This day seems to be all about death, Jesus;

what else is it when you are arrested,

accused,

beaten,

betrayed,

crucified?

 

But, when we look a little closer,

we discover it’s really all about life;

integrity unbowed by expediency,

love unchanged by hatred,

humility undeterred by power,

truth untainted by lies;

and real, vibrant, fearless life breaking through it all.

 

You died, Jesus, because you refused to settle for anything less,

than genuine, eternal life,

for you, and for us all.

 

Teach us to live by the same creed,

to refuse to cling to a life that is less than real,

less than honest, humble and loving;

and to be so resolute in our quest for life,

that we will always be ready to die

in order to find it and share it.

 

Amen.

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