Friday after the Fifth Sunday in Lent
In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe. Those who were crucified with him also taunted him. Mark 15:31-32
Asking Jesus for proof of omnipotence is not a new request. Sometimes we find ourselves uttering the words, “If you are God, please save me from this situation… give me a sign.” Or, “If you intervene, if you help me, I will do anything for you in return.”
We all may have had these kinds of conversations with Jesus, at one time or another. But thankfully his relationship with us is not contractual. Mercy, justice, and love don’t operate with this kind of currency. Instead, they are gifts. They are given abundantly, sometimes shockingly, and in disproportionate amounts to our sin.
And the ways that God gives them to us might not always be the way that we ask, or even want. Often mercy comes to us when we least expect, or when we think we are least deserving. Justice may be present in ways that we don’t understand. And love may pierce our hearts in a situation or through a person with whom we don’t want to connect.
We may never be able to get our heads around the magnitude of God’s care and love for us. But what we do know is that it is so powerful that God slipped into the vulnerability of skin and entered our violent and disturbing world so that he could redeem us – redeem the pain, brokenness, struggle and strife. Bind the lame, and transform death into life.
The Rev. Amanda Eiman
Saint David’s, Radnor