We are moving quickly toward the great celebrations of Holy Week: the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the last supper Jesus shared with his disciples (and which we remember every time we celebrate Holy Communion); the betrayal of Jesus by Judas; the trial and subsequent death of Jesus on the cross; and ultimately, the resurrection on the third day.
Today I read a meditation by Richard Rohr which gave me a slightly different perspective and deeper understanding – it also challenged me to take some responsibility for identifying those parts of my own life that need to be open to the transforming power of resurrection. Here it is, from the book “On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men” (Loyola Press).
“What if the way to transmute the pain of life is to reveal the wounded side of all things, and yet place such wounds inside a larger sacred and healing space?Stories of wars, massacres, adulteries, betrayals, rapes, deceit, injustice, and greed, ending with the bloody crucifixion, fill the Bible. But let’s consider that these stories are designed precisely to help us name, face, integrate, and forgive the wounds and sins of history. Somehow God is involved even in the mud and mess of it all. This strategy for dealing with darkness is quite different from that of excluding problems or dying difficulties or separating from sinners. It
includes them instead, and says that God is still here! God’s agenda is never elimination but transformation.
“Soon the Bible becomes utterly honest and healing theater. It leaves the whole drama on the stage to reveal life as it is – to be observed, recognized, critiqued, loved, healed, and forgiven – all inside of the Unified Field that we call ‘God.'”
The meditation ends with the question, “What wound do I urgently need to place in sacred space?” This is a good question for all of us to contemplate as we consider death that is conquered by life.
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Come and join us for Holy Week:
Sunday March 20 – Palm Sunday – 8:15 & 10:00 am
Liturgy of Palms & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, March 23 – Holy Wednesday – 6 pm
Supper & Stations for the Cross
hosted by the F.A.I.T.H. Team
Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday – 7 pm
Foot/Hand Washing, Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
Gethsemane Watch – 9 pm
See “Opportunities to Give” for details.
Friday, March 25 – Good Friday – 10 am
Walk of the Cross
(leaving from Manotick United Church at 10 am
and walking to St James Anglican Church)
10:30 am Ecumenical service at St. James Anglican Church.
Sunday, March 27 – Easter Sunday – The Day of Resurrection
6:45 am Sunrise Service in St. James parking lot
8:15 & 10:00 am Holy Eucharist