Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stations of the Cross: Station 5 - Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

“As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.”
Luke 23:26

Simon, coming in from the  fields
pressed to carry Your cross. 
He heard Your cries.
 He felt Your pain.
 Did he sense who You really were?
 That You were more
 than a mere man?
 Have I been pressed
to carry Your cross as well? 
My own cross?
My own suffering?
I’ll walk by Your side, Lord
I’ll carry the cross
until it is finished.
Art by Lindsey Leigh - 2006 

Lenten Reflections: Realistic

"Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me." - Psalm 51:5

The Psalmist came to know what we ignore.  He embraced what we reject. 

His own guilt. His own sin. His own filth. 

He owned what we refuse to buy. 


We are dust. Remember the ashes? 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"Hey, bro. You've got dirt on your forehead."

"Really? You should see my soul!"  

 While we walk in the fog of the unrealistic, the Pslamist embraced the realistic. 

We are dust. We are filth.

But through Christ, the realistic is embraced and made clean. He doesn't see us though unrealistic eyes. He sees what is real and understands who we are. He didn't ignore our sin; He came to take it away. He came to clean us up. 

The reality of Lent is that Christ didn't come to this planet to judge the filth that we already knew we were covered with; He came to embrace the filth, live in it and give us realistic eyes. He came to bring Heaven to Earth. 

I'm filthy. You're filthy. But through Christ, we come together in complete unity; pure and clean in His Kingdom. The world's kingdoms are dumps, but together we transform this world into a playgrownd. 

Lord, help us to be mercifully realistic in our relationships with one another and with You. Help us to embrace the filth, realizing that through You, we are clean. Help us to transform this stinking dump into the Kingdom that You always had in mind: Heaven on earth. Amen