Easter is right around the corner. Frilly
dresses are in readiness for little girls. Bunnies are putting their
last-minute touches on colored eggs.
For church musicians, it’s “crunch
time.” Holy Thursday is today and there’ll be lots of Very Significant music to
perform. There’ll be even more of it on Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.
In many Protestant churches, Holy
Thursday is referred to as “Maundy Thursday” (“Maundy” from the Latin mandatum;
Christ’s mandate to wash the feet of others.)
A long-time friend of mine once
thought I was saying Monday-Thursday, so the name stuck. Subsequently, Good
Friday is now Tuesday-Friday.
As a Christian, I just don’t respond much to
the whole idea of a resurrection, though. The concept of Jesus coming back to life
three days after the crucifixion just seems too far-fetched. Gods and messiahs in ancient history always
came back to life. A resurrection is almost a theological cliché. It’s much too
Give me a god-figure who experienced pain,
doubt and affliction like we do – Now, that is a god I can worship. That is a
god I can embrace. That is a God for whom I’ll join a monastery and learn
My favorite philosopher, Simone Weil,
once said that “If the gospel omitted all mention of Christ’s resurrection,
faith would be easier for me.”
Provocative statements such as that are
why she’s my favorite philosopher; that, and she’s freaking brilliant.
So, the crucifixion, for me, is enough.
The resurrection, superfluous.
I could stop after Tuesday-Friday.