We are in our third week in a row of Jesus’ trial, and the story is getting increasingly painful to endure. If we stick with it enough to actually take it in, to allow ourselves to feel all we feel, we might notice that - while horrific - it’s not actually all that exceptional. Jesus is getting slowly and brutally churned up by the carceral system of his day, in the same way that beloved humans are slowly and brutally churned up by the carceral system of ours. Pastor Megan explores some of those contemporary echoes in the story, lamenting our complicity and the harm experienced by each one. We visualize a “circle of grace” within which each beloved - even in the midst of violence and violation - might experience the presence of God, who knows exactly what it’s like to be humiliated, violated, chewed up, and spat out. God, have mercy.
Sermon begins at minute 2:58.
Image: detail from Our Lady of Ferguson, by Mark Doox