Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tomorrow the Seminary will close and it will not reopen until Tuesday. We are, of course, entering some of the holiest days of the Christian calendar. As we journey through Lent, we know that this journey will end at Jerusalem. And with Jerusalem, we know that the cross looms for our Lord. There is an inevitability about the end.

There is a deep puzzle at this moment. How did divine providence intersect with human agency? How is it possible that the God in control brings about the redemption of the world through the ruthless exercise of the power of the Empire? Yet this is the Christian conviction; the purposes of God are worked out in this paradoxical way. Tomorrow, on Good Friday, we will weep. Of course, the Seminary must be closed.

But on Sunday, we celebrate. The Christian conviction is that death has been overcome. There is resurrection hope. Possibilities have opened up with Easter. On Tuesday, we return to the campus aware that the world has changed. And God has done the changing. A happy and blessed Easter to everyone.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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