Sunday is coming, in fact, Palm Sunday is coming and Christians the world over will be gathering to worship the one who turned his face towards Jerusalem. Jesus was warned…do not go there. “They will kill you.” But Jesus went anyway. Do you wonder why? I do. I have wondered about Jesus for many, many years now.
Within the totality of Christianity, there are a multiplicity of viewpoints ranging from liberal to conservative, progressive to fundamentalist, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, plus a thousand other variations. What we are talking about here is diversity in the truest sense of the word. Denominations represent the variety of viewpoints and in my opinion, that’s a good thing. We don’t all have to see, understand, or practice the faith in an identical manner. As long as you are not threatening violence towards others you are, in my opinion, welcome to your viewpoint. While I may not agree with you, and will likely argue with you, in the end, I acknowledge your right to believe as you wish. So then, where is our common denominator?
We call this time of year “Holy Week” but perhaps it would be more appropriate to call it “Jesus Week.” Jesus is for we Christians the clearest revelation of the nature of God. The life that Jesus led was (hard stop) the life that we are called to lead. Love your enemy, turn the other cheek, count others as more important than one’s self. All of these are hallmarks of Jesus and hence… Christian life.
Can we imagine how much better life in this world would be if Christians lived as Jesus lived? The divisions of class and wealth would fade away in the presence of an authentic Jesus saying, “Go and sell all that you have and share with the poor.’ We would no longer need to argue about issues of acceptance as we follow the one who embraced the leper, the Centurion, the tax collector and any other one declared the “other.” Can we even begin to imagine?
Jesus came into this world in order to show each of us how our Creator intended us to live. Jesus kept the faith, lived the life and even in the face of death remained true. Jesus was undeniably the “man for others” and for his authentic love…the principalities and powers of this world took his life. And here we have “Jesus Week.” It didn’t end too well but remember.
Sunday’s coming. Resurrection Sunday is on the way!
Peace and Grace,