“It’s funny when you’re dead how people start listenin'”
That is how the song “If I die young” by The Band Perry ended.
Have you ever realize that certain incidents and problems in your life keeps repeating until you have addressed them head on?
Once addressed, we found that these issues are opportunities for us to learn something new. We become stronger and have new abilities to move forward to solve problems of greater difficulties.
Like a computer subroutine used to repeat processes, we insert break points for any anomalies that may arise between and during its execution.
The word “disruption” seemed to be the latest buzz word. I guess disruption can be defined as how a significant event is able to change the course and direction of our lives.
It’s another year and another Palm Sunday. And again, we have the story of the Passion of Christ reiterated. And as we enter holy week, the gruesome, violent, and gorish journey of Jesus heading towards His crucifixion will be on repeat until its finale on Friday.
In the long reading today, the congregation is required to participate and take the role of the manipulated public in Jesus’ time. “Crucify Him” was one of the statements we were required to recite.
I for some reason did not participate in the recital because I live in 2018 and refuse to be part of the mob that killed Jesus.
With the benefit of hindsight, instead of “crucify him”, I want to shout out so badly – “Release Him!” , “Leave Him Alone!”, and probably a little of “Go F*** Yourself!”.
Histories are meant for us to learn from and we are stuck where we are because we have not learned and unable to move forward.
History is what happened today, remembered tomorrow. In other words, today is tomorrow’s history.
There is no story that is a disruption in world history greater than the crucifixion of Christ.
How often do we hear people say “we will make history today”?
If we have made so much histories that mattered through time, we could have written so many modern day bibles. There will probably be a chapter for Steve Jobs, Muhammad Ali, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela, Neil Armstrong, and the list goes on.
But there isn’t a modern day Bible.
We have not learned from this great history with Jesus at the center of its story. We have not learned that we will never ever be able to reproduce the divine however we try to be God.
Today we are still required to recite “crucify Him”.
Not unless we have learned the lesson of extreme and divine altruism of Jesus sacrificing His life for humanity, we will continue being amongst the crowd screaming “Crucify Him”.
We will only cross over to His side when we have learned and have been crucified – surrendering and dying selflessly for others.
Many have done that and most recently those brave souls that stood between the shooter and students in the Florida school shooting incident. That brought about a huge disruption in the community and paved the way for the #NeverAgain movement.
Perhaps this is why I have chosen to BELIEVE so that I can learn, be crucified, and hopefully become a disruption worthy of making history.
Until then, it remains “His story”.