Over the past few days there has been much comment about a photo of an Asian woman wearing a headscarf standing as part of a small group of people around one of the innocent victims on Westminster bridge (someone else is administering first aid). Her face is clearly distressed, and you can feel her sense of helplessness. Others among the large numbers of people responding, when a single evil person created chaos, were obviously more skilled to assist, so she is stood by shocked and confused.
The photo reminds me of another Asian woman wearing a headscarf in severe distress: Mary at the foot of the cross. For Mary there are no better abled people to help her son. This time many evil people are responsible, not just one, and they prevent help and comfort being given. It seems that on this occasion there are more baddies than goodies. This time evil won. However three days later when Mary and her friends went to the tomb to embalm Jesus’ body, the tomb was empty, and later he appeared to his disciples, and many more people.
The power of death was in retreat.
We now live in the time of struggle, between Jesus’ conquering of all that is evil, and the final conclusion of the coming of the Kingdom of God. Our annual celebration of the passion and resurrection remind us that in the words of the only song I am aware Desmond Tutu has written:
Goodness is stronger than evil,
Love is stronger than hate,
Light is stronger than darkness,
Life is stronger than death.
Victory is ours, Victory is ours,
Through him who loved us.