Good Morning, God!
We are IN Holy Week, God, and I am so THANKFUL. I love my Central Union Church at home, God. But, I was raised an Episcopalian, so Holy Communion is so much more meaningful to me in the Episcopal Church.
Imagine the JOY of having “real” communion on Palm Sunday! And this was a very special Palm Sunday service, God, as it purposefully anticipated Good Friday.
After the communion 4 young people carried a large wooden cross — in silence — up to the communion area and after standing for several minutes they laid it on the floor. Then the congregation could choose to leave — or to go up and leave our palm branches resting against the cross — a powerfully symbolic act.
But, perhaps, the most moving part of the service was the First Reading — a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyr. “The church, entrusted with the earth’s glory, believes that in each person is the Creator’s image and that everyone who tramples it offends God. . . . Whoever tortures a human being, whoever abuses a human being, whoever outrages a human being abuses God’s image, and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom.” (from The Violence of Love.)
Oh, God, it is so easy to understand how he was shot and killed. Those who were responsible for the torture and killing of so many — could not bear the pain of sitting in church and hearing Your Truth. Surely, if those who do a “kindness” to the poor do it to Jesus — so too, those who do a “harm” to the poor do it to Jesus. Aiee! Let us all HEAR THOSE WORDS! Begin with me, God!