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SUNDAY, November 20
The Last Sunday after Pentecost
Luke 23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
This past fall, I made a point to reread the gospels. I tried to approach them as though I had never read them before, and I rediscovered the beauty of the texts. They’re so infused with life and joy. They feel like great mythos and earthy, gritty reality. With each book, I tried to place myself within the context of the story. I felt connected to the characters and, most importantly, connected to Christ. But when I came again to the crucifixion, I froze. I didn’t want to enter fully into the story. Sometimes I read it at arm’s length, or I glossed over Jesus’s death entirely because it was just too painful to read. Other times, I read it as purposely as I was able and had my heart broken again.
As grateful as I am for the beauty of the gospels, I am most grateful that the story isn’t ultimately a tragedy.
MOVING FORWARD: Read Luke 23. Where are you in the crucifixion story? Imagine yourself as the guards, the criminals, the onlookers.