Where the Incarnation of Christ meets
the essential experience of the Church.
The church refers to the last week of Jesus’ mortal life as “The Passion of Christ”, as in the movie by the same name. The Passion is understood as the name for Jesus’ suffering and death during what we call Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday and leading us through the Last Supper on Thursday and up to the crucifixion at Golgotha on Good Friday. We then remember that Jesus remained three days in the grave before he was raised from the dead into the Resurrection.
The word passion has the Latin root pati, then passio, meaning “to suffer.” It later came to mean any deep and intense feeling, no doubt owing to the fact that when we feel any emotion intensely, whether joy, sorrow, love, hate, etc, there is a kind of suffering – it hurts, we feel it so deeply. And so in our culture we use the word passion most frequently in reference to romantic and sexual intimacy.
Passion is the root feeling of deepest connectedness. Without connection, there is no passion. As we look toward the passion of Jesus, we must also look to the ways of connectedness. How is Jesus connected to us? How are we connected to one another? How are we connected to God through our relationship with Jesus? Jesus came to lead us back to God – to help us see, understand, navigate and travel the road back to God, which is also the road back to us, the “road back to you.”
These are the theme ideas we will explore during Lent:
Exploring our connectedness:
And conversely, our disconnectedness…
More broadly, where do you see connection and disconnection happening in the world around you? What thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions of individuals, groups, governments and systems either promote and enhance connectedness or disrupt it and foster disconnection?
What images, scenes and experiences illustrate either connection or disconnection? What scenes from movies, theatre, or TV? What songs? What poetry or fiction? What historical biography?
If you were to enact something that grounded and conveyed the experience of connectedness, disconnectedness or reconnection, what might that be?
* Image credit: http://www.gapingvoidart.com/gallery/make-a-connection-decal/