A Glorious Dark by A. J. Swoboda
There is no shame in having a Messiah whom some people might think of as a Fallen hero because He laid in a dark grave. There are also answers in our most silent periods. Those lonely times can lead us into our community. The strength of the book A Glorious Dark by A.J. Swoboda is that the author is able to take the full Holy period, with its dark days, and make those days sing with personal commitment and hope. A. J. Swoboda does bridge the wide gap of darkness and light. This is the time of seed growth, light after darkness.
A. J. Swoboda's thoughts about Communion gave me pause. Yes, Communion is a way for a community to enter into relationship with God during, after and before Holy Week. Communion is indeed a celebration of Divine love. The broken are accepted. Those living in a perplexed dark are accepted. Nonetheless, my mind pondered this question. Who should or should not take part in such a Holy ceremony? Are there boundaries to be observed within the community? If we choose, all of us are able to receive the gift of a risen Savior on the third day, Easter. Perhaps, therein lies the answers to the ritual of Communion.