As we move into the final 2 weeks of Lent I invite you to consider how many Easters you have celebrated, how may Easter Eggs have you given and received………
Now consider how many times you have seen the church stripped bare and had your feet washed by others on Maundy Thursday, stood outside in the dark for the reading of the gospel, or sat through a Good Friday meditation?
Every year churches invite people to step into Holy Week and immerse themselves in the story of crucifixion and resurrection, to have their feet washed, to stay in silence and hear the Good Friday narrative, to rise at dawn to welcome the risen Christ.
This spring as we walk the way of the cross we have much to carry in our hearts regarding our own particular moment in history.
In terms of the big arc of history our times seem to echo huge moments in history like the fall of Jerusalem 70 years after Jesus resurrection, or in the times of St. Augustine the fall of the Roman Empire, or the 14th century when the black plague swept through the land and more recently the two world wars.
Our reliance on the constancy of the structures of society, the norms and the patterns, the regular supply of fuel, the affordability of living, the security of employment, the successful harvest, is laid bare when crisis hits.
Mostly we tend to bumble along almost unquestioning until something breaks.
When the security fails and something is broken open in our lives, or in the life of the world, we are challenged to think again. This challenge is at the heart of the crucifixion who or what now, do we need to take down from the cross?