I’m wondering if there are any of you who—
when I was reading this text – your mind started to wander?
I don’t need a show of hands.
Just ask yourself if your concentration was on this text
the entire time it was being read.
If your answer was no, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
When the HBO series “The Sopranos” ended its run several years ago,
somebody uploaded a “7 years of Sopranos in 7 minutes”
compilation to YouTube.
They tried to cover every major plot point of the entire series
in 500 quick cut scenes—
–all in 7 minutes.
It was a don’t blink, don’t breathe or you’ll miss it kind of experience.
It has felt this way through much of Lent,
with the passages of John we’ve looked at,
and so with this reading today:
There is A LOT in this text, this story of Jesus’ passion;
Its packed like that YouTube video,
and I only read an excerpt this morning.
But…I don’t think that’s why we might have wandered.
It’s hard to keep our focus when the text is the suffering of Jesus.
* * *
The great English poet John Milton once tried to write a poem
about the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
He wrote 7 or 8 stanzas, and then he quit.
He quit because he realized that when he was writing about the suffering of Jesus,
ALL he could really talk about was
how John Milton felt about the suffering of Jesus.
How melancholy he became.
How sad it was to read and hear these words.
So he gave up.[i]