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7th April 2020


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 07 April 2020

A Reflection for Holy Tuseday

 

If things were different, we would have met in Church this morning, for a said service of Holy Communion. After all, this is Holy week – and the day is known as Holy Tuesday. The Gospel for the day would have included the words from Jesus “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12: 24)

Whatever people make of Jesus today, it is abundantly clear that he knew what was to happen to him. The Cross was staring him in the face at this stage – and I suspect that most of us would have tried to travel in the diametrically opposite direction! Not Jesus: he continues on the road to Calvary. And why? The answer is compassion – he gives his life freely, because “God so loved the World”

At the moment the Prime Minister is in hospital and in intensive care. Whoever you voted for in the last election (and clearly any PM is not going to be everyone’s choice) we need to be praying for him. However, I was rather appalled at some of the comments given on Social media: - perhaps the most repeatable one of them is “serves him right!”

Compassion: - it literally means “to suffer with.” In this difficult time we have seen some of the best – and some of the worst examples of humanity. On one hand, we look with admiration at those who offer services and care to the housebound and those in isolation – but also with shame on those who exploit the times with their scams, preying on the vulnerable. And even the selfish behaviour of those who ignore the current restrictions, drive to the beach or use the time for their own advantage can cause us to wince. But today’s reading encourages us to look more deeply at the Christ who suffers both with and for us. Perhaps I will end with some words from Corrie Ten Boom, the elderly Dutch woman who sheltered Jews in Occupied Holland under the Nazis. “There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still”

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