Beautiful And Tragic And What Lies In Between

 I awoke this morning to the sound of an email being delivered to my account.  Yes, I sleep next to my computer!  Any way, the email is a daily meditation that I get.  Today’s message really resonated with me.  It was written in such a way that I can actually wrap my head around the fuller meaning of what Christ did for humanity, the example that He became to the world.  His life is both beautiful and tragic, admired and yet feared.  In the words of Richard Rohr, “he became what we are all afraid of and what we all deny: nakedness, exposure, vulnerability and failure.”

Here is the meditation in its entirety.

On this Palm Sunday, picture yourself before the crucified Jesus and recognize that he became what we are all afraid of and what we all deny: nakedness, exposure, vulnerability and failure.  He became “sin” (Romans 8:3) to free us from repeating that sin (ignorant killing of anything— thinking it will solve our problem), Jesus became the cosmic Scapegoat who reveals our very worst and our very best to those who will gaze on the Crucified long enough.  Jesus became what humanity hates—to tell us to stop hating, to love that which we fear, and how wrong we can be about who is good and who is bad.

Jesus became the pleading image of what humans do to creation—so we could see it in stark outline, with the curtain of denial and illusion withdrawn.  God in Jesus became the crucified so we would stop crucifying.  He became the crucified, who refused to crucify back, and thus stopped the universal pattern of death.  As Sebastian Moore said many years ago, “the crucified Jesus is no stranger,” he is no stranger to anyone who has lived and loved, no stranger to the universal experience of suffering, despair, and loneliness.  In that, he saves us.

From Hope Against Darkness, p. 37


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