Look at Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

Br. Luke Ditewig

Isaiah 52:13-53:12
John 18:1-19:37

“Look on the one whom they have pierced.” Look long. Look well. Look at Love. “Wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.”

It is hard to look. We would rather turn away, turn away from suffering and death, prejudice and inequality, poverty and violence, each swirling round our world, close to home, and in ourselves. Life can be so frightening, confusing, and revolting. We would rather turn away.God does not turn away. God comes and lives among us fully, saving from the inside out. Jesus comes as a poor, minority, refugee baby and is executed by an empire.God comes and saves through the cross, not logically but mystically.

“Look on the one whom they have pierced.”Look at Jesus whom John shows to be sovereign, in control. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, freely chooses to die. “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.”[i]

Jesus speaks with authority to political power. “My kingdom is not from this world. … For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Jesus carries his own cross, hanging from it cares for his mother and beloved disciple, and announces, “It is finished.” Buried with a ton of spices befitting a king, a king killed on a cross, a shepherd slaughtered for the sheep by choice for us. Look at sovereign, unswerving love.

Why would you rather turn away? We each have our reasons. God knows and God cares and God invites. Admit your fear or grief or confusion, your guilt and shame. The cross bears us and the weight of the world. Nothing is too much. Here is our hope: everything is held and healed on this broken body which the Good Shepherd chose to lay down for us.

“Look on the one whom they have pierced.”

Look long. Look well. Look at Love.


[i] John 10:18


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  1. Verlinda on April 14, 2017 at 15:05

    A wonderful message for this Good Friday. Blessings to your community and all who read these words.

  2. anders on April 14, 2017 at 12:55

    Thank you. “Look long. Look well. Look at Love.” This Easter I find myself feeling churchless and fraying towards cynicism. The church that had served me became a kid-free zone, and the new congregation I found for my sons is most generous with
    comfort and empty platitudes. I’m hungry for a place to challenge me to look and serve without rocking the boat and splashing unwelcome water on the tranquility. Despite the dessert, I am feeling held and healed in my own broken body, and it is good. Happy Easter.

  3. Brianne on April 14, 2017 at 09:09

    Thank you for a revealing, lovely message.

  4. Jean de Jong on April 14, 2017 at 08:52

    Perfect words to read this Good Friday morning ,Thank you !

  5. Harriet on April 14, 2017 at 05:23

    A beautiful Good Friday message. Thank you.

  6. Lynda on April 13, 2017 at 19:51

    Thank you for this wonderful message. I too will take this message with me through this Good Friday and Holy Week. As you have blessed may you be blessed. Easter blessings Br Luke and your order.

  7. Sandra Ahn on March 27, 2016 at 01:57

    Thank you Br. Luke. A beautiful message and one that will remain in my heart and echo in my thoughts. Peace to you and all the Brothers at SSJE. Sandra of Oakland

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