A few weeks ago we sang together:
I want to follow Jesus
In him there is no darkness at all.
The night and the day are both alike.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.
Today, the Monday of Holy Week, Jesus has set his face with obedience in love for all of us. We are asked to follow in his footsteps.
Can I walk with him, helping him to carry all the betrayal, rejection, false accusations, denial of those closest to him, misunderstanding of who he is, and even accompany him in the death that is coming in just a few days?
Can I look on his bloodied, tortured face and ask with him for God to forgive those who crucified him because they didn’t know what they were doing?
Can I trust that, in the midst of all difficulties and sorrow of my life, and in this troubled world of war, climate change, and inequality, we are grounded in the great, self-sacrifice love of God, which redeems us all and brings all the citizens of our small world to healing and joy?
Can I trust this light has come into the world to reveal how much I am loved—even with all my flaws, wounds and misdeeds—and to forgive and heal me for the work of the Realm of God?
I AM NOT CONDEMNED! I AM LOVED!