The Very Reverend Todd Donatelli

Holy Saturday: Sitting with Death

John 19:38-42 Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first … Read More

Good Friday: Violence and Choices

John 19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, … Read More

Maundy Thursday: Human Closeness and Love

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them … Read More

Wednesday in Holy Week: Trust

John 13:21-32 At supper with his friends, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of … Read More

Tuesday in Holy Week:  Vulnerability, Common Good, Death and Life

John 12:20-36 Among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip … Read More

Monday in Holy Week: Two Kinds of Cords

John 12:1-11 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at … Read More

The Sacred Dissonance of Easter and its Gift

Each Easter season I feel the dissonance between our tradition-informed liturgical behaviors and our Gospel texts. We arrive Easter Sunday to grand displays of flowers, to boisterous and triumphant music, … Read More

Letter of Declaration, Sanctuary, and Lent

Dear All Souls Family, First, let me offer my appreciation for those of you who were able to communicate with me either through email or by phone since my last blog regarding the recent Declaration of … Read More

Welcoming the Alien and Stranger - Immigration and Contemplation

Dear All Souls family, For the past five years, Maria (not her real name) has been meeting weekly with a group of fellow mothers and grandmothers at a nearby church for discussion and support around matters … Read More

Lent Is our Communal Pilgrimage out of Death

“Be not afraid.” Immigration. Human trafficking. Rising sea levels and harsh weather patterns. International terrorism. Domestic terrorism. Inflamed racism. Nationalism. Generational poverty. Opioids. … Read More

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