Any reading of the passion narrative from this week moves me from my apathy. Intially taken aback by the violence and seeming inhumanity of the Romans and the Jewish authorities of the time and suddenly I am jolted out of that easy judgement. Isnt the world like this now? Dont we all know a Pilate and a Caiphas? Are we ourselves like that too. That for me is the most remarkable thing, that God chose grim reality, our own realities.
So we see that the story of Jesus' passion and death we are present at every level, in every character and painful act....because Jesus himself is truly present today also.
We are more than bystanders in the story. We are activists because he was human and we are too. His story is our story and although we know that hope wins over fear and pain- the journey through the cross is not an optional extra.
What we can choose is whether we are a simon of cyrene and help with the cross-carrying of others or are we going along with a crowd and shouting out. Or are we drunk on our own power? Are we broken by grief and denial like Peter?
In our N4BW values we know that Jesus Christ is present in and Lord of, all the stuff of life we see around us at home and in the Developing World. Our colleagues are in Malawi this Easter to celebrate with the people, with people who themselves know what it is to be scorned, to suffer and to die prematurely through no fault of their own.
We will dance with them this year joyfully on Resurrection Sunday and commit to walking with them, even in their suffering over the coming year. Happy Easter
Richard Owens, Secretary, N4BW
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