HOLY WEEK UNFINISHED

HOLY WEEK UNFINISHED
 
I wrap my arms around my precious family 
as we move together 
and separately 
through Holy Week, 
bearing in our own bodies and minds and hearts 
the essence of what it means 
to be human 
and alive 
in the spirit and consciousness 
of Jesus.
 
When Jesus says, 
“Take up your cross and follow me,” 
He invites me
into the Life Force
that is incarnated 
in the absolute center 
of my life experiences–
with all the Cana wedding celebrations, 
with my water transformed into euphoric wine, 
with all the rejection 
and humiliation, 
doubt and faithfulness 
and agony 
that comes with Holy Week.  
 
I see the amazing days of Holy Week
unfolding within my life 
everyday.  
My Judas trickster and betrayer moments, 
my intimacy and separation,
my impetuous Peter moments,
my intimate Mary of Magdala moments, 
my misunderstandings of trusted friends moments, 
my agony in abandonment moments,
and monumental moments
ingesting my costly bitter wine.  

WE ARE A BURDEN AND GIFT TO EACH OTHER

WE ARE A BURDEN AND GIFT TO EACH OTHER

During a walk

across Hamline University campus

in 1960

with my mentor

Dr. Sam Shoemaker

he said to me,

“Young man,

don’t ever forget this:

As long as you and I live

we will to some degree

be a problem to ourselves

and those who love us.

All the saints

have clay feet.”

Every person

In our sphere of influence

at home

and at work

Will most likely be

Enhanced by us

and burdened…

by and with us.

Most especially,

Those with whom

we brush our teeth or

sit nearby

in an adjoining cubicle

day after day.

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