Gathered Wisdom, April 4, 2023

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

This issue of Gathered Wisdom is devoted to Holy Week – for Christians the holiest week of the year culminating in the glorious Day of Resurrection, Easter.

GW will take an Easter break next week and return on April 18.

Spring teaches me to look more carefully for the green stems of possibility: for the intuitive hunch that may turn into a larger insight, for the glance or touch that may thaw a frozen relationship, for the stranger’s act of kindness that makes the world seem hospitable again.

-Parker Palmer, There is a Season

Found in Well for the Journey

Holy Week: The Big Event

“Unless we walk through the darkness of Holy Week and Good Friday, unless we recognize the horror of sin and its consequence of Jesus dying on the cross, unless we experience the despair the disciples felt on Holy Saturday, we can’t fully understand the light and hope of Sunday morning.” – Kathleen Stephens

Read the reflection.

From The Upper Room.

The Sign of Jonah

Richard Rohr recalls Jesus saying the only sign he would give is the “sign of Jonah” (Matt 16:4) What does that mean for Holy Week?

Watch the video (12 min).

From the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Lent for Everyone

N. T. Wright wonders in this video if Jesus experienced doubt about who he was when the crowd taunted , “If you are the son of God . . . ”

Watch the short video (2 min).

From the Society for Promoting Cristian Knowledge (SPCK).

Prayers, Poems, and Meditations

The days of Holy Week are “pregnant with the immanence of God,” says The Rev. Dr. Paul Hooker of Austin Presbyterian Seminary. In this online booklet, prayers, poems, and meditations draw us in to connect with God’s closeness in Holy Week.

Read the online booklet.

From Austin Presbyterian Seminary.

Easter Light

The earth was dark twice, says Fr. Ron Rolheiser. Once at the original creation and again on Good Friday afternoon. In the second, “God created the most staggering light of all – the resurrection.”

Read the reflection.

From the blog of Ron Rolheiser.

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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Gathered Wisdom and The Wisdom Years ministry wish you a blessed Holy Week and joyous Easter.

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