Christ Episcopal Church
The Mother Church of The Dakotas
Dear beloved of the Beloved,
“Holy, holy, holy One, your love infuses all. Blessed is He and blessed are we who walk the path of love. Holy, holy, holy, One, maker and shaper of us all.”
(from “Sanctus” – by Norm Wright)
Our Lenten journey (“path of love”) to Easter is almost complete. I humbly offer a bit of reflection about this experience. Our forty day journey begins and ends with Jesus as our inspiration and guide. Led by the Spirit into the wilderness of his life, he prayed, fasted and meditated upon God’s will and God’s calling. He emerged, though otherwise tempted in every way that we are, with an unshakeable love and faith in God and a love for all of creation. He understood and would teach others about all that is real…all that is really real and endures…which is God’s love being poured into our hearts and lives. “Know this” he would say, “The Kingdom of God is within you.”
“Sometimes it causes me to tremble…tremble…tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” (from the hymn, “Were you there…”)
Soon our journey will take us to Holy Week and Good Friday. Jesus’ teachings and way of life were too much for many to bear, especially for those in authority…those so sure of themselves. For that he was to profoundly suffer and to be put to an agonizing and humiliating death. Jesus on the cross tells us that God protects us from nothing (with apologies to “guardian angels”). Dying, Jesus felt a time of abandonment even by God, his Father. He died, however, in peace…in acceptance of the seemingly unacceptable nature of death, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Jesus’ death teaches us how to die and to know that, although God protects us from nothing in life, the Beloved….Abba Father…our Creator never abandons us and is a Faithful Presence. “Lo, I am with you always…”
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be, and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on, And through eternity, I’ll sing on. (from the hymn, “What wondrous love is this…”
Jesus the Christ sings on…and so do we! His life, death and resurrection sing of the birth-less-ness and death-less-ness of life! Jesus’ journey is complete as an infinite union with the One Who is Infinite! And his journey is our journey too! If only we would know this and fully live this as Jesus shows us. We wouldn’t have to wait until we die to know that we can be free…free from all that we cling to…from all that holds us back from the infinite union with the Beloved which is our life.
Alleluia, Christ is risen!