Jesus

“The Whole City Was Stirred Up”

“The Whole City Was Stirred Up”

Functionally, Jesus did not accomplish anything as he demonstrated in Jerusalem so long ago... and yet... still... this story lives on.. and yet still... its symbols still provoke and challenge us...

And yet... still... we wave our palms

and bow down to the humble and peaceful king that rides on donkeys

that keeps coming into our world and flipping it upside down.

Remember Who God Says You Are

Remember Who God Says You Are

There is something incredibly powerful about this ritualized act of remembering.  Of setting aside a regular time to remember some of the most important moments of our life. Because God’s grace shouldn’t just be reserved for Sunday, but everyday! Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s over flowing Grace. Because everyday we could use the reminder of God’s wide open welcome. Because everyday we could use the reminder of Christ’s life, his sacrifice, and his new life for the world, that we have chosen to join our lives with.

Head Full of Doubt, Heart Full of Faith

Head Full of Doubt, Heart Full of Faith

I think if we are being honest, we are all like Thomas.
And even if we don’t always have a skeptical questioning personality,
I think we all have our Thomas moments, where we struggle with our belief, and have doubt. It doesn’t matter how pious we may be, or how much we seem to have figured out our faith, we all struggle with our belief.
I think we all can relate to him, and I think that is exactly why we have this story.

Because we won’t necessarily get to see Christ as Thomas did in this life.
we won’t get to actually stand with him face-to-face, to touch his wounds, and see that he was once dead, but now lives.
We won’t get the physical evidence in order believe.
We are counted among those who must believe without seeing.

But because of Thomas, we know,
that even in the midst of our doubts, even in the midst of our questions
Christ will show up bearing his peace.
Christ will show up, and meet us with the very things we need to believe.

Donkey as Satire, Palms as Protest

Donkey as Satire, Palms as Protest

God does not play by our rules.
And friends this is the good news.

Because the story the world tells us, that we are ultimately useless and insignificant, that our voice doesn’t matter, that the powerful will triumph over the weak could not be further from the truth in God’s eyes.

Instead Jesus, The man we meet in Holy Week, is King. 
The one who is humbly riding on a donkey
The one who is serving on his knees washing feet
The one who shared his bread and wine
The one who prayed to God in the Garden
The one who died on a cross.

The Gospel According to Fred Rogers

The Gospel According to Fred Rogers

"Hear this Good News, God loves you exactly as who you are. All the traits and flaws that society has told you that you have, God loves you with them. All of your physical attributes that magazines and commercials have told you were less than ideal... God loves the you God made you to be. 

We know this because of Jesus. Because we have seem him show love time and time again. By joining people in their dirt, by seeing their pain, and through kind words and intimate interaction, he heals them with love. 

Friends may you be found in whatever dirt you are sitting in. May God join you there, and in all of his love and compassion, may God heal you."