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Alleluia Christ is Risen !
Alleluia Christ is Truly Risen!
We now are in the 50 days of celebrating Easter
So...continue to celebrate until we reach the end 
of the celebration on Pentecost.

Cycle C
May 19, 2019
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Will you go into the wilderness to find God?

Rev. Richard Rhor

I have come to realize that to find God I must go into the wilderness

I have come to discover that the wilderness is not necessarily a physical place or location.

For me the wilderness is the willingness to look deeply into my soul.

To you be willing to see my failures, my selfishness, my self centeredness,

My knowledge of not being able to love the enemy who is the person I disagree with, the person who gives me a hard time, the situations in my life that I do not except,

This is the wilderness

This is the place where I begin to discover God‘s great love for me and for all people...saint and sinner.

God is not scandalized by my inability to love especially to love the enemy, the one that I disagree with or the one that gives me a hard time.

This is truly the wilderness, the place where I can discover God‘s great love for me a sinner

Pray for the courage to go into this wilderness.

Why Did Jesus fold the cloth covering his Face? 

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? 
I never noticed this....

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. 

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 

She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!' 

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.. 

The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. 

He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside.

 He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? 


Is it really significant? 

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. 

The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it..

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. 

Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

The servant would then know to clear the table. 

For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,
because........... The folded napkin meant,
'I'm coming back!'