I realized I had not forgiven my father when I read John 11 and heard Jesus thundering, “Unbind him and let him go!” My resentments had bound me to my father, even in his death.
Lent | Fifth Sunday in Lent (Year A)
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45
In Aristotelian terms, the gospel is neither comedy nor tragedy. Disaster is not avoided—yet the story doesn't end in suffering.
Langston Hughes challenged our consciousness by asking, “What happens to a dream deferred?” What results when hope, aspirations, callings, and promises are delayed, put off, postponed, or thwarted? Were they flawed expectations? Do such deferred dreams become burdensome desires that fade and never manifest, forever haunting us? Six months after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri—where I serve as a pastor—there are families still wrestling with the question, “What would have happened if...?”