One Day at a Time
Holy Week and Easter are an opportunity to move slowly through the real-life transforming process in which our faith is grounded:
the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The experience of loving and life-changing relationship, realizing a purposeful life
and meaningful servanthood, betrayal, political stuckness, capital punishment for the purposes of social problem-solving, unthinkable pain, loss and mourning, disorientation and emptiness — in ourselves — and in the tomb.
And then, surprisingly, new life comes. This story of the divine-human drama has it all.
Teasing it out during the measured pace of Holy Week, we can see that amidst the painful part of the drama, the theme of new-life is set out in the distance. We may be too overwhelmed to perceive it, on what appears to be an empty horizon. But the promise of the gospel story includes a constant subtext: just because we cannot see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. If we are willing to notice it when it stands before us, we can discover that we have not been left to sort out our own mess . . . instead, the power of God in Christ has mystically come alongside this fraught life so it may be healed. Hope and wisdom begin to appear as we walk a new way with the Risen One. And correcting the perception that resurrection is easy and single-faceted, we come to realize that new life is no cake walk; it has a rhythm all its own and a learning curve that requires our deepest and most disciplined intention.
This week we move through a story that is not just a tale of millennia ago, but our story today. Where are you just now in the drama?
As we walk the way of Jesus, living our own life, death and resurrection, our story can become a witness to His story. We can become a way for others to see how they too can frame their reality through a life-giving paradigm, rather than only seeing themselves through the lens of their mess.
The Latin source of the word authority means “one who bears witness to the authenticity of something, such as a legal document.”* When one speaks or acts with authority, they speak of something that is real and true. To what do you wish your life to bear witness? What do you wish to say is true and real for you? Do you wish to always speak of how hard life is, or how powerful new life can be? Could the two realities of your life story, intertwining, reflect a profound wholeness that comes through the loving and passionate relating between human and divine?
May our stories, grounded in the story of Jesus the Christ, speak the truth of the power of resurrection.
The Lord is Risen, the Lord is Risen indeed!
With Easter blessings,
*Heclo, Hugh, On Thinking Institutionally, pg. 40, Oxford, University Press, 2008