March 27: Standing at the Foot of the Cross

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent

March 27, 2021

For context, today’s Gospel passage begins right after Jesus has raised Lazarus from the dead, John 11:43-44. When today’s Gospel opens we see the people were beginning to believe in Jesus, and the chief priests and Pharisees are very worried because they felt Jesus’ power was challenging their power. Immediately following today’s passage in John’s Gospel, we read that orders are given by the Pharisees to arrest Jesus. Jesus is too dangerous to keep alive.

As we begin Holy Week, we remember our call to follow Christ. And this call is not just during Lent or during Holy Week, but every day of our lives. We are called as His disciples to follow Christ. And what does that look like?

In her book, “Knowing Christ Crucified”, Catholic theologian M. Shawn Copeland writes, “To know and to follow Christ crucified is to know and love those children, women, and men who are poor, excluded and despised, made different and unwelcome, lynched and crucified in our world.” Copeland goes on to say, “To follow the tears of a crucified world, the tears and weeping of a crucified people, is to arrive at the foot of the cross - the place where a disciple must take a stand rooted in knowing and loving Christ crucified.”

When we stand at the foot of the cross, we will find the poor, the excluded, the despised, the unwelcome. As we stand there with them, will we take a stand for them? Answering this question, taking this action, will not be easy. But to stand with Christ, we must take a stand for them.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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