Posted March 30, 2015
My First Easter Confessors
By Dan Clendenin
I've been doing a lot of doctoring recently — the dentist, the optometrist, and my internist for an annual physical. Next up is the dermatologist; I've had three surgeries for basal cell carcinoma, and a friend who was just diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma.
As I left the doctor's office last week with instructions for two follow up tests, I thought about Jane Kenyon's poem Otherwise. I love how she combines genuine gratitude for the present with brutal realism about the future.
The Eighth Day
Posted March 25, 2015
The Reluctant Cross-Bearer
Jesus has fallen down, and the drama of Good Friday is at a standstill. The Roman soldiers whose job it is to get him executed fear they're falling behind schedule. Worse, they fear the "King of the Jews" might die on the road, ruining the spectacle they've planned up ahead. They've tried mocking and hitting him. But it's clear that Jesus is too weak to take another step on his own.
Enter Simon. According to the Gospels, he was a pilgrim from Africa, newly arrived in Jerusalem. We have no reason to believe he knew anything about Jesus. He was just a foreigner in a strange city, an unlucky guy who ended up at the wrong place at the wrong time.