On the Thursday before Easter Sunday, you agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane awaiting your destiny of rejection, torture, humiliation and debilitating pain. You submitted willingly to Our Father's Will be done. For us.
It is difficult to read or watch visuals of what was done to you. You did it all for us. All of us. It's also very difficult to watch the people you died to give salvation to, turn their backs on you and worse, reject your deity and teachings.
You, as the Word, beautifully show us the Way, the Truth and the Life. You show us that through You, we know Our Father in Heaven. And now we are repeating your words, "Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do."
You taught us about love and there is hate all around us. You taught us about love of families and families have splintered. You taught us about marriage between a man and a woman, and marriage has morphed into what the world wants, not what you taught us. You taught us that marriage is important for procreation, but the world wants to abort babies, not create them.
You gave us a new covenant but the world chooses greed, power, and narcissism over sharing, humbleness and stewardship. You taught us peace, church community sharing and honesty; instead we have violence, bullying and untruths. You promised us abundance if we follow your path, and instead the world has forged its own path of idolatry, selfishness, and ungodliness. And it's falling apart.
The Word tells us to praise and glorify God and the world tells us it's superstitious, ignorant, and discriminatory to listen to your Words. We are called extremists and radicals and they call themselves progressives and socialists. We want to stay faithful to you and they want us to denounce or hide that faith.
There are many of us who believe in who you are and what you taught through Our Father. And we also understand what you taught and how it will end. Thank you for the gift of spirit that endures our faith. We're sorry if the path leading to you is narrow and the path that leads away from you is wide. But it is their choice and we were given free will to choose which one we will take. In the long run their choices are not long-lasting, and become unsatisfactory and unhappy. And empty.
"Eye has not seen nor ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love him." Thank you, Jesus, for making it possible. On Easter Sunday, we rejoiced with you. We love and thank you.
Marie Coppola Revised April 2019