What a beautiful start to being in church together—Sunday’s Palm/Passion service is a powerful start to Holy Week, and you have added to it such a warm welcome. I am very much enjoying meeting people, and look forward to getting to know you in the weeks ahead.
As I mentioned in my homily Sunday, Saturday marked the 77th anniversary of the death day of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a saint of the church. I have had his statement “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God” running through my head for week, and it continues to resonate. As a person who likes to make firm plans and stick to them, I can hear a challenge to be attentive to what is happening right now, in addition to the preparation for interruptions for which I would be ill prepared.
Bonhoeffer’s story is especially moving, I think, because as a modern saint we have so much information about the challenges he faced, the uncertainties and fears and mistakes. We can imagine our lives unfolding in ways not dissimilar to his. And in learning the particulars of his story, we realize once again that in life there is always interruption from what was originally hoped for.
About two years ago I read a book review about a graphic novel written about Bonhoeffer targeting a teen audience, but revelatory for any reader. It sounded so interesting that I read it—and loved it. Greencastle library carries it—you might enjoy for a challenging and inspirational read. It is called “The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler,” the author John Hendrix. Lots of pictures, my friends, and a great and inspiring story relevant to our times.
In this Holy Week, I pray that you will continue to ponder the mysteries of this life of brokenness and challenge in which we are held by the Holy One, and see new life coming from even charred ruins.