When Mary Magdalene first notices Jesus' disappearance, it causes her to panic and run for help. With nothing left to go on, she finds herself emotionally collapsing. Our Moderator of the United Church, the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell also says, that many people think Easter is all happy and hallelujah's and yet, likely most people aren't feeling that way. So many people are in a state constant running, just trying to stay a float, and yet likely not far from crashing. When Mary lets herself crash... could it be the beginning of her rising?... and ours?
Good Friday is a sad time in our Christian calendar. I can't help but examine the passion narrative from the perspective of friendship. We all have good friendship... it's a significant part of rural culture. Christ's relationship with his disciples is also based on a deep and authentic friendship. Right up until his end, the language of relationship is central during his encounter with the High Priest and Pilate.
What exactly happens when the disciples untie the donkey? What are they preventing that donkey from becoming? And what are we preventing from happening in ourselves when we untie ourselves from the restraints that hold us back? Hint: It has something to do with Jesus and a celebration of life!
Do you sometimes think people think faith makes your life easier to the point of no suffering? The re-living we're offered by Jesus isn't easy for us and as Jesus shows Lazarus, it's not easy for him to give. In order for Jesus to offer new life, he must first go to the depths of our sadness with us, and he asks his disciples to do the same. (John 11:1-45)
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