|THE CAT’S MEOW
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 5 April 2020
From Fr. Randy: Divine Embodiment
The hymn that comprises the second reading for Palm Sunday (Philippians 2.5-11), records a truth that lies near the heart of Christ’s ministry to us. There it says that Christ, “bearing the human likeness, sharing the human lot, [he] humbled himself, and was obedient, even to the point of death, death on a cross!”
As we begin Holy Week, we may upon first reading zoom in on the latter part of the line; we may focus our attention on Christ’s obedience, obedience to the point of death on a cross. But his bearing of the human likeness is equally worthy of our attention. For what Christ bears—takes with him to the cross—is the human self that we, who call ourselves human, often either forget or thoughtlessly disparage. We do this in numerous ways that induce in us a kind of amnesia about our divine origin and purpose. In the context of the gospel reading today, Matthew’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion (27.11-54), we see just how deeply the amnesia has set in. For in Christ we have a mirror of our true identity; in him we see the self-giving, compassion and understanding that characterizes full human identity. In addition to that however we see, in Christ standing before Pilate and the hostile crowd, what we have made of that humanity; we see the degradation of our divine inheritance.
Humans have a thousand ways of inflicting the results of this lost inheritance on others: we use our power to degrade, humiliate, and destroy one another. But the power we use to degrade and destroy others is the same power we use against ourselves. When we ourselves inflict pain on others, or stand by while others inflict pain (often under the guise of a twisted form of justice and equality), we do violence against ourselves. We do this by undoing the inherent oneness of creation. By separating ourselves from others, by viewing others as “others” or ones apart from us, we reject our divine inheritance. In doing this we subtract from ourselves, bit by bit, the divine image that we were born to reflect. In the words of Martin Smith, “In Jesus we sense the very fulness and grandeur of the humanity we are helplessly bent on wounding and killing in ourselves.”
The fact of the matter is, that the divine image, the one that Christ bears to the cross, is our own image: the human image is the divine image. As Father and Son are one, so too are we called into this oneness. Looking at Christ in his weakened state before Pilate, we see our own humanity weakened by our own self-hatred. But if we look deeply into the scene in meditation, we see as well the possibility of our restored humanity—the gift of God’s union with us, his presence with us and all creation today and always. RM+
PORT HOPE FARE SHARE
The need continues! In this time of COVID-19, please take your food donations to:
- Davis Independent 20 Jocelyn St.
- Food Basics, 125 Hope St. South
- Giant Tiger, 145 Peter St.
- Fair Share United Church 34 South St., when open. Wednesdays only, 10-12 noon and 6-8 p.m.
Cash donations are always welcome
Because this is a Palm Sunday like none other, we can’t distribute palms in the usual way. There’s a bucket of palm fronds in front of the church. Feel free to take one to decorate your front door.
As we go through this time of uncertainty we are hopeful for the future but we are also concerned about the financial repercussions.
If you usually use your envelopes to give, please consider mailing in your donation or putting it in the mail box by the parish hall door. We are monitoring it! Or even better, tell us you want to go onto PAR.
From the Events Committee
The Loaf and Ladle Luncheon scheduled for Sunday 3 May 2020 is postponed. A fall date will be considered in its place.
Since we are all practising social distancing and staying home as much as possible, if you are busy cleaning and sorting, please remember this date: Attic Treasures and Basement Bargains Saturday 15 August 2020 (we hope!)
A Selection of Churches offering daily and weekly online Services of all kinds:
- The Anglican Diocese of Toronto’s Facebook page will livestream from St. James Cathedral each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. They are also posting videos for Holy Week and Easter:
- Palm Sunday: April 5 at 11 a.m.
- Chrism Mass: April 7 at 10:30 a.m.
- Maundy Thursday: April 9 at 7 p.m.
- Good Friday: April 10 at 12 p.m.
- Easter Sunday: April 12 at 11 a.m.
- St. John’s Anglican Church, Port Hope www.stjohnschurchph.ca
- St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto
- St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Regent Park
- St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa
- All Saints Anglican Church, Dunedin, New Zealand
Give me a vision, that I may see
Almighty God in His majesty.
Give me a faith, that I may trust
Jesus my Saviour, risen from dust.
Give me a love, that I may feel
The Holy spirit close and real.
Give me a loyalty, that I may be
Rejoicing forever in the Trinity.
Here are some more takeout and delivery suggestions:
M & M Food Market
Call in order, pre-pay, pickup. Check flyer
Local No 90
90 Mill St. N.
Menu on Facebook
Jim’s Pizza and Pasta http://jimsporthope.ca
22 Walton St
Mercury Chocolates and Gelateria http://www.mercurychocolates.com
The Cat’s Meow: For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday morning. 905-885-0787
Provided pro bono to St. Mark’s by:
Jim Corkery at Corkery + Co.