, Corbin, KY

April 21, 2014

Holy Week and Easter

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — The Rev. John Burkhart  Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and professor of  psychology blog at inspirationsandideas

God is the solidary Holy One. All who live in God share in his holiness. Such people are readily recognized by their kindness, patience, forgiveness and disposition to serve others. Holy people are willing to disrupt their plans to care for a friend or stranger.

Every human being has dignity, value and stature in the eyes of those who are holy. Such godly people see the connection between God and every human being. To love God requires loving those made to his image.

Observing my life and that of others, it appears many of us feel we are holy (loving God and neighbor) by “avoiding conflict and getting along with everyone.”  Actually being ready to interrupt one’s life, to spend time, talent and money for another’s benefit, makes love and holiness happen. The words of James (2:15-17) come to mind: “Suppose a brother or sister is hungry and in need clothes. If we say, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but do nothing for him or her, what good is that? Faith without works is dead.”

This week has been entitled “Holy Week” by the graphic and bloody demonstration of love by God himself — the death of his Son for our benefit. Holiness is expensive. It will cost  some portion of our life every time. Such holiness starts at home with service to spouse and family members and extends to strangers and even enemies.

With such willful, generous and joyful laying our lives down in the service of others, our destiny is identical to God’s crucified Son — Resurrection.

Therein we can all celebrate and experience a HAPPY EASTER.