Jesus was never far from political controversy. The world in which Jesus lived was ripe with tensions, a push and pull between powers, authorities, systems and nations. Consider a nation divided today, the world in which Jesus lived was beyond divided. It was ready for riot.
As we read in today's scripture, the deep divide brought Jesus to his death. What I like about this scripture is not necessarily the actions of Jesus, but those around him. Some of his closest friends, most faithful disciples followed him. Stayed by his side. Took care of him. They were women.
And these courageous women were named, by name, as the ones who carried the torch of their faith in the midst of tremendous political division.
Isn't it just like Jesus to empower the powerless to the point that they were unafraid to do what's right, to cling to their faith, and to show the whole of history what it looks like to follow Jesus... all the way to the cross, to the tomb, and eventually resurrection.
Today was a day full of mixed emotion. It was, it is inauguration day. I am grateful for this country, inspired by the idealism, proud of the ingenuity and creativity. I hope for good things to come. And as concerned as I have been because of so many of the things said over the past year and months, I do expect goodness.
I expect goodness. I expect goodness because I know what I can do. I know who I am. I know the God that I serve. I know what Jesus has taught me. I expect goodness because I know that there are others who believe in truth, love, peace and compassion. I expect goodness because Jesus is in me.
I expect goodness because I know that even when it's hard, even when it feels unsurmountable, even when it feels hopeless, we know what it looks like to follow Jesus, to the cross, the tomb, and finally to victory.
Read Mark 15 online.