A week ago yesterday,
along with 150 other people from various faith
I participated in an interfaith Seder
in preparation for this
year's Passover celebration.
Rabbi Samuel Weinstein presided at the
at Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania.
We prayed together,
to a historical and theological explanation
of the ritual and the symbolic
sampled the bitter herbs-- maror--
and the boiled egg, haroset,
and drank four glasses of wine.
We made new friends and
shared our stories.
It was the meal that Jesus shared with his
the night before he
Four days later, on the night
a neo-Nazi charged into a Jewish facility
a JCC and temple just like the one we had gathered in.
vicious anti-Semitism took three
Tonight we Christians
our annual celebration of the paschal mystery.
It's not easy to pull our
focus away from this violence.
Yet the Passover continues for our Jewish
brothers and sisters,
in spite of the hatred aimed at them.
begins for the grieving families
of the Methodist grandfather and
and the Catholic mother killed in Overland Park,
in spite of the
tragedy visited on them.
With them, we assert once again
our faith that
God acts in history
and that God's action is good, not
We Christians see the paschal
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again--
As Fr. Richard Rohr puts it,
"Life will be death,
failure, and absurdity,
which can lead to renewal, joy, and beauty.
pattern is inevitable, universal, and transformative."
Jesus reveals and
lives this pattern
and tells us that we can trust it.
The pattern is
and Jesus is our model and our guide.
Each of us experiences
the same pattern in our own lives.
We are born. We live. We die.
are reborn to live again.
Each of us has lived and re-lived that pattern many
We have started something--schooling, marriage, job,
and given it our best.
And along the way we've failed, fallen
short of the mark,
then picked up the pieces and tried again.
Our hope, as
it's said, springs eternal.
We keep on keeping on.
We get up and go
At that interfaith Seder the
pattern of our history,
of our human lives and deaths,
and of Jesus' life,
death, and resurrection,
merged for me.
I knew the presence of my
ancestors in faith.
I enjoyed the presence of new friends.
I felt the
presence at the table
of Jesus the Jew
and the risen Christ.
same paschal mystery we celebrate in our three-day ritual,
It's all one event, a remembering of life and death and
it's all one with our own lives and Jesus'
Over the next three days,
and I will give witness to Jesus' commitment
to live in love and truth,
faithful to God's will,
even at the cost of his life.
as it transforms us
when we ground ourselves
and Jesus's prophetic example.
Tonight we remember and
celebrate in our table fellowship
the call to serve one another--
one another's feet.
No matter the
with God's love we rise again,
Spirit Catholic Community
Mass at 2086 Brookdale (Interfaith
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
Sundays at 9 a.m.
Mass at 3535
Executive Parkway (Unity of Toledo)
Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
Bev Bingle, Pastor