susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

hope and justice FOR A BETTER WORLD

RESURRECTION SUNDAY: MARY MAGDALENE’S JOY

RESURRECTION SUNDAY: MARY MAGDALENE'S JOY On resurrection sunday, mary magdalene's grief turned to joy. Early Sunday morning, in the crisp, the coldest air, just before dawn, I met Mary, Joanna, and Salome at the city gate. We huddled together while we walked to...

Good friday: Mary’s heartache

GOOD FRIDAY: JESUS' DEATH & MARY'S HEARTACHE Mary reflects on Jesus' life while standing at the foot of the cross Ever since Gabriel appeared to me, when I was just a frightened teenage girl, I've pondered the miracle of a God becoming man. I actually raised the...

THURSDAY NIGHT: PETER’S DENIAL

THURSDAY NIGHT: PETER'S DENIAL Thursday night: Peter's deniES KNOWING JESUS. Everyone experiences high and low points in their spiritual journey. Mine are pretty obvious. The first high occurred while my brother Andrew and I were casting our nets out over the Sea of...

Maundy Thursday: Judas’ betrayal

Witnesses of the cross STORY #2 MAUNDY THURSDAY: JUDAS' BETRAYAL I didn't know that eventually, a day called "maundy thursday" would mark the worst mistake I ever made. That I would be known as the "Betrayer" for millennia. That fated Thursday of Passover Week, the...

PALM sunday: JOHN’S PERSPECTIVE

WITNESSES OF THE CROSS STORY #1 PALM SUNDAY: JOHN'S PERSPECTIVE SUNDAY OF THE WEEK CHRIST DIED We arrived at Lazarus’ house in Bethany 6 days before the Passover and fellowshipped with many of Jesus’ disciples there. One night, we had a dinner in Jesus’ honor at Simon...

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