Above: Mikhail Nesterov “The Empty Tomb,” 1889.
The Easter narrative in Matthew centers around Jesus’ body and a gender struggle.
On this Good Friday, as we commemorate Jesus' cross amidst imperial resurgence and war, I offer this excerpt from Who Will Roll Away the Stone: Discipleship Queries for First World Christians (Orbis, 1994), pp 251f, 267.
Mark's invitation to "take up the cross" (Mk 8:34) is the central characteristic of discontinuity with the Domination system.
"Whosever would"--this is one of Jesus' few universal prerequisites for discipleship.
This is an edited and updated version of a sermon delivered at an outdoor liturgy on Sunday, August 29th, 2004 at the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival in Cheltenham, England. I offer it here again because this year Passover and Maunday Thursday coincide in the same week.
This week, Jews and Christians celebrate and re-enact their two foundational meals: Pesach (begun Monday) and The Lord’s Supper (Maundy Thursday). Each meal gave birth to a people:
This post appeared on Tikkun's website today. My reproduction of it is wholly unauthorized, but since both Lerner and Hendricks (above) are friends, I trust they'll forgive me for sharing it with you. Beautifully written, and worth reading.
A rare personal note.
The signs were, in retrospect, a sign. Chugging down to Ventura in our biodiesel Jetta on our way to a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, we passed a road sign telling us there was "shoulder work ahead." No kidding, I thought ruefully. But the next sign did not bode well.
"Right shoulder closed." Which turned out to be my prognosis.
Today marks a month since the Election Day shocker in the presidential race. I’ve been talking to younger colleagues who, in its wake, were paralyzed by incredulity and disorientation. I certainly understand that a Trump presidency feels apocalyptic to them; I was as stunned and depressed as anyone.
But if there is a silver lining here, it’s that we have seen this awful movie before.
Note: Our friend Rev. Russ Daye was recently in Lebanon, where he visited refugee camps together with his friend Bchara Oghli, a minister in Aleppo, Syria. Below is testimony Bchara shared with friends recently, which Russ commended to us to share. (Above: Aleppo before and after the war.)
Almost 55 years ago President John F. Kennedy famously said "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Speaking on the first anniversary of the "Alliance for Progress" program, he was referring to revolutionary turmoil throughout the Third World as a result of socioeconomic disparities. But the sentiment was echoed by Martin Luther King, Jr regarding the home front, and this week's events underline its truth.
Note: Yesterday, April 3o, 2016, Daniel Berrigan passed into the Cloud of Witnesses, just shy of his 95th birthday. I am grateful he's been liberated from the physical pain and restrictions he's suffered these last years, but I also feel a profound lonliness at the loss of the last of a generation of my male mentors.
Above: "Mushroom-Shaped Cloud," by Susumu Horikoshi, age 6, August 1945.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of the nuclear age, when the U.S. dropped an atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing more than 100,000 people. We remain today under the shadow of nuclear annihilation; this is thus a solemn day to commemorate Disfiguration.
August 6th is also, however, the day that the church celebrates the Feast of Transfiguration. On this day we recall Jesus ascending a high mountain at a crucial turning point in his ministry, to commune with the spirits of Moses and Elijah (Mk 9:2-10). Ancient tradition identifies the site with Mt. Tabor, a free-standing, almost hemispherical peak about five miles south-east of Nazareth (see Ps. 88:13; Jer 46:18), where an important Old Testament battle took place (Judges 4:6-7:19). In the gospel narrative, Jesus is about to commence a march to Jerusalem that will culminate with a nonviolent confrontation with the Powers; so he climbs the mountain in order to draw strength from his ancestors. //more