What was it like? After the death?
For those who had followed?
For those who had cared?
For those who had been so close?
For his mother, who had pondered the meaning of his life for so long, was it what she expected?
For Mary, his sister, who had followed him and loved him.
A responsive Lenten meditation
We kindle our flame of fellowship.
May it be to us a symbol of springtime’s
returning warmth and the Divine Light
that shines in every loving heart.
The Lenten Fast is with us.
We remember the wilderness days of Jesus:
his lonely struggle with the inner tempter,
with wild beasts for company
For Good Friday
We remember, today, the eternal martyr:
who offends the bigotry of others
and threatens their selfish insecurity;
who is the repressed conscience
and the uncomfortable truth –
integrity amidst corruption.
He is crucified, she is shot;
he is gassed, she is burned;
he is poisoned, she is hanged;
she is raped and beaten, he
We look, this Easter, to rise above tombs of unreasonableness:
From the tomb which confines God to supernatural orders,
Let God rise respecting nature’s universal laws.
From the tomb of literalism and exclusivism and fanaticism,
Let rise imagination and inclusiveness and co-operation.
From the tomb where we hear nothing but our own