In each of my grandmothers’ homes when I was a kid there were painted china holy water fonts and crucifixes hanging in hallways and on the bedroom walls. To my recollection, every one of these involved blood—dark maroons to brilliant reds. At four or five I was both fascinated and a little disturbed by the gory details. Later, I was confused. In high school my teachers painted two pictures of God—one day God was mercy and love, the next day God was judgment and revenge. Even later, when I had to study more serious religious thinkers, I found they, too, had the same mixed message except now the language and arguments were more obscure and I was even more confused. So...
Why the cross?
Seriously…did God really require the violent death of His Son, in payment of a debt? To appease His honor? To satisfy His justice? No forgiveness without vengeance? Is that what the cross is about?
No. That can’t be it. I don’t believe that. I will not believe that. The father of the prodigal son runs to embrace his child—no debt, no justice…just gift, pure and simple.
The violence, the blood, the cross? The cross is purest moment in time frozen forever in human memory of a love that is unearned, infinite, eternal and beyond belief. A God in the flesh who bleeds and who dies rather than count debts and do violence. The cross is true mystery: It is the incarnation of a love that will not die.
It’s Holy Week. Please worship and pray together with us.
Holy Week Schedule
Holy Thursday Mass, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Thursday, April 17th 7pm Mass with Washing of the Feet in Church; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following Mass
Please remember that there will be no lamb dinner this year.
Good Friday, The Passion of the Lord, Friday, April 18th
8am Morning Prayer
3pm Stations of the Cross
7pm Veneration of the Cross
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 19th
Mass at 8pm
Easter Sunday, Sunday,
April 20th Masses: 8am &10:30am
Please note: There will be no 4pm Mass on Easter Sunday.