Guest Post: It’s okay to cry. Jesus cried!
The reading is based on John 11
Our gospel begins with “a certain man who was sick”; there is a cry for help; a delay in the arrival of the necessary help; and a death followed by a lot of crying.
Jesus himself cries. He is disturbed and moved by what he sees.
As I write, we are in the middle of a global pandemic – the number of cases registered worldwide is over 600,000 – the actual number is far higher. The official death toll is almost 30,000.
Our prime minister is sick, the heir to the throne is sick, the health minister is sick.
A certain man was sick, and those who loved him cried is not just our gospel, but a story that is heard and lived in every corner of our world.
And so it’s okay if you feel disturbed and moved like Jesus by what you see. It is natural for all of us to grieve when so much is lost – and not just people.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified five phases of grief: denial, anger, negotiation, depression, and acceptance.
And during this time of the pandemic, you can be in one of these places and, depending on the time of day, maybe all of them.
It’s okay to have a scream. Jesus cried.
This is an excerpt from a sermon by Reverend Katie Thomas from St. James, Malden. Great Britain. Click the link above for more sermons.
God bless you all.
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