These Important Days

Posted by Ruth Beresford on

We approach the most important days in the life of the Church. It is the reason we are the Church: to witness the death and resurrection of Jesus, who is Christ, and to share his risen life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus comes to save us, to fulfill the meaning of his name given at his birth. He comes humbly to Jerusalem, as one like us, who is bruised and buffeted, sometimes even brutalized by the evil powers of this world that corrupt and destroy the creatures of God. And yet in Word and Worship in these holy days, we learn that he is not like us. He does not participate in the work of corruption. In the surrender of the Cross, by the power of God, Jesus thwarts the corrupting powers and principalities and transforms evil and death to the incorruptible life that is joy and peace with God. Being raised up on that instrument of violence, Jesus speaks and says, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."

Christ's compassion always responds to fear and hate, to ignorance and to evil. From the cross, sorrow and love flow mingled down. This transforming power is patient and kind. It is not envious or arrogant or boastful or rude. This love breaks down hate and apathy. It does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the right. This love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things, even a suffering death.

Lord Jesus, when we are afraid to stand for that which is true and honorable, strengthen us with the courage you manifested when you went to Calvary.

Lord Jesus, when we pity ourselves and think we make great sacrifices for others, remind us of your life-giving sacrifice on the Cross.

Lord Jesus, when we get angry and wish to retaliate against our enemies, bring to mind your words to your enemies from the Cross.

Lord Jesus, when we are tempted by despair or fear of what lies ahead, fill us with the hope of the resurrection and new life which are the fruits of your Cross.

Help us to walk the way of the Cross, and find it none other than the way of life and peace.

Please join us for worship on Palm Sunday and through the holy days that lead to Easter. I'll see you there.

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