealing, deeply moving.  It is universal.  And that is the presence of tears. Continue reading

A Most Beautiful Nutshell – Br. Mark Brown

Ezekiel 47:1-9,12/Psalm 46:1-8/John 5:1-18

Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a festival of the Jews because he was, of course, Jewish–and going up to Jerusalem was what you did.  Jesus and his disciples were Jewish and thought of themselves as such—the divorce between church and synagogue was still some decades away.  Jesus and his followers were still very much grounded in the Jewish tradition. Continue reading