Some of us love them, some people hate them – but whatever your personal taste, todays Holy week thoughts from Plot107 are focussed on Hot Cross buns!
In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. They are believed by some to pre-date Christianity, although the first recorded use of the term “hot cross bun” was not until 1733.
Sharing a hot cross bun with another person is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, particularly if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time.
And so our Holy Week journey takes us to “The Upper Room” and Jesus sharing the bread with his friends: In Marks Gospel we read (14.22-28) “While they were eating, Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it. He broke off some pieces, gave them to his followers and said, “Take and eat this bread. It is my body.”
Then he took a cup of wine, thanked God for it, and gave it to them. They all drank from the cup. Then he said, “This wine is my blood, which will be poured out for many to begin the new agreement from God to his people…..”
Jesus lived with a passion for what he calls “the Kingdom of God” – a kingdom of justice, peace, and love – a kingdom where we as humans can become at one with God. Easter for us as Christians is the place where God offers us the chance of that atonement (or At – One – ment) the chance to draw close to God in a way that we could not have imagined before Jesus – this is the “new agreement” that Jesus talks about here.