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Given and Shed

March 28, 2021

“At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'” Mark 15:34

Today is both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. The joy with which today’s liturgy begins soon gives way to sorrow and solemnity. Hosannas are disfigured into calls for crucifixion. The gospel reading ends with a dead body in tomb, the hopes of the world buried.

The story doesn’t end here, of course. Stay tuned! Come back next week.

But we dare not rush past this part of the story. Easter without the Passion is nonsense, a fairy tale. In resurrection is our hope, but it is on the cross that we behold the fullness of God’s glory and love.

There is hope in the cross, too. For the lost and forsaken, the despondent and the derelict. For you and for me.

Hope, too, for Chris, Julia, Faith, Jackson, and Natalie, five fourth graders who received Holy Communion for the first time this morning. Christ crucified, given and shed for them. Here they may always find God’s presence through the Christ who dislocates himself from glory to take up residence in our brokenness. And to raise us up. Again and again and again.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, we feel forsaken times. Despair washes over us, seeks to pull us under. This is where you find us, life hidden in death. Keep our eyes on your cross. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: The chalices made by our fourth graders.

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