On the streets with Jesus

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Good Friday 2011

Jesus entrusts us with a gift: the gift of knowledge about the purpose of our lives in a world of violence, oppression and alienation. Jesus offers us life, and challenges us by example.

Conversion of our lives and death-dealing power systems is within reach.
As we walk, we journey with Jesus, enacting a hope rooted in our power to overcome the forces of brokenness and death, and build a world of abundant life.

And so another Good Friday came and went, another nice attempt to link the suffering of the Christ with the brokenness and suffering we experience in our city and world today. We were “on the streets” as Jesus was in his day, not in the privacy of our own world and depoliticized cosmos. This was real not a private event. We dared to contextualize the suffering as Jesse Jackson famously reminded us, “Any text without a context is a pretext.”

To take the Incarnation seriously is to name the enemies of life, the oppressors, those who mete out needless suffering in our world. Many of course are upset about being “concrete” but the incarnation is about “flesh (carne) real people in real time, not some timeless myth and meaningless jargon like “Jesus died for our sins.” The sins are still evident and our role is to help remove the still living bodies off of the cross.

One of the hidden enemies of course was represented by the Eaton’s Centre right next door to Holy Trinity Anglican where we convened It was packed on Good Friday, an excellent example of the power of contemporary culture to drown our sacred story. A negative “sign of the time”. The consumerism evident here, that promoted by advanced capitalism manages to deflect us from history, break our solidarity with the oppressed and erase the emmory of who we really are and to whom we really belong.It is very difficult to hang on to the memory and power of the Story under such a tsunami of ephemera.

Still we persist convinced that in walking the path grace is given and new life appears.

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