PASSIONATE DENIAL

Fires of Betrayal --- Berkeley Hills 1991

Fires of Betrayal — Berkeley Hills 1991

Mark 11:8-14 & Mark 14:66-68
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

The pageant of Passion Sunday
in sixteen verses,
or three lines:
Praise him we love him;
I don’t remember him;
never saw him before…
The Easter Sequence
is not so much about what happened to Jesus,
but about our culpability in the betrayal.
Sure we weren’t there,
but we don’t need to have been to understand
the depth of the denial and
and the pain felt from the betrayal.
This has happened to us—
by a friend or loved one;
we have done this—
to a friend or loved one.
The stories about Jesus may
have occurred centuries ago,
but they are always about right now.
We have betrayed;
we are betrayed
by others,
by our political leaders,
by our churches,
by friends,
by lovers,
by ourselves.
The time has come for love.
In accepting just who we are
and only in accepting just who we are
can God’s love be truly real.
And who are we that we are to accept?
In the eyes of God we are a people of love,
not a people of anger and bitterness,
denial and betrayal—
For God’s sake,
for our sakes
let us live into this…

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