A Wild Week in the Landscape of the Universe

Holy week. The last week in the life Jesus, the son of a carpenter from the small town of Nazareth (now part of the Palestinian Territories). It was a week that New Testament writer, N.T. Wright describes this way: “Jesus was called to throw himself on the wheel of world history, so that, even though it crushed him, it might start to turn in the opposite direction.” So much seemed so unholy about it when it played out in real time:

Weeping women, coward  friends,

dirty cloaks and mob actions.

Tired mules, lonely dreams

Prince of peace betrayed.

Kangaroo! The court’s in session

liars rant in

degradation;

flagellation humiliation,

pulverized intimidation.

Swooning souls and swollen eyes

Someone take his mother’s side.

About Wendy Murray

Wendy Murray is a veteran and award-winning journalist. She served as associate editor and Senior Writer at Christianity Today magazine and has written extensively for other publications such as Books & Culture and The Christian Century. She has written 11 books.


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