Day 5: Passion

Day 5: Passion

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Our patterning of time here at the Youth Academy often means a swift movement from one part of the Christian calendar to the next.

At a Glance



Faculty Speaker:

Rev. Dr. Edgardo Colón-Emeric, Assistant Research Professor of Theology and Hispanic Studies and Director of the Hispanic Studies Program

Lectionary Texts:

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18-19

Reflections on the Lecture

Our patterning of time here at the Youth Academy often means a swift movement from one part of the Christian calendar to the next. After celebrating “Christmas in July” yesterday, we spent today learning about and reflecting on the passion of our Lord. Dr. Colón-Emeric joined us in lecture, helping to deepen our understanding of the suffering and death of Christ for our sake. Students were pressed to consider whether or not God suffers in the person of Christ, being reminded of Malachi 3:6 which tells us that the Lord does not change. We struggled through questions not only of Jesus’ suffering, but also wondered how it is that the cross heals the history of humanity, the history of Adam and Eve. Dr. Colón-Emeric concluded with the comforting affirmation and beautiful truth that it was Christ’s love for us and for the Father that kept him on the cross.


“When you get to follow Jesus really closely, you may find that it is no longer you who really lives, but Christ who lives in you.”
— Dr. Colón-Emeric during plenary

“We were looking for God and then God found us.”
— Dr. Colón-Emeric during plenary

“I had never known in my entire life that I could be so drawn to worship.”
— A student’s comment while reflecting on the most meaningful part of the first week at DYA

“This is the first time I have experienced truly being immersed in the presence of God throughout a whole day.”
— A student reflecting on her first week at DYA

Other Activities

Our afternoon was full today, with a third visit to the Arts Village and our first Prayer Practices workshops. Students explored prayer journaling, lectio and visio divina, praying the rosary, and praying the psalms. Resurrection UMC in Durham shared a delicious dinner with us, and we finished the day with a deeply moving and somber worship service that recounted the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. After sharing in the Last Supper with Jesus and his disciples, we journeyed through the stations of the cross as Jesus made his way to the death that would redeem us all. Our evening ended in silence, appropriate to the theme of the day and also the very tired students, anxiously awaiting rest for body, mind, and spirit.

Looking Ahead

Saturday and Sunday will bring a much welcomed break in the rhythm of things. Tomorrow morning we will journey to United Methodist Camp Chestnut Ridge in Efland, N.C. Saturday morning we will work in their community garden, then enjoy lots of free time Saturday evening on campus and a full day of Sabbath on Sunday.