Palm Sunday is about a different vision for the world, marked by justice, compassion, and peace, instead of injustice, oppression, and violence. Holy Week begins by asking us to choose which world we will live in.
One of the things I love most about the Bible is that after almost thirty-eight years it continues to surprise me.
As we approach the beginning of Lent I am reminded of how difficult it can be to find a litany for Ash Wednesday...
This year I created a litany for our Ash Wednesday gathering at MCC. I felt compelled to do this, because many of the confessions that are available (to my knowledge) tend to be anti-human. They play into a negative and unhelpful theology that says being human is a bad thing. Yet, in the scriptures, God … Continue reading Letting Go & Letting Come: An Ash Wednesday Litany
[Mark 16v1-8] Sunrise. The first day of a new week. Dawn brings the women, the faithful who never left him. The pain of Friday still fresh in their hearts And on their faces. Unexpected scene. Stone rolled back, Jesus' body is missing! A messenger of God brings Good News: He is not here, He has … Continue reading Resurrection Sunday
Silence. Darkness. Dreams crushed, Hope lost, Despair. The agent of God's kingdom On earth as it is in heaven Lay behind the stone. How will we go on? Holy Week continues...
[Mark 15] A clash of two kingdoms. God against Caesar. What shall be done with the Messiah? Crucify him! Mocked and beaten, led out to slaughter. The cross is heavy. The Messiah hanging Between two thieves. Insults hurled. Alone and forsaken. Why God? A sponge soaked with wine, A cry-filled last breath. The curtain is … Continue reading Good Friday