Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Holy Week Reflections

Entering into what may be the most sacred of Christian times, we begin the Tridium tomorrow. Holy Week.

Holy Thursday.

Good Friday.

Holy Saturday and then

Easter Sunday.

Each day has its own special emphasis in the historical journey of Jesus into Jerusalem on the days before he was crucified.

Each day calls us to reflect on what it means today to commune with each other, to share our hearts and minds, our souls and meals with each other. To serve and be served.

To face contempt with dignity and persecution with compassion.

To face crucifixion with forgiveness.

To grieve the absence and loss of your sacred loved one.

To be shocked with the stunning news of resurrection on Easter morning.

He is Risen.

He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lent and forgiveness

Lenten forgiveness or was it Lent and forgiveness?
Is it one and the same?

Reflecting on the ills of our day. Of our souls. Of our bodies. Of our world.

Each and every facet requires healing.

For healing to happen. Reconciliation must happen. For that to happen.
We must first recognize the darkness within each and feel the awareness of how it touches our lives every day.

To allow reconciliation, we must first seek forgiveness.

Sometimes we feel it is too much for one person to bear... a life in this world.

The ailments of this world.

Then comes the recognition we are not alone.
Everyone of us is comprised of atoms and molecules.
Dirt and dust and spirit . . . cosmic dust.
Like animated stardust we come seeking the light of Easter Sunday
Awaiting the resurrected hope even before we have taken the steps to
forgive ourselves. . .

But if we feel unworthy of forgiveness, we need only recall that we are already forgiven.
Yes. Before we ever knew it.
Just accept the gift.
And the light follows.

We can move to a greener world. A safer place to live. A more peaceful way to live.

Lend your spirit to this season of Lent and find forgiveness here too.

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is
the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy."
- Wendell Berry