It’s the rare year when Easter and Passover miss each other by weeks. And the death of Prince is going to eclipse everything in a Bacchic frenzy. But that’s not how things work in this place. This night is still different from all other nights.
Sixty-one years ago today, at Tegel Prison in Flossenbürg, Germany, Nazi guards hanged Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two weeks later, the Soviets would liberate the prison. This is the last poem he wrote, found in his cell. “By the Powers of Good” With every power for good to stay and guide me, Comforted and inspired beyond all fear, I’ll […]
“Gethsemane” Mary Oliver The grass never sleeps. Or the roses. Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning. Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept. The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet, and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body, and heaven knows if it […]
A naive luxury of Christianity is that Good Friday has been repeated for centuries. The paradox of repetition is that either it creates a complete desensitization or it creates an obsession. The familiarity of Good Friday is such that it surpasses meaninglessness, becoming a blindspot, as seen among many American Protestants, who focus only on Easter. […]