Dear People of God,
As we begin the Holy Week journey together, I have been contemplating the process of transformation. How does one go from death to life? How does one live with suffering and abandonment and maintain hope?
The symbols of the Triduum, the three days from Maundy Thursday through Easter, point to so much of our faith as Christians. Foot washing accoutrement, bread, wine, water, fire, lilies, eggs; butterflies each point us to our practice for the rest of the year. Service, love, thanksgiving, forgiveness, passion/purity, beauty, new life, hope are the hallmarks of our Christian life.
The symbol that has captured my imagination this year is the butterfly. What I have come to know through the wonders of Wikipedia is that holometabolous insects, those that undergo a complete metamorphosis, go through four life stages; embryo, larva, pupa and imago. Butterflies begin, like us, as embryos and end up like us too, imagoes.
This time of Holy Week is a sort of pupa stage for us. A melting down of our defenses, fear, anger, grief so that we may be resurrected like Jesus through God’s healing, love and forgiveness to become fully the imago Dei, the image of God which we are created to be from our birth.
May we have courage to risk being who we are at this stage in our lives.