Sunday, March 20, 2016

Seder Meal

"An arrangement of the Last Supper as a Historical Drama"  at St. Dominic's.  Wow.  Quite an experience!  We are so grateful to our friends Cristina and Patrick for inviting us.  We sat at the head table and helped do some of the readings for the evening, which explained the relevance of the traditional foods eaten at a Seder meal,  the last that Christ had.  Father Anthony was both wonderful as the leader of the evening and as a table mate - we had wonderful conversation about his adventures on the Camino de Santiago de Compostello in Spain.  We also got to visit with our friend Father Steve (not pictured) and that is always a treat.
Cristina and Father Anthony

The kids around the table
 My prayer, as "the mother:"  "Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Who hast sanctified us by Thy commandments and, commanded u to kindle the festival lights.  Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Who hast kept us alive and sustained us and brought us to this season.  May our home be consecrated, O God, by the light of Thy countenance, shining upon us in blessing and bringing us peace.  Amen!"

I found this prayer, from Henri Nouwen, on the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel blog.  It seemed perfect as we launched Holy Week with this lovely, spiritual, cozy, and memorable evening:

 Passion is a kind of waiting – waiting for what other people are going to do.  Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city.  And Jesus knew that he was going to put a choice before them:  Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner?  There is no middle ground here.  Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say Yes or No.  That is the great drama of Jesus’ passion:  he had to wait for their response.  What would they do?  Betray him, or follow him?

   In a way, his agony is not simply the agony of approaching death.  It is also the agony of being out of control and of having to wait.  It is the agony of a God who depends on us to decide how to live out the divine presence among us.  It is the agony of the God who, in a very mysterious way, allows us to decide how God will be God.  Here we glimpse the mystery of God’s incarnation.  God became human not only to act among us but also to be the recipient of our responses.

   And that is the mystery of Jesus’ love.  Jesus in his passion is the one who waits for our response.  Precisely in that waiting, the intensity of his love and God’s is revealed to us. 
--Henri Nouwen, Finding My Way Home


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