Reflections for April 13, 2014
I believe—if I am to believe Jesus—that God is suffering love. If we are created in God’s image and if there is this much suffering in the world, then God must also be suffering. How else can we understand the revelation of the cross? —Richard Rohr
These words of Richard Rohr help us understand how we are to approach Holy Week. Holy Week reenacts the last week of Jesus’ life, from his celebratory arrival in Jerusalem to his last meal with the disciples, the betrayal of Judas, Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion and the dark quiet from Saturday to Sunday.
I want to encourage you to spend time this week reconnecting with the story of the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Come by the church and walk prayerfully through the Stations of the Cross. Reread the last chapters of one of the Gospels and try to imagine yourself as one of Jesus’ disciples. Look at the events through their eyes. What do you see? What do you feel?
Come to the service on Thursday evening and experience the love and humility of foot-washing and join your community of faith friends as we share in the meal Jesus offered to his disciples, inviting them and us to “remember me.” Be with us on Good Friday and hear the story of Jesus’ death and as we process the cross to the front lawn, remember that God is suffering love.