Marty Kuchma, Senior Pastor
We are almost there… As you receive this edition of Highlights, we will be in the period of waiting, according to the biblical account of the Passion.
We may think back on the Lenten jour-ney by which we got to this point in the story, on what brought us to Jerusalem, and on how the disciples of Jesus’ day really did not understand the depth of sacrifice that would be required of Je-sus, and of them once they got there. There are many ways in which we are just like them, just as clueless, and we hope for new insight and enlighten-ment, some kind of deeper appreciation of what this season is all about. This whole season, taken all together, evokes such a mix of profound sorrow and the great joy to which the sorrow gives way, eventually. Throughout, we are reminded again and again that hard times matter.
We will recall the story of Jesus’ passion that is played out in the public square over a couple of excruciating days, and his crucifixion that lasts through an afternoon, ending at 3pm with Jesus’ last gasp. Perhaps we will take the invi-tation to let go of parts of ourselves and our lives that distract us from our high-est calling, and we will re-prioritize what we are going to live for and what we are willing to die for. We are reminded that Luke’s Jesus instructs us to take up our crosses daily, and we will proceed with a new sense of the gravity of that com-mand.
On Saturday, we will have the oppor-tunity to wait expectantly, keeping in mind that the very first disciples had no idea what would come next after Jesus was placed in the tomb. May we be blessed to feel that same kind of fresh-ness in the Holy Week and Easter expe-rience this year. We will undoubtedly be tempted to dedicate the day to er-rands and preparation for Sunday, and to other mundane tasks and routines. Yet I hope we will each make at least a little time to tend to an awesomeness of the moment in our spiritual lives, pa-tiently letting its potential unfold in or-ganic ways.
And on Sunday… On Sunday, we will gather to celebrate, in our Easter ser-vices, and in meaningful moments with family and friends. Joy will abound! If we let it be so, we will be enveloped by a sense of new life, new hope, new pos-sibilities, and maybe even an awareness of new responsibilities and obligations that flow from our claims of disciple-ship.
Then what? What’s next?
One might say that what’s next should involve continuing Jesus’ work in the world, bringing God’s love to all people, creating a world in which God’s love is indeed ubiquitous, pervasive. We might think of the season and seasons after Easter as a time to carry on the work of justice for which Jesus lived and for which Jesus died. Lord knows there are powers for us to confront and plenty of injustice and inequity for us to take on. There are wrongs to be righted and priorities to be re-shuffled, in our individual lives and our collective life. And if we don’t carry on the work, who will?
So, what will you do? Will you do anything different at all? Are you open to actually being different?
I pray that we will make choices that truly and in every way carry forward Jesus’ legacy and love.
I guess we’ll see how it goes from here…
Happy Easter and Beyond!