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BEFORE THE CROSS | Glory is manifested equally in trials and victory

They plotted to kill him.

Four times, in one form or another, that phrase comes up in this week's readings. It's used in reference to the prophet Jeremiah, Jesus, Joseph and his coat of many colors, and finally the son of the landowner in one of Jesus' parables.

It raises a question for us: How do we think of "glory?"

Often, when we think of glory, we're only thinking of victory: the victory of an athletic team, success at a job, the glory of the Resurrection.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | La gloria celestial hace que el sacrificio y la disciplina de la Cuaresma valgan la pena

¿Está siguiendo los Juegos Olímpicos?

Los medallistas olímpicos a menudo nos dicen que su éxito hace que sus sacrificios valgan la pena. A medida que entramos en la segunda semana de Cuaresma esta reflexión nos hace plantearnos una pregunta. La gloria del cielo no puede ser menor que la gloria de una medalla olímpica. ¿Qué sacrificios está dispuesto a hacer para llegar hasta allá?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Lenten discipline counteracts belief that our desires define us

Lent begins this week. What's your plan?

Sometimes our Lenten disciplines feel pretty random. We give up chocolate, or beer, or whatever — not because of any intrinsic value in them, but just because we feel like we should give something up. The apparent randomness can become an argument — sometimes from others, sometimes in our own minds — against keeping up the discipline. Does it really matter?

I'm all for well-chosen Lenten disciplines. But even apparently random disciplines have tremendous value for ourselves and our world, and we should hold fast to them.


BEFORE THE CROSS | Reacting with faith means proclaiming Jesus is Lord

How do you react? The readings this week ask us this question.

David's son Absalom, started a rebellion and David had to flee for his life. While he was fleeing, a man came to meet him, cursing David for all of the bloodshed. The royal guards wanted to lop the man's head off. But how did David react? He told his soldiers that maybe God had sent the man. After all, it was the truth: David was reaping the fruit of his own sins. He accepted the judgment of God, and hoped that a time of blessing might come after.

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