March 1, 2018

A Limerick for Lent

"Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh." -Luke 6:21

Are limericks suited to Lent? Yes, indeed, in both form and intent. They’re a well-designed ploy to bring insight and joy…with a final, uplifting event. (laughter)

These words were written by Christopher Brunelle, while he was searching for an unconventional way to engage his church choir during rehearsals. Limericks hold tortured rhymes together and provide a special twist in the last line.

Laughter is an essential tool to help us cross the distance to God. When I took a look at the calendar for 2018, I gasped. Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day? Easter on April Fool’s Day? This "turn of events" hasn’t happened since 1956. The next one is 2029, then 2040, then no others in this century. Members have already been asking me how I will "handle" the juxtaposition of an empty tomb and the words, "April Fool!"

I am not sure. I guess you will have to stay tuned and show up on April 1. Just like those women who wanted to finish a burial with spices and ended up making an "uplifting" announcement. Miles Thomas in this week’s Christian Century says, "What more could Jesus have done to mock the world that killed him than rise from the dead?" Indeed.

Pastor Karen