Crucifixion

Today is Good Friday, and our thoughts go to the cross and to Jesus being nailed to that cross.  Today I think of the crucifixion in the lives of people, and in my own life.

I wear a hoodie daily. I remember nearly twenty years ago being told by a mother in Minneapolis that I was setting a bad example for her son by wearing a hoodie because only “blacks and gang members” wore hoodies.  Sterotypes persisted then, and they continue to persist.  I wear a hoodie today in memory of Trevan Martin, in memory of the thousands of young black men in Oakland who have periished at the hands of violence.  They have been crucified upon the cross of racial discrimination, steretypes and violence;

I have been called a “trouble maker” since junior high school. I have a friend who said “he is always making trouble,” my friend lives the most boring life, I might add.  I do make trouble, especially when I see a wrong being done, when I see injustice to individuals being done. I do “inflict the comfortable.”  These past few days I have been placed in a situation where I have spoken out about my own fears, but ultimately, my fear of wrongs being done to others, and now I face the darkness, the cross.  So I walk he path of Good Friday myself.

In all of this I am reminded of the biggest trouble maker of all–Jesus of Nazreth–who calls us out of our comfort, who dared speak out to the point of being nailed to the cross.  And today he is being nailed to the cross by our:

–indifference in the deaths of Trevyvan Martin and all young me of color who die at the hands of those who stereotype people rather then see them as human beings;

–in the lack of housing, food, and health care in our City, the nation, the world.

–in our indifference to those around us, to the needs, the pain, of those around us.

 

Today I call you to meditate upon the crucifixion of Jesus in our midst, and upon our total lack of indifference-to silently walk from station to station, to observe the pain around you, and to reflect upon where you stand with this.  Jesus is being crucified–are you being crucified with him or are you cheering with the crowds?

 

On Easter will you be raised with him?

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