Editor’s Note – During this Holy Week, Geography of Grace is publishing thoughts from several Street Psalms – A Community of the Incarnation members. Look for more information on this community in an upcoming post.
“I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I and not another. How my heart yearns within me.”
WE MADE IT!! For us as a community, this Easter declaration of Job in the midst of his intense suffering, pain and loss is a fitting viewfinder through which to conclude our Semana Santa reflections. We began this Lenten journey 5 weeks ago and have persevered through a long, arduous journey towards and through the cross. Today is Easter Sunday and we resolutely declare with S. Lewis Johnson that “The resurrection is God’s Amen! to Jesus’ statement, “It is finished.” The intense birthing pains and excruciating suffering of Friday has now yielded to and given birth this day to the resolute hope that we find in an open and empty tomb.
Job’s declaration above is a resignation to joy. He has lost all else and thus resigns himself to seize the only thing that yet remains: “I know that my Goel (Kinsman, Avenger) liveth.”Job realizes that while his “friends” have been a complete failure to him and even his wife has told him to curse God and die, Yahweh is his personal Kinsman Redeemer. The kind of suffering that Job has experienced has “gifted” him with the ability to live in an elevated awareness of truth. It is this “gifting” that allowed Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga to describe the murder of his friend, “A Beautiful Gospel Time” - His friend being a fellow priest who had been killed at a police station where he had gone to condemn the mistreatment of two indigenous women.