Hands clasped together

And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God.”

After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

~Luke 22:15-20

The image associated with today’s passage on the Lenten Cross is that of two hands clasped together. Continuing on from yesterday’s reflection on Volf’s theology of embrace, it feels like we’ve moved from God outstretching an arm to us, to us now grabbing and clasping it. To compare it to the four elements of an embrace shared yesterday, we’ve seen God open God’s arms, God wait for us, and now the arms are closing, we are being wrapped in an embrace. What a thought, that not only does God create space within Godself for us but God then wraps us in a hug…


A reflection based on the Lenten Cross Reading for the 9th day of Lent.




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