xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' The Mid-Week Message: A Love So Astonishing

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Love So Astonishing

April 2, 2015

Dear St. Paul’s Family,

It was a dark week,
that week that was ultimately to be called 
Holy Week.
For Jesus it must have held a terrible realization that he was not understood,
not even by his closest friends.

He knew the painful loneliness caused by that woeful lack of understanding.
He knew that those who hated him and wanted him dead
were going to have their own way and that death would be neither quick nor easy.
Perhaps the human Jesus, in his loneliness and anguish, lashed out at the fig tree.
Someone has suggested that perhaps Jesus saw himself as that fig tree,
unable to bear fruit out of season.

What a terrible thought, but it shouldn't be pushed aside as impossible.
We will never know why Jesus cursed that fig tree.

Not in this life.

We are not able, with our finite minds,
to comprehend that Jesus was mortal and immortal, human and divine.

It is too much.

But if I accept Jesus' humanity as well as his divinity,
then I must allow the human Jesus to do things I don't like.

The Incarnation does not mean that God was willing to become mortal
for the sake of us mortal creatures,
that Infinite Power and Love willingly and lovingly
went through every temptation that comes to any one of us.

It is a love so astonishing that it can only be 
rejoiced in,
lived by,
but never understood."

Madeleine L’Engle, from “Penguins and Golden Calves”

On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of St. Paul’s UMC, I wish you and yours a blessed Holy Week and the joy of Easter resurrection.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magrey R. deVega
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
531 W. Main St.
Cherokee, IA  51012
Ph:  712-225-3955


April 2, 7:00pm Maundy Thursday Service of Holy Communion
April 3, 7:00pm Good Friday Service of Tenebrae
April 5, Easter Sunday
            Identical Services at 7:00am and 10:10am

            Easter Brunch sponsored by the Youth Program, 8:00-10:00am

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