once that word is in us, it can never leave us.
It is easy to fall apart when we disappoint one another if we make one another the center of the community. But when Jesus is the center, we are drawn closer to one another, even in our differences and disagreements, as we are drawn deeper into the heart of God.
When we serve those are hurting or broken or hurting, we don’t do it to show off how wonderful we are. Rather, we reveal to depth to which we too are in need of healing.
Easter is more than a season, it is a way of life. We are called to be an Easter people boldly living the Good News of Resurrection in a Lenten world.
Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began.
This moment of mist and shadow matters because we cannot understand the significance of Jesus Christ - his message, his mandate, his ministry – until we lay ourselves bear before the Cross allow ourselves to be vulnerable and enter the reality of suffering.
That’s why Easter needs Lent, because we need perspective... because we spend our lives journeying between these two spaces and we need to know that G-d is there with us.
The blessing of G-d has nothing to do with how little or how much you have. You are blessed by association, blessed by proximity to a G-d who chooses to be known among us, to call us into a family, that through us the world around us might be drawn into a close-encounter of the G-d kind.
Sometimes these intermittent glimpses of beauty are all we need to keep us in the frightening moments of our lives. Sometimes, these little gems of light are all that hold us in the darkness.
This painstakingly slow process of conversion is the Gospel’s way of knocking the harsh, jagged corners off of our world and off of each of our hearts and both reveal their original light and goodness – the imago Dei, the image of G-d.