HOLY WEEK | 4.4.12
Holy Week confronts us with the fullness of Christ’s humanity. After all, we Christians know the story well: this Friday, our Messiah will die, just as if He were any other man. In today’s Old Testament texts we may find images of Jesus’ experiences of the suffering, the fear, and the weakness that come along with being human. But it is not Isaiah’s description of violence that strikes me with my Savior’s mortality today; rather, it is the simple cry of the Psalmist: “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!” (Ps. 70:5)
God chose to be born into humanity in the form of Jesus. God did not choose to be born into safety and luxury, rather, our God chose to be born to a poor couple in a stable, to work hard for his food, to travel the dusty roads on sore feet, to be rejected, betrayed, abandoned, tortured and killed. God chose to be one with us without leaving out the bad parts, to feel the full array of human hardship on His own body, and continues to choose to be with us in our pain. Furthermore, God has felt the plight of the “least-of-these,” has made it God’s own plight, and cries out for help with them: “But I am poor and needy; hasten to me!”
We can be sure that if God chooses to suffer with us, God also chooses to help us through our hard times. Thus we may hear Christ speaking not only in the Psalm, but in the words of Isaiah: “The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word” (Is. 50:4). Perhaps that word is resurrection: the hope for new life and a better world.
May we remember in both wonderful and horrible times that our God has chosen to walk this road with us. May we be sustained in the hope of the resurrection. And may we hear our Lord’s voice in the cries of the poor and needy and join God in sustaining them. Amen.
Graduate Assistant, University Ministries
You can download the full Lent and Holy Week Devotional Guide at: http://www.belmont.edu/religion/files/lent-devotional-2012-final.pdf