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Finished

In crucified agony,
breath crushed from within him,
Jesus summoned his strength to
speak one last time:
“It is finished.”

It is finished.

It is finished.

What is finished?
His life,
hope,
God’s plan,
the new community,
the way of love.
It seems that way
as his broken body
is removed.
Jesus and what he taught
and what he lived
appear over, done, eliminated
Truly finished.
So it seems to all the world.

Or could he mean something else?

Dare we wait . . .
and watch . . .
and wonder . . .
what is finished?

21 April 2014
Shire near the Hudson
Manhattan, New York

 

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It was good today

It was good today . . .

to worship at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
in Korean and in English;

to gather with a “United Nations” of sisters and brothers,
a multicultural, inclusive community;

to hear music ranging from
Oh Happy Day to The Holy City;

to remember Naomi
who presented me the cross I wore to preach,
who lived as a child of resurrection in a world of Good Fridays;

to experience anew the reality
of the Communion of Saints –
those with whom we once share life’s journey
go with us as the journey continues;

to watch the flowering of the cross
and to realize, for the first time,
that it denies not
the obscenity of crucifixion
but proclaims that,
affirms that,
though consequences continue and wounds remain,
resurrection follows – new life blooms.

It was good today.

See you along the Trail.

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