“’Christ must increase, and I must decrease,’ the apostle John declares, and his words resonate through the readings collected in this book. The men and women who wrote them faced the same challenge we do: to discover Christ—the scarred God, the weak and wretched God, the crucified, dying God of blood and despair—amid the alluring gods of our feel-good age. He reveals the appalling strangeness of divine mercy, and the Love from which it springs. Such Love could not stay imprisoned in a cold tomb. Nor need we, if we truly surrender our lives to it.”
--the editors of Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter
The quote above is an excerpt from the introduction to the new Lenten study on Tuesday mornings at 11 am in the Robert Safrit classroom. It speaks of the mystery of the crucified Christ: that God most high would choose to die, and die painfully, so that we might share with God in the glory of the Resurrection.
There is hard and painful language in this quote because it deals with a hard and painful subject: the road to the Cross and Jesus’ death. Ultimately, though, it comes around to the whole truth—that Mercy and Love are ours in Christ, even and perhaps especially in our suffering.
Please join us on Tuesdays at 11 am in the Safrit classroom as we journey through the strange and dark season of Lent, the season of sacrifice and the Cross, to Easter’s Light and the joy of the Resurrection. Everyone is welcome!