The very stones cry out: NO MORE

Pastor Cathy with #NeverAgain Sign
Some thoughts on the confluence of Palm Sunday and the #MarchforOurLives

2000 years ago Jesus entered the holy city, humble, seated on a donkey, and the people shouted with joy. Finally, the hope they had been waiting for! Finally, things would be made right. Some tried to quiet them, but Jesus himself answered them: ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.’

The power of God’s holy life, strong enough to roll away the stone of hopelessness and loss, strong enough to break open the tombs of our own making, strong enough to look death in the face and say NO MORE, will not be silenced. The very stones will cry out. Right now they are crying out in the voices of our young people, who at a tender age have already had enough. A little child shall lead them, indeed.

Some would silence these youth, suggest that they are not to be taken seriously. In the voice of Jesus, I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.

Some, not remembering what happened those 2000 years ago, would suggest that we church people should not “get involved in politics.” Jesus was killed by the death-dealing forces of a political structure that could not deal with his embodiment of the life-giving love of God – a love that would stop at nothing to reach the world.

Each and every time we stand up to the death-dealing idolatry of gun worship, we stand up with Jesus to testify: the power of God’s holy life, strong enough to roll away the stone of hopelessness and loss, strong enough to break open the tombs of our own making, strong enough to look death in the face and say NO MORE, will not be silenced.

In the end, love has the last word. And that word is life.

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