April 4, 2020
April 4, 2020
Christ is the Greek word for Messiah, the Anointed One who has the power to save us. In this litany we will find a Lenten image of Christ and then remind ourselves even that “less than” experience of Christ is still enough. The following Litany is inspired by the words of Caryll Houselander.
A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but Jesus was asleep. (Matthew 8:24)
A sleeping Christ is still Christ!
In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. (Mark 1:35-36)
A missing Christ is still Christ!
The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands. (Luke 9:44)
A betrayed Christ is still Christ!
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. (John 19:1-3)
A beaten Christ is still Christ!
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. (Matthew 27:50)
A dying Christ is still Christ!
Then they took the body of Jesus down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb. (Luke 23:53)
A Christ in the tomb is still Christ!
God, you are my creator, redeemer, and sustainer. May I remind myself that you are present even when it doesn’t appear so.
Set aside the time now, to partake in the home-based Station of the Cross coming next week.