There is a danger, as we approach Holy Week, that the focus of the week is the suffering and death of Jesus rather than on the reality of life, a life given and a life shared. We focus on the face of the one who suffered and fail to see the joy that surrounds it.
Here Jesus stops, his work, his preaching, his healing. For the last few years of his life Jesus has driven forward his message and his prayer.
He has, on a daily basis, challenged those who saw the Law as everything, repeating the ancient theme “what I want is love not sacrifice”. He has demonstrated that it is love that heals, love that
makes the difference.
But now, as with all of us, death follows life, and the process of dying can be hard especially for the young. Here he has to put his trust in others. Through the humiliation and struggles that death can bring, Jesus completes his work and brings the fullness of joy to the World and all its peoples. Easter Joy!.
Today’s story is acted out every moment of every day. Someone, somewhere in homes and in hospitals, on the streets and on fields of war, someone who is loved dies.
But love lives on, deeper and richer. Those who die come closer to those who watch on, a real part of our lives, lives better for them until we are one with them for eternity.
Love doesn’t die, love is the gift shared through death.
“See that I am God. See that I am in everything. See that I do everything. See that I have never stopped ordering my works, nor ever shall, eternally. See that I lead everything on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began, by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made it. How can anything be amiss? “
Julian of Norwich
Just a thought!