John 13:1-17, 31-35 (NRSV) Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet 13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart […]
Luke 19:28-40 (NRSV) Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem 28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you […]
This is Bishop Satterlee’s Sermon from our Easter Vigil Service on April 19, 2014.
For me this night, I am lingering here beneath the cross of Jesus just like Jesus’ mother Mary, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene, and the disciple whom Jesus loved. All of them are standing under Jesus’ cross looking up at him, watching as he hangs on the cross. We all know the ending of this story, and we so often rush our way through this night just to get to the good part of resurrection; but you also know the truth about this night. There can be no good news at all in the resurrection if we are not acquainted with death. If we have no experience of this night and of the cross, then an empty tomb will be absolutely meaningless.