Tuesday of Holy Week, April 16, 2019
Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.
Our fear of death prevents us from living with joy and for others. Because we see our life as finite and limited, we try to get as much as we can. We buy things we don’t need, for fear that we won’t ever have enough. We grab as much pleasure as we can for fear that we won’t taste it all before we die. We forget that only what we give away as gift is really ever ours. We forget that we exist only by God’s gift of the divine self in our creation. We forget that we live in a world of the abundance of grace.
We contemplate Jesus’ death on the cross, because here, more clearly than anywhere else, is the proof of the cost God is willing to bear to share the gift of love with us. The world may see it as shame to share ourselves with others, but that giving is at the very heart of the life of the Trinity. When we are baptized, we die to a world of scarcity and are raised into a life of abundant grace. The cross of Christ reveals God’s glory and ours, a life of joyful gift.
O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Tuesday in Holy Week, BCP 220)