You have probably seen the signs from other communities that have endured tragedies. They appear along with memorials of flowers and candles, with temporary shelters or counseling clinics, with the distribution of sandwiches and soup and casseroles. They are starting to appear in our neighbourhood. “Lynn Valley Strong!” “North Vancouver Strong”. It’s a proclamation in the face of death and damage and fear that people can pull together and love one another through the trauma. This week our neighbourhood has witnessed two events that shatter our feeling of safety: both the stabbings of six people at the Lynn Valley library, including one death, and the intentional arson of two Masonic buildings. How can we make sense of these seemingly senseless happenings?
This week we participate as Christians in our faith reality of crucifixion and resurrection. We move from Palm Sunday through the events of Jesus’ last supper with his followers, his death on the cross, and finally on Easter to his rising from death. In this act, the love of God reaches out to us in our hurting world. Jesus pulls us together to be community- not just for ourselves but for all we encounter this week. Live Holy Week and Easter strong this year! Not with our own strength and courage- but with what God provides. Trust in the truth that love is stronger than death. We will always struggle with the “why” of bad things happening. But by faith we cling to the reality of the good thing that trumps all evil: the resurrection that gives us new life.