Some random thoughts as we leave Palm Sunday and head towards Passover and Holy Week. All this, and a lunar eclipse!
--Yesterday our church did Walter Wangerin's The Cry of the Whole Congregation. I thought about how much more I like it than any other approach to Palm/Passion Sunday that I've seen. I thought about how many churches I've been to in my life for Palm Sunday. I tried not to realize how old I am.
--I confess that I prefer the very old-fashioned way of expecting Palm Sunday to be Palm Sunday, and if people can't make it back for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday, oh well.
--But at least the Wangerin work is more participatory. I really hate hearing one person read a lengthy Gospel.
--Passover starts tonight. I think of the Seder meals of my past, of the ways that Christians have tried to understand the Jewishness of Jesus and the shared roots of Christianity and Judaism.
--I know that some people think that Christians celebrating a Seder is insulting to us all. I disagree. Well, I disagree if that Seder put on by Christians is done in a spirit of ecumenism. And I've been invited to a Seder or two and been happy to be part of the Jewish family for the night.
--For wonderful insight into the Exodus story, see this episode of the NPR show On Being. For a great resource that's very ecumenical yet rooted in Judaism, I highly recommend Marge Piercy's Pesach for the Rest of Us. Lots of insight into the traditions and lots of recipes: I think I'll bring it with me to work today.
--There's a lunar eclipse in the overnight hours. I'll likely be up anyway between 3 and 5 a.m. in the Eastern time zone, so I'll keep an eye on it. I'm always amazed at how much time a lunar eclipse takes.
--And it's tax day tomorrow. I got my taxes submitted last week-end, so it's not a big day for me. But the poet part of me wants to create a poem that weaves all of these things together.
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