Friday, April 10, 2020
In most years, the joys and reverence of Holy Week are often eclipsed by the candy trappings and social hullaballo of the Easter holiday weekend. But this has been a very Lent-y Lent. Our vulnerability and mortality seems less remote and theoretical; our sources of support, financial and otherwise, less sure. Many of our neighbors are suffering acutely or grieving deeply; perhaps all of us have had our sense of control shaken, our anxieties stirred. We do not know what will come of us.
Our fear and isolation gives a small yet bitter taste of the darkness and dread of Good Friday. At the time of Christ’s death, it seemed like all had been lost, that evil had triumphed, and that death and darkness had their way. And in a natural and material sense, they had.
But part of the great hope of Christianity is that Jesus’s coming, his death, and his resurrection turned the natural order of things on its head. Jesus spoke of a “Kingdom of Heaven” that could be realized in part in the material world, but which inverted its rules. He promised that the last should be first, that an abundant life lay apart from power or material wealth, that the love of God and neighbor was the summation of elaborately codified laws. He did not provide easy answers to the great questions of pain and suffering. But he did offer, through his own life, death, and resurrection, a promise, and a hope: that ultimately, Love triumphs over evil, and that it is the strongest of all realities, even overcoming death.
It is the hope that we again celebrate this Easter: that Love incarnate, the Word made flesh, who spoke into being all of creation, will ultimately, have the last word: Love has won, and He lives.
The Trinity Forum