Can you think of a stranger ritual than the one that has been shared by Christians for more than 2000 years, during which we talk about eating the body and blood of our Lord and …
As we lead up to Easter 2021, it is in many ways an unprecedented holiday time. Last year’s Easter was in the earlier stages of the pandemic—of the isolation, fear, and grief. Now, as the vaccine is making its way into the world and many churches are gathering together once again, there is some measure of hope…but also a great deal of mourning and exhaustion.
“Seven Stanzas at Easter” was written by John Updike and has become a much-loved poem.
In the cross of Christ, we find the most profound tension of opposites: life and death.
All our wounds, the places we have hurt others and the places that we have been hurt, can be found there in the wounds in his hands and feet.
But maybe of all days, Good Friday is the day to reconsider just what suffering is and to think on our own suffering.