Church of England Diocese of Rochester Strood, St. Francis

Holy Week 2020 - Thought for Wednesday

Anna Drew writes: 

Like many, I’ve been keeping in regular touch with my family and friends during Coronavirus lockdown. My brother and I text every few days to check in and see how things are – whether the kids are driving us mad, whether we’re managing to get any work done at home, how we’re feeling about it all...

It’s interesting that the thing that’s weighing most heavily on us both emotionally right now is the uncertainty of it all. On the one hand, if we could click our fingers and send life back to normal in an instant we simply wouldn’t hesitate. On the other hand, though it may sound dramatic, it’s hard to imagine things ever being normal again. At least before all this we had the illusion of life being at least vaguely predictable, under control.

Today we remember the evening when Jesus, under arrest, was taken to the house of the high priest. But in today’s gospel reading (Luke 22:54-71), the spotlight is less on him than it is on his disciple Peter. Peter the faithful one, Peter the enthusiast, Peter who styled himself as Jesus’ best mate. Surely, where others might fail, he would be the one with the courage to stand by his friend?

And yet we know all too well the story of his denial – not once but three times he instinctively chooses self-protection over loyalty.

Every Thursday in Holy Week, it is traditional for clergy and lay ministers to renew their ministerial vows, recommitting themselves to following Christ and serving God’s people. This year, possibly for the first time, that will have to be done at a distance, online. But it’s no less significant for that.

During a week when we recall the uncertainty that surrounded Jesus and his friends, we recommit ourselves to God - and we do this as a way of acknowledging the goodness of God.

Even in darkness, God is good.

Even in sickness, God is good.

God is good.

All the time.

This virus has left many of us wondering about the goodness of God, about his faithfulness to humanity and his care for us. In these dark and worrying times, in these moments of uncertainty and threat, who do we say that he is?

This image can be found in Jerusalem – it is a sculpture depicting Peter’s denial of Jesus. The Latin translates as ‘I do not even know him’

You might like to listen to this song ‘When Silence Falls’ by Tim Hughes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkdKJqQkYeo

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