Jan Richardson’s film of music, art, and the Seven Last Words of Jesus can be seen here: LISTENING AT THE CROSS.
At Pathways this morning, this image cut me to the quick. Jesus is saying his goodbyes and caring for his loved ones, as those with presence in dying universally do. The mother and son are held in the embrace of Belovedness.
Colleague David Moser shares these reflections as we face the cross:
“For our struggle is not against enemies of flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
Linda Brown died on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas. She was 76 years old. When Linda was a third grader her father tried to enroll her in an all white school just blocks from her house in Topeka. Her application to attend the school was denied, Continue reading
This is the first Holy Week for which I have not “been in charge” (HAH!) for nearly thirty years. As a ministering person, this is a most intense week of responsibility. But here I find myself with response-ability afresh. What does this week of remembrance, the heart of Christian Wisdom, offer?
A friend posted the suggestion to practice SURRENDER this week. At first glance, surrender calls up the image of playing war with my brothers and needing to come our of hiding, waiving a white flag, and being taken prisoner. Being a loser. Dying.
Jesus reframes surrender in this Holy Week as he gives himself in full abandonment to love humanity to the core. Even the rotten core. Continue reading