Posted: 27 March 2015

BenevoLent: Hope wins

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Over Lent we’re offering weekly suggestions for prayer, action and reflection on the gospel passages. This week we’re reflecting on Mark 15.1-39, (40-47)  and the promise of new life:

"Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way [Jesus] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” 

This reflection is also available as a PDF to print and share with your congregation.

Even though Lent has nearly finished, you can still try our BenevoLent calculator to find how much going without your favourite treat has saved you. 

Reflect 

This is the moment when we are supposed to give up hope. This is the moment when Jesus hangs dead on the cross, his mission crushed by the might of imperial Rome. This is the moment when despair wins. Isn’t it? 

Contrary to expectation this verse is not about the triumph of despair in the death of Jesus, but the triumph of hope in a confession of faith. Not just any confession of faith but one by, of all people, a Roman centurion, the very symbol of worldly power. 

No matter how dark the situation, it can be redeemed by an act of faith, a proclamation of hope, expectations can be subverted. 

Hope turns out not to be fragile and vulnerable, but capable of surviving the most excruciating tests through the act of believing in the possibility of better. An act such as when a centurion declares his faith or a mother flees an abusive relationship to offer her children a better future. Hope wins.  

Pray 

Faithful God, we come before you in weakness, with our doubts and failures. Give us the courage to believe and to speak of you, so that the small spark of faith in our hearts can fan into a burning fire bringing hope to a cold and dark world. As we enter into the mysteries of Holy Week, help us to know that nothing can separate us from your love, not even death. 

Act 

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