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Holy Week message lost if we don’t take note of our own sin

Brandon Ambrosino’s “The radical politics of Jesus” (Ideas & Opinion, April 5) was a breath of fresh air on the implications of Easter for those of us who work on the frontlines of the church during the busy week of the holiday. While I happen to agree with Ambrosino’s implications for what the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus might mean for the world we inhabit, he crucially misses one point: that the sin and darkness he speaks of in the powers and principalities of the world too often begin in our own lives.

To separate the sinfulness of structures from the brokenness of humanity is an error that fails to recognize just how radical the message of Jesus is over Holy Week. It is not just the structures and powers that cause Jesus to die, but, more important, our own rejection of the grace and mercy that he bears into our midst.

To be attentive to God’s kingdom in places of power, such as Washington, and in cases of injustice, such as Ferguson, Mo., or the Long Island Bridge crisis in Boston, we must start with the log in our own eye. The inclination in all of us to shout: “Crucify him!”

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Eric Worringer
Vicar
Saint Paul Evangelical
Lutheran Church
Arlington