Friday, March 8, 2013

Joy on the Way to the Cross

It is interesting. As I read the lections for March 17 and try to find appropriate readings, that I notice that many of them are so very joyful and hopeful.

Is 43: 16-31--"I am about to do a new thing"
Ps. 126--When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion
Phil 2:4-14--I press on toward the upward calling

only the gospel text hints at the coming of the crucifixion through the words and actions of Jesus.

From this side of the cross, we view difficulty of holy week with both trepidation and joyful anticipation, We know that while we remember the horror of the crucifixion, Friday is not the final word. Easter Sunday is the final word. We must not forget the cross, but thank God from our perspective we know that the cross is not the end of the story. And thank God, that even through the lectionary readings, we are reminded of this truth.

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