The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Passionate words

In this story, even the rocks speak

Passion — the word means to suffer or endure. It also points to intense emotion and commitment. We can work, play, speak or love with passion. All these definitions apply to Jesus' passion, the story of his crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus suffers at the hands of enemies. Yet he does so not as a victim but as the result of unfailing commitment to his purpose.

In the week before Easter, the Christian church reflects on Jesus' passion. This year Matthew's account is featured (Matthew 26-28). This account, like those of the three other Gospel writers, is not a literal record. Matthew's viewpoint and the needs of his community shape how he retells the story. Here are a few themes from his account.

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