Friday, March 29, 2013

Take courage

"Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the Lord."
Psalm 31

Today is a tough day. We left church in silence last night and today continues the silence. Joy is far from us as we read and reflect upon the Passion of Our Lord according to St. John (John 18:1-19:42). But, unlike the followers of Jesus in his time, we know the rest of the story. Unlike those who fled Jesus at his darkest hour in fear, we know that good news will come soon. We can be stouthearted and hope in the Lord because we know this has a happy ending. But, before that happiness can be celebrated, we need to walk with Jesus through this tough day. This is my favorite Good Friday scripture:
"Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
by his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:4-5
Let us walk with him this, heidi

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Close your eyes...

"Close your eyes, close your eyes and forget all about us tonight..."
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, "Jesus Christ Superstar"

While this phrase lingered long in the musak of my mind, long after I watched the movie, I realized the impossibility of it all. Jesus Christ could never "forget all about us" for one minute, let alone a whole night. More than any human being who ever lived, Jesus remembered each one of us--each person who ever lived or will ever live--as he moved through the last days of his life. Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper, which is such a rich and wonderful ceremony. Tonight we will see right up close, Jesus' humility in washing his apostles' feet, and beckoning us to do the same for each other. Tonight we will enact the Last Supper, as we do at every mass, where Jesus says "Take and eat...this is my Body." But tonight is special. Tonight begins our Lord's Passion. Love, heidi

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not I! Surely!

"'Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.' Deeply distressed at this, they began to say to him one after the other, 'Surely it is not I, Lord?'"
Matthew 26:21-22

Can't you almost see them, one by one, putting their fingers on their noses and saying, "Not it!" And don't we do the same whenever confronted with Who did this? Who made this mess? Who missed this call? Who forgot the deadline? By this time Jesus must have been reeling from frustration dealing with these guys. His love for them was great, but his frustration must have been brewing to a boil. That is why, this Wednesday of Holy Week, we must--today--own the responsibility of our faults. It was me, Lord, who didn't do right by you. I was the one who led the gossip at lunch. I was the one who pouted, ignoring the apology of another. I was the one who spewed all kinds of negative stuff out there into the universe. It was me. And I'm so sorry. Jesus needs us beside him this week and not the "us" that is sputtering that it is not our fault! Let us walk with Jesus, knowing that his love for us heals all of our failures. Love, heidi

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Hero

"There he goes, a hero, a Savior to the world.
Here he stands, with scars in his hands...
With love, he gave his life so we could be free,
The Savior of the world..."
Bryan Fowler, Christopher Stevens, "Hero"

We sang this song at mass yesterday and I really teared up. It is a wonderful song and describes this week perfectly. This is such a beautiful, moving time for us as a people, to recognize our Savior--the Savior of the world. I invite each of you to listen to this song (I will include the link to YouTube for it) each day this Holy Week. And please share the events of this week. "There he goes..." but we must be with him! Love, heidi