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Does the church make sense or do we make it too hard for people to come in? I think yes and yes and the task then is to make it easier. Maybe for someone out there, this will be the case. I write as a Lutheran (or, perhaps a Lutherpalian) although I might seem out of the mainstream from time to time. That's okay, isn't it? Let's blog on.

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Contrary to what Google will tell you, I have been blogging for several year, right here. Look for Churchstuff-moreorless. life was a hell of a lot easier when you could talk to someone to get help. Now, you can't do it on the telephone, you can't do it on the internet. Life was easier and made more sense because people actually cared. Now they will screw you as quickly as they will help you. Unfuck the world.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Maundy Thursday

Today is an under-appreciated festival in the life of the church--or at least it has become one. In the hurried world in which we live, there is an anxiety to get from Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem to his Resurrection one week later. Many churches will be sparsely populated despite the best efforts of clergy to remind their flocks of the importance of the Holy Triduum.

I think that it has to do with the fact that we are loathe to take responsibility. We wish to lock Jesus in some time continuum and do not see these days as anything more than a week in the life so long ago.  It happened then and there, once an for all, a long time ago. We fail to recognize our own participations in these events, we fail to see ourselves present in these events.

Holy Week, the Holy Triduum is here and now. Jesus continues to try and enter into the Jerusalem of our hearts. We are there, even if only onlookers, shouting our hosannas with the rest of the crowd and then very quickly going about our business. As though there is time, as though there are more important things left to do.

Yet, at one time or another, we are there. We are present. We play the roles of all of the characters in this Divine Drama. Today, Maundy Thursday, we need to recognize that we are, indeed, Judas, and that Jesus, failing to live up to our expectations, is being betrayed by those who claim to love him best.


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