Friday, March 21, 2008

Jesus dies on the cross

The Crucifixion of Christ

A queer version of Christ’s Passion is running in daily installments this week from Palm Sunday (3/16/08) through Easter (3/23/08). Each daily post features a queer Christian painting and an excerpt from the novel Jesus in Love: At the Cross by Kittredge Cherry.

I looked at John. His sorrow affirmed his love for me. Grief caused him to tighten his gnarled fingers into fists, screw up his wrinkled face, and raise those dark, wistful eyes toward heaven. I longed to comfort him and remind him of the new relationship I foresaw between us, something like my marriage to the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t say much, so I chose simple statements.

I fixed my eyes on Mom until I was sure that she and John both saw me looking at her. Then I nodded my head a little to indicate John and called out, “Woman, here is your son.”

To John I cried, “Here is your mother.” I hoped that he would understand the nuance behind my words. I wasn’t leaving them alone. We were a new kind of family.

“Yes, we’ll take care of each other,” Mom shouted to me.

Satan’s chilling laugh cut her off. “Not likely! Not tonight!”

… The next time that I looked down from the cross to Golgotha… My divine heart bled for them and for all human souls tangled across time. The rosy light flared out from my heart, so intense that it seemed like darkness to some.

My breath was sputtering out.

“It is finished,” I sighed.

(Please come back tomorrow for the next daily installment in the Holy Week/Easter series at the Jesus in Love Blog.)

1 comment:

CAnGeLgIrL said...

Jesus loved John, yes, but in the Greek this is not the word for romantic love (eros), but God's love for mankind (agape) - a selfless, sacrificial, completely pure and godly love. Using a twisted version of Scripture to justify a sinful lifestyle is simply wishful thinking. Jesus never justified homosexuality (or any other "queer" sexuality). Rather he reaffirmed the natural and right relationship of husband and wife: "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife" (Mark 10:6-7) In no place in the Bible does it justify gay/lesbian/bi/trans/whatever - rather the Bible condemns it. Read the Bible for yourself, objectively. Read the books by John. Search for truth, not a way to justify a lifestyle by taking passages out of context. Realize that Jesus reaffirms EVERYTHING God said before Jesus came to earth.