SENSE-ING THE CROSS – JESUS SEES!
March 11, 2018…4th Sunday in Lent
I have always considered myself to be a bit of a Trekkie – Trekkies are the nerdy fans of the original Star Trek TV series and its subsequent spin-off shows and movies. Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to speed across the universe to far-away galaxies at warp drive, boldly going where no one has gone before?!
Star Trek-The Next Generation, the version of the series that ran from 1987-1994, featured an interesting character played by the very talented LeVar Burton. He was Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge. Geordi had been blind since birth, yet he saw much more than people with normal sight.
You see, Geordi had been outfitted with something called a VISOR – which stood for Visual Instrument and Sight Organ Replacement. This device, which looked like half of an air filter out of a 1969 Pontiac GTO, enabled Geordi to detect electromagnetic radio waves emitted by all objects and life forms surrounding him. He could not only distinguish whom was in his presence, but could also sense their mood and motives. His prosthetic “eyes” gave him a depth of perception way beyond the sight of normal persons.
Over these Sundays of Lent, we are seeking to grasp a deeper, transformative understanding of what the passion of Jesus is all about – what Jesus in his humanity senses on his journey to and on the Cross – what he feels, what he smells, what he hears, what he tastes and, yes, today, what he sees.
In previous Sundays, I have shared about the unimaginable cruelty of crucifixion. Jesus hangs brutalized, naked, bleeding, humiliated and dying upon the most diabolical instrument of execution ever devised in the history of humankind.
Beneath him and beside him, Jesus beholds a panorama of pathos… religious leaders screaming spiteful epithets, soldiers passing the time of day with detached indifference, fellow thieves moaning in excruciating agony, caravans of travelers passing by on the nearby highway.
But, as he squints through bruised, swollen eyelids, Jesus also has a depth of perception that goes beyond mere human eyesight. From his vantage point on the cross, we discover that…