Although these are ‘Church times,’ they are also Our times. Our lives, our country, and our world have our own ‘holy weeks,’ our own times of distress, tragedy, fear, grief, sadness, and times of letting go. Then, we can see hope Resurrected, and be amazed again, that Love can win.
Our country and world are going through changes that threaten many people. We are worried that we will lose health care insurance, benefits for the elderly or disabled, and programs that help young children. People of color aren’t treated as well as those of us who are White, whether in law enforcement, our justice system, or society in general. Immigrants are threatened, and so are the families and friends that love them.
Then there are the issues that always affect us: illness, death, family problems, conflict, lost jobs, lost houses, lost income, aging, loved ones moving, and loss of independence.
That is a lot to carry! It can seem overwhelming.
At the same time, I see an amazing outpouring of important, positive messages that stand up for human rights and dignity. I can’t look at Facebook without seeing multiple videos, articles, blogs, and commercials upholding the enormous worth of every individual. I see comedians on TV poking fun at irrational or self-promoting ideas and policies, people expressing themselves in ‘Letters to the Editor,’ in the newspaper, and I hear musicians and songwriters create and perform music that reflects the values that we promote. Talk show hosts and MN Public Radio feature men and women who speak out about preserving the rights of all people, and protecting the poor and most vulnerable among us.
Carol and I attended the Northside Celebration at North High School last Sunday. It was marvelous! It was a wonderful celebration of diversity in music, poetry, and storytelling, as well as in races and ages.
I am surrounded by hundreds of people using their particular talents to express what they believe, and to protest what they know to be wrong. Everyone seems to be channeling the gifts that they have been given, to state their truth. For some, TV personalities, musicians, and writers, this is professional. Most of us just do what we can do. I saw an older cowboy on Facebook talking about the threat of ending Meals on Wheels! Thousands of people have marched, or protested, but millions have spread their values through ordinary conversations with their friends, families, and neighbors.
This is how God spreads the Good News! This is how the world moves from tipping in the wrong direction to tipping to a place where everyone has enough, where human rights and worth are respected, and where the earth and environment are nurtured.
This is how God speaks.
Resurrection happened at Easter. It will happen eventually with us, when we open ourselves to God in eternal life. But it also happens whenever we resurrect a Gospel value for others, or for a small place in the world.