Sunday, April 17, 2011

Descent into greatness

Artist: Pietro Lorenzetti

I am very struck by the juxtaposition of these two words, "descent" and "greatness". It reminds me of Henri Nouwen's term, "downward mobility".

Pastor Bill Hybels wrote a book entitled, Descending Into Greatness. Too many Christians only come to church for the triumph of Palm Sunday and then skip directly to the triumph of Easter missing the trip down through the week. They skip from the wave crest of Palm Sunday to the wave crest of Easter, and they miss the descent into greatness. The only way up is down. Jesus is calling us to that same journey downward into greatness.

-- Mickey Anders

And here's another quotation that is really appropriate for today:

This day is not in anticipation of is in anticipation Good Friday.

-- Peter Gomes


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