A Day of Mourning

April 11, 2020

Holy Saturday                             

For the disciples, today was a day of mourning. A day of confusion. A day of bewilderment.

Each scattered and apart from one another. Each, perhaps, reflecting on the meal they had with Jesus just a couple of days earlier. Trying to remember what he said.

Did he say “Take this in remembrance of me”? It seemed odd at the time. A bit dramatic. But now? No. Now, I understand. Now, it makes sense.

He must have realized that his message of love was too radical for the religious authorities to abide. His willingness to eat with those on the margins, to have compassion and care for the outsider, his example, even command, to tear down boundaries that divide people, revealing God’s love and grace comes in many forms and expressions. That “love your neighbor” isn’t only for those who look like us, believe like us, love like us. “Neighbor” is everyone, even our adversaries. Well, that was just too radical.

I can’t believe he’s really gone. My teacher. My friend.

He said “remember me.”

By tomorrow many of the disciples will have made their way back to one another, but today, they are scattered. Today, they each begin to navigate the journey of grief. There’s no hope of resurrection in their minds; in their hearts. Only loss.

We know and anticipate the rest of the story. But today…

Acts of Love

October 29, 2017

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC
Proper 25, Year A
Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46

Listen here:

 

 

Gospel Text:

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?” No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.. (Mt 22:34-46)

%d bloggers like this: