Lent Week 3: Self Is Finished

We began our Lenten journey this year by going straight to the end, where Jesus, in his dying moments on the cross, uttered a single word “Tetelestai” (no idea if that is the correct spelling but that will have to do).  This word translates into English as “It is finished”. But what is finished?  Several…

Lent Week 2: Sin Is Finished

We began our Lenten journey this year by going straight to the end, where Jesus, in his dying moments on the cross, uttered a single word “Tetelestai” (no idea if that is the correct spelling but that will have to do).  This word translates into English as “It is finished”. But what is finished?  Several…

Lent Week 1: The System Is Finished

We began our Lenten journey this year by going straight to the end, where Jesus, dying on the cross, spoke the last word of his earthly existence.  A single word “Tetelestai” (don’t know the correct spelling so that will have to do), which changed everything.  Translated into English, it becomes three words:  It is finished.…

Ash Wednesday: It All Begins at the End

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Lenten season. Lent is the forty days before Easter.  Start at Easter, back up six Sundays, then back up a few more days to the Wednesday before, and you get to Ash Wednesday.  That’s actually forty-six days.  Back out the six Sundays, which are treated as…

Les Miserables 86: The Grandeur of Despair

Last time we caught up with Marius and followed his despondent journey from the Rue Plumet where he had failed to meet Cosette, to the barricade where his friends were.  We tracked with Victor Hugo as he painstakingly related Marius’s itinerary through Paris, and experienced a breathtaking description of the city on the verge of…