God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensées of a Catholic priest

Easter Triduum

We are reaching the end of lent and the beginning of the Easter Triduum – starting this evening with Holy Thursday and the last supper, before we commemorate tomorrow the crucification of Jesus, followed by the resurrection.

Those are all events long gone – and it would not be sufficient to only think in past tense; the stories of the bible are telling the stories of people with God; they are telling the experience of people long gone with the divine. And it is our task not only to think of the past, but to realize where we are touching the mysteries of the three days in our days.

Last supper – farewell – the mystery of letting go, of showing love, of betrayal and a sleepless night.

Good Friday – the senseless killing and war crimes in Ukraine are a modern Good Friday, the never ending wars and killings in so many parts of the world create a Good Friday for so many, creates the last cry before dying, the breaking eyes again and again. It seems human mankind can’t do without it.

Resurrection – where trauma turns into joy, where captivation turns into liberty, where blindness turns into the ability of an eagle’s eye and suddenly the sky is the limit. Where experience drives hope…

A blessed Easter to all of you!

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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