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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 28, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, March 28     Wednesday in Holy Week

Luke 23:44-46 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.

There’s this odd clause here in Luke’s crucifixion narrative that we often gloss over: “The curtain of the temple was torn in two.” To ignore this phrase is to whitewash a crucial event: The shattering of the age-old distance between us and God.

The curtain separated the rest of the temple from the holiest space—a place only the high priest entered once a year (on the Day of Atonement) to offer prayers and sacrifices on behalf of the Children of Israel. Woven in colors of blue, purple, and scarlet, the curtain was sixty feet long, twenty feet high, and six inches wide, and it required some 300 men to hang it. Behind the curtain was the Ark of the Covenant, the ultimate symbol of God’s presence.

With Jesus’ death comes complete access to the divine. In this liminal moment, with one foot on earth and one in Paradise, the Good Shepherd holds us closely—and refuses to let go.

MOVING FORWARD: Where do you feel closest to God? If possible, visit that place today.

Good Book Club Reading: Luke 23:44-56

PRAY for the Diocese of Bristol and Bristol-Swindon (England)



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