Grief interrupted

As they led Jesus off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry ... Continue reading

Before Easter comes…

Before Easter could come, he passed through betrayal, abandonment, false accusations, humiliation, mob rule and a judicial system disfigured by the lust for power, a system that mocked truth. Before Easter could come, he stumbled through a gauntlet of angry fists, hurled insults, a shower of ... Continue reading

The unbearable lightness of redemption

I know what I did and I don't want forgiveness... I don't deserve it... I can't bring Abner Easley back like he's some stolen chicken; I certainly made sure of that 23 years ago. I don't believe in some god who's going to open his arms to me even if I did. ... Which is why for me, I know I'll never ... Continue reading

A meditation on Easter week

A huge crowd of Passover visitors took palm branches and went down the road to meet [Jesus]. They shouted, "Praise God! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!" "The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. The truth is, a kernel of wheat must ... Continue reading

A very Good Friday

They had hitched their wagons to a star, and now that star had become a flaming meteor, exploding over their heads and threatening to incinerate them all. Mere days earlier, this Jesus, this Rabbi who had dazzled the country with his miracles and the authority and wisdom in his teaching, had been ... Continue reading