Holy Week offers a rich and diverse array of topics for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on the Holy Thursday Last Supper, Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane, on his Seven Last Words from the cross, his walking of the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the silence of Holy Saturday, the brilliance of Easter morning, and more.
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Recent Perspectives on Devotional Reflections of Easter
Christine Valters Paintner
The call of Easter is a simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to release all you thought you know, to say yes to what comes.
We call it Holy Week. But it was a terrible week. His trial reeked of injustice. His own disciple sold him out and betrayed him with a kiss.
It's a pickle. Insistence on a literal, physical, bodily resurrection is killing the conservative Church. While its denial kills the progressive Church.
Mary Lea Hill
During this week between the agony of sin and the ecstasy of redemption, let’s think of our response to so gracious a gift.
Easter approaches in the shadow of the devastation of "Good" Friday and the stupefying silence of Holy Saturday.
Ellen Painter Dollar
Anyone could see that, as wonderful as jellybeans are, Christmas is way better than Easter.
The resurrection story, however we understand it, whether or not we can explain it, should make a difference in our minds and hearts. It's supposed to; that's what resurrection does.
So I am a progressive Christian, but I believe in the bodily resurrection. Jesus rose up from the dead with a new body.
If you want to follow Jesus, it then means being willing to confront abusive power and being willing to flip a few tables in the process.
Let us remember to deny ourselves and focus on our cross as we follow Jesus.
I need a Jesus who knows only one moment of suffering after another, to teach me how to abide the panic of my own.
Christine Valters Paintner
What does it mean for us to not just say we believe in a resurrected life, but to truly practice resurrection? Here are some practices for returning "home" to your body.
Before there was a cross, there was the love that brought forth the universe, evolved galaxies, and moved through each conception. God's eye is on the sparrow, the lilies of the field, and us.
Join me in celebrating the cosmic event of Jesus's "trampling down Death" — as the cult of bowing to Death grows around us.
Mark D. Roberts
Celebrating Easter for fifty days is not duplicating Easter Sunday fifty times over. Rather, it's taking time to reflect upon and delight in the truth of Easter and its implications for our lives.
We are not alone; we belong to God and nothing—abandonment, thirst, or cross—can separate us from God's love.
Phil Fox Rose
Resurrection is not resuscitation, it's "about breaking out into an entirely new form of life, into a life that is no longer subject to the law of dying and becoming."
As Death haunts us, stalks us, and undoes us and all whom we love, Easter carries us.
Jesus went it alone so that, rising from the dead, he could join my journey and go the distance with me, enabling me to achieve summits I'd never achieve otherwise.
Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable.
Art, scripture, and poetry to guide the day.
When we can respond to God's RADICAL grace with equivalent love and grace for all our sisters and brothers on this big damn blue marble then and only then will we truly be Easter people who will be lifted from the tomb of fear and darkness to declare—Christ has risen, Christ has risen indeed!
What's possibly "good" about Good Friday, a day of violence, when the worst side of human nature is on grotesque display?
Mark D. Roberts
Reflections, questions for further thought, and prayer for each of the traditional seven last words of Christ from the cross.
David Matthew Brown
In the Easter story we are always told to keep walking and moving, trusting in the presence of love. Jesus called that presence Father, Eckhart Tolle calls it now, Rumi calls it love, call it what you will, but spring is upon us, life is made new. IF you could resurrect yourself, what would that look like?
Poetry remembering that week that seemed so unholy.
In a land where Christ-worship is neither common nor safe, I was astonished by the way Christians in India celebrate the Easter season.
I feel like the liturgy has rescued my faith time and again because it runs deep, because I've been learning to pray true things no matter what my insides are screaming.
We would be far better off forgetting the objective question of whether these stories actually happened and, instead, concentrating on the spiritual one. Not "What is true?" but, "How am I living?"