Here are a few comments from Ashley’s reflection on the cross that formed part of our short Good Friday service at St Catherine’s, East Tilbury village.
There is something strange about Jesus’ death, something unexpected, something, remember, that to those looking on at the time seemed stupid or foolish.
What is clear to me, however, is that, like the disruption being caused by Extinction Rebellion, Jesus’ death is a challenge to business as usual. The status quo of wealth and power and violence is exposed for what it is.
And unlike the response to Notre Dame, Jesus’ death refuses to let us just put things back the way they were. The cross quite simply tells us that everything has changed. God is out of the bag and he won’t be put back in.
Of course we will try to put things back the way they were. We don’t like the strange. We prefer the normal. I think that’s because we want to feel that we are in control of our lives.
The cross of Jesus reminds us that we are not.
[Reflecting on Mark 8.27-33 and 1 Corinthians 1.14-25 in the light of the response to the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and the climate change protests taking part in London and other cities.]
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