Above All, Love

Dear Followers of Jesus,

Father Henri Nouwen found a sculpture of Jesus on a donkey in the Augustiner Museum in Frieburg. He called it one of the most moving Christ figures he knew. The fourteenth-century sculpture originally came from a small town close to Breisach on the Rhine. It was made to be pulled on a cart for the Palm Sunday procession.

Nouwen found himself drawn to this sculpture. He sent postcards of it to his friends and kept one in his prayer book. http://richardfrazer.tumblr.com/post/93083512/christus-auf-palmesel-christ-on-a-palm-donkey

Looking at the face of Jesus he reflected, "There is melancholy, but also peaceful acceptance. There is insight into the fickleness of the human heart, but also immense compassion. There is a deep awareness of the unspeakable pain to be suffered, but also a strong determination to do God’s will. Above all, there is love, an endless, deep and far-reaching love born from an unspeakable intimacy with God and reaching out to all people, wherever they are, were, or will be. There is nothing that Jesus does not fully know. There is nobody whom he does not fully love.” (taken from “Walking with Henri Nouwen: A Reflective Journey”)

See the gospel according to Saint Mark chapters 11-16 for further reflection.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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