During Lent, I’ve been blogging about our Lenten theme, “Daily Resurrection,” and in particular, looking at what other writers and thinkers have to say about daily dying to an old way of being, thinking or living, and daily rising to a new way of being, thinking or living.
This coming Sunday is Palm/Passion Sunday. I remember when we used to call it simply “Palm Sunday,” and many folks still do. The switch to “Palm/Passion” happened when someone, somewhere – I don’t know who – said, “What a minute. If we don’t touch on the passion of Christ (that is, the days and hours leading up to his crucifixion and death) on the Sunday before Easter, most people will skip right over it. Because, let’s face it: No one is going to come to those Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and Easter Vigil services we so diligently and conscientiously offer. They’re just too darn depressing. They make people uncomfortable.”
So the daily resurrection question I’m dealing with in this week’s blog concerns why we should bother with all that uncomfortable stuff between Palm Sunday and Easter in the first place. And how one form of resurrection might be moving beyond (or – dying to) a theology that would cast God in the role of a cosmic child abuser (not my phrase) and rising to seeing God as the one who pursues us and rescues us from the life of violence and domination by being just the opposite: by being the God of humility and self-emptying love that will not let us go. Read more →
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