Lent 2012: Finding our story within Jesus' story
May Christ Jesus look into your face with love, God the Creator spring to life within your being, and the Holy Spirit be found in sacred places around you. A blessing
What path to tread?
The invitation to Jesus's journey of life, death and resurrection presents itself at Lent. The disciples at close hand could reflect upon their story through their own responses, those also of the individuals in the gospels that Jesus met and finally of Jesus himself to God and the way of the His Kingdom. This Lent, we'd like to reflect simply on our pattern of responses to God and His kingdom, with few words and lightly within a framework* that offers one way of locating our story within Christ's story.
The course of faith
During Holy Week especially, but also throughout the gospels, we notice responses and stances such as
- Infatuation (eg at Palm Sunday)
- Manipulation (eg at his Betrayal and Trial)
- Crisis (eg during Good Friday and Holy Saturday)
- Resolution and Integration (eg at the resurrection on Easter Monday)
These archetypal elements*, when travelled through well constitute a reflective Life, a chosen Death and a surprising Resurrection. Each day we are drawn to ponder: Where is my story within Jesus's story? What is my response to God and the way of His kingdom?
* Based on Bridget MacAulay's researches: The shape of transition and Finding our story in God's story
There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it. John 19:41-42
Do you think for a minute I'm not going to drink this cup the Father gave me?... Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned Jesus over to be crucified. John 18:11, 19:16
Jesus, knowing by now everything that was coming down on him, went out and met them. John 18:3
I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do. I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer. John 13:16
After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. "One of you is going to betray me." John 13:21
Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds." John 12: 23-24
Six days before the Passover Jesus arrived at Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honour. John 12:1
That was a turnaround for many of the Jews who were with Mary. They saw what Jesus did, and believed in him. But some went back to the Pharisees and told on Jesus. John 11:45
Mary came to where Jesus was waiting and fell at his feet, saying, "Master, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died." John 11:32
After the two days, he said to his disciples, "Let's go back to Judea." They said, "Rabbi, you can't do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you're going back?" John 11:7-8