Monday in Holy Week, April 15, 2019
Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.
Holy Week is a particularly appropriate time to reflect on all that God has done for us to redeem us from sin and death.
We tend to focus almost exclusively on Jesus’ death as the content of the atonement, but God’s purposes embrace a much wider view of Christ’s saving work.
God created the world to share in the divine life and love. God poured out the divine being in order that we might have existence, and pour ourselves out in love toward God and each other. Our sin is to turn exclusively toward ourselves, our own tribe, or nation. This focus on self distorts the beauty of creation and leads to suffering.
To bring us back from the brink of death, God, in the Second Person of the Trinity, chose to enter God’s own creation, in order to restore it to union with the divine life.
Jesus walked our way of suffering, and through his death, resurrection, and ascension, took our nature back into the life of the Trinity. In our baptism, we come to share in Christ’s human nature, in union with Christ’s divine nature.
Almighty God, whose dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Monday in Holy Week, BCP 220)