Apr 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday

Today Thursday, 21 April 2011 is called Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday.

As we move further into the spring we all notice that the days keep getting a little longer. Daylight savings, thanks to Ben Franklin, gives us even more light than we would otherwise have. So thanks to Ben!

Yet, we all know the truth that life is filled with both darkness and light. We have painful, difficult experiences in our lives and we have beautiful, joyful, light-filled days in our lives. Light and dark are useful metaphors for our lives and the meaning therein.

Today, we remember the dark days of Jesus’ life; after he had his last meal with his friends, he went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and while he was there he was betrayed by one of his friends, taken prisoner by Roman guards, tried by the Roman governor, condemned, beaten, and nailed to a cross where he suffered and died.
Matthew says that the whole world went dark and the sun refused to shine from noon to 3 pm on the Friday afternoon when Jesus died (Mt 27:45). Just as Jesus went through dark days so we all have dark days in our lives when it seems as if the sun refuses to shine.

But the good news is that darkness is always followed by the light. The sunrise of a new day always follows the darkness of the night.

On Easter Sunday when God brought Jesus from death to life it was a sign and a symbol of this truth about life: that good ultimately overcomes evil, that life overcomes death, that light overcomes darkness, that love overcomes hate, that joy overcomes suffering, and that faith overcomes fear. Wake up early and take a look on Easter morning!


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