The Jewish Passover and the Christian celebration of Holy Week that evolved from it, begin this week. During this sacred time let us remember Jesus, whom Matthew saw as the fulfillment of the Hebrew prophets – the new Moses, the Prince of Peace, and yes, the suffering servant.
This week, we remember a man. A man…
who had dreams,
who had those dreams shattered,
who needed time to think and pray,
who knew he was likely to die for what he believed…
A man of extraordinary religious insight. A man who did die – a cruel death.
This week, we look at the cross, and we remember…
the betrayal of friendship and its consequences,
the casual cruelty of Roman authority and execution,
and how unreliable others proved to be in a crisis.
This week, may we also remember that religious bigotry, cruelty and unreliability are still a part of our everyday lives.
This week then, may we learn some new precepts for living…
do not avoid contact with suffering, or close your eyes before suffering;
do not maintain anger or hatred;
do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest, or to impress people;
do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature…
This week we remember, as we journey through death into new life.
See you on Easter Sunday! Blessings, Pastor Laurie