The Gift of Vulnerability
Every year, as I make my way through Lent, I ponder what the cross means for me. Each Sunday, Jesus makes his way purposefully toward Jerusalem with his disciples trying to help them understand that he will suffer and die. Rather than being some big cosmic mistake, this is how things are supposed to unfold.
I have been helped in my understanding this year by Brene Brown’s work on vulnerability. She defines vulnerability as uncertainty, risk or exposure. The feeling she reports most people having when they are vulnerable is nakedness. She challenges her readers to have the courage to be vulnerable in the service of living a whole-hearted life. Living fully involves revealing what is truly in our hearts, what is truly going on for us, and opening ourselves to others. And to do this despite the risk of suffering and rejection.
Jesus’ whole life is making himself vulnerable. He has the Word of God in his heart, the good news that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. And yet, he goes out into the world and makes himself vulnerable to misunderstanding, to criticism, and to violence, and even to death. Jesus refuses to take the path of some of his contemporaries who choose violent uprising to change their situation. And he refuses to run away and hide. Instead he focuses his own life in reaching out to those who are most vulnerable – the outcast and the sick.
The final act of courage and vulnerability is to stand before Pilate and speak the truth even though he knows it means suffering and death.
These middle days of Lent are a good time to practice courageous vulnerability. First, to be compassionately vulnerable with ourselves and our own imperfections, not running away or doing violence to ourselves. And then to be courageous enough to act on the deepest callings that we feel in our lives, despite the risk, uncertainty or how it make leave us feeling exposed and naked.
Lent, like old age, is not for sissies. May we have the courage for God’s sake and for the sake of those who are most vulnerable.
Your fellow pilgrim,
HOLY WEEK SERVICES:
Sunday, March 29
8am & 10 am
Footwashing and Holy Eucharist
April 2 - 7:00pm
Good Friday Liturgy
April 3 - 12:15pm
Stations of the Cross
for Kids and Families
April 3 - 4:30pm
Great Vigil of Easter
April 4 – 8pm
April 5 – 9am & 11am
The Fifth Annual
Choir School Concert
The Fifth Annual Choir School Concert
Let all the world in every corner sing!
This Saturday, March 7 at 4pm
Join us this Saturday, March 7 for a one-hour program of songs from around the world performed by the 26 boys and girls of the Choir School including the St. Cecilia Choir, St. Nicolas Choir, Choristers, and Teens.
Free-will donation. A festive reception follows and includes foods from around the world.
Music from eight countries will be performed, including:
Norway: Fjellheim, Eatnemen Vuelie (The original Norwegian song including the hymn Fairest Lord Jesus from which an excerpt was featured in the Disney movie Frozen at the opening and at the great thaw.)
Germany: Bach, Bist du bei mir
England: Lang, Let all the world in every corner sing
USA: Paulus, Hymn to the eternal flame; Spiritual, He’s got the whole world in his hands
Israel: Hebrew folk song, Haida; Shalom chaverim
Christian Education for Children Prek-5th Grade: Winter/Spring
When: Sundays 9-9:50am Sunday Journey, Stories of the Bible, Our Family Tree continues.
All children welcome! Join one of our age
appropriate groups as we learn what happens to Jesus after he is born.
Come hear the stories of Jesus' life and ministry. Music, games and fun with friends are guaranteed!
Questions? contact The Associate Rector for Children and Family Ministries:
The Rev. Julie Graham
Sunday 8 am
Eucharist without music
Sunday 10 am
Sunday 2 pm - Tongan Services
Tongan Prayer - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays
Anglican Eucharist - 2nd & 4th Sundays
Wednesday: 11 am
Eucharist and Healing
St Pauls Burlingame