Today is Day 41 in our Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living. When I first began, I thought tomorrow would be Day 41 (I miscalculated), and that the next day would be Easter. How grand! But instead, Day 41 falls on Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus’ death on a cross. And there will be one more day before we can greet the dawn of Easter morning. So with our 41 day adventure completed today, with the completion of Jesus’ earthly life, tomorrow will be just what it is and should be… a day of silence and waiting. Tomorrow, Holy Saturday, will be a day for being in prayer, keeping vigil and contemplating what it is like to live in hope of things yet unseen.
Because of Easter, we do know “the end” of the story. We do know that life is stronger than death and love is strong than hate. But because of our lives and experiences, we know that it is sometimes hard to keep the Easter promise before us in our day to day living, especially when times get tough.
Because of Easter, we know that the adventure continues with ever new characters (like us) and ever knew situations drawing our attention and needing our response. In today’s reading Epperly writes, “Psalm 118:24 proclaims, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!’ Think of that – this is the day! Salvation and wholeness are available right now. We live eternal life one moment at a time every day. Each moment is holy and provides an opportunity to be God’s partner in healing our lives and the entire universe.” (p.203)
Today is another day in the eternity of your life. Today, in that regard, is just another day. Today is also Good Friday when we remember one who was willing to give his earthly life in order to truly live abundantly in love and in tune with God’s dreams and visions. How are you being called to lay your life down for the sake of God’s dreams and visions? It may not mean crucifixion, but it may mean times of uncertainty. It may take you out of your comfort zone and ask you to risk and dare for the sake of God’s hopes and calling.
In this time when we go with Jesus to the cross, and wait in hope and wonder for signs of the resurrection, let us reflect upon our experience of this 41 Days of Audacious Living and allow God to speak to us and call us forth into a new day – a day made for joy and hope and risk-taking adventure.