By Katy Monwai, parishioner at St. Bartholomew’s, Dallas, TX
This Lent, we at St. Bartholomew’s mourn the loss of our dear friend Nelson Koscheski. He was a retired priest who lived a crazy and full life, and my husband, Brian, and I had the privilege of knowing him and his patient wife, Judy, during the past five years in pastorate. He had uncommon depth. We knew him as a contemplative intellectual who spent his time painting icons, writing poetry and regaling us with stories of his life and of God’s unending faithfulness.
I did not grow up in a church that observed Lent, but I have grown to long for this season that is set apart to be a reminder of our human limitedness and our need for Christ’s offering of Himself.
This Lent, I have been particularly burdened by that frequent theme of the Psalms: the apparent success of the wicked. Nelson was no stranger to that theme as a priest who dared to stand up for the truth in a church that was slowly abandoning orthodoxy. As I understand it, he paid dearly for his commitment to truth.
In his poem and meditation on Psalm 2, The Lordly Ones (hear it from Liturgical Folk), Nelson contrasts “the lordly ones who seem to rule” with Christ. Christ’s rule, though it began “long before creation,” is “invisible, seemingly absent, even weak / Until