Here, in the midst of Holy Week, God seeks to reorient our perspectives. In the midst of our anxieties, disagreements, and struggles, in the midst of our joys, celebrations, and successes, we find Jesus.
Wherever we are as Christians - conservative or liberal, pacifist or just war theorist, organs and choirs or bands and choruses - it is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus that restores meaning in our lives. Tonight, Jesus washed his disciples' feet and shared a last meal with them, then walked toward condemnation at the hands of a friend.
Jesus did this even when we all were His enemies. Alone, he took on a death meant for us, and gave us a life born in Him.
So, next time you find someone you disagree with - whether they're too conservative or too idealistic or too stodgy or too insert anything that's not like you - remember that they're dignity is tied up with yours, in Jesus.
This week is holy because Christ chose us, all of us, rather than Himself. When we were still yet enemies, Christ died for us. Let's try to look at one another through that lens of compassion.
Simultaneously a sinner and a saint.