Greetings this Holy Week,
As we progress from Palm Sunday to Easter, I’m mindful of the many facets of life this story mirrors: friendship and betrayal, suffering and joy, cruelty and love, hope and despair. In one short week, Jesus goes from the “high” of entering Jerusalem, cheered by his followers, to state execution on a cross. But that’s not the end! Though the powers that be try over and over to kill the spirit of freedom, crush the life of hope, break the heart of love, and shatter the essence of joy, it never happens. They won’t die. Love lives on.
I try to remember this when I see the horrific footage of Ukrainian villages, hospitals, and train stations, knowing these scenes are repeated elsewhere across the globe. We humans find it so hard to get along! Perhaps this is why, in John’s Gospel, Jesus gives a new commandment at the Last Supper: Love One Another. Because he knew how difficult it is to do.
I hope you’ll join me for tonight’s Maundy Thursday Service and/or tomorrow’s Good Friday Vigil. Both give us the opportunity to spend time in the darker places of Holy Week, accompanying Jesus on his path of human suffering, before leaping ahead to Easter. My personal intent is to use these services to stand in solidarity with all who suffer in the world today— praying for the renewal and rebirth of each one.
I share this poem by Danna Faulds, read this week in our Wednesday Meditation Group:
Nowhere to Hide
Help me stay awake to every moment
of this day– the events I like and those
I don’t– equally welcome in my sight,
or at least not pushed away. Help me
celebrate the simple truths, the march
of clouds across blue sky, the scent of
purple hyacinths, the small green pea
shoots pushing up from seeds. If I am
made in your image and likeness, may
my heart grow wider and wider until
nothing in this world is left outside,
and I have nowhere to hide from love.
Awaiting Resurrection with You,