Dear Friends in Christ,
Peace to you this Thursday afternoon. Take a deep breath - we've almost made it through the season of Lent, the second one in the shadow of the global pandemic. I pray you are experiencing God's sufficient grace and daily bread whatever you're facing today.
A seminary professor once said she views Holy Week as a refuge of sorts. When she used to be the pastor of a church, they cancelled every meeting and set aside church business during Holy Week, so they could find time to be together and concentrate on one story.
Because, during Holy Week, the church is telling its central story. And the best, most moving, stories are those we tell again and again, those that form the core of our identity as children of God. On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, as we pull up a cautious chair to the Last Supper and take turns reading the Passion narrative dramatically, it becomes our story again. When the bread is broken and cup poured out and we hear the words, "Our Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread," suddenly we are there.
And then of course the staggeringly good news of the resurrection, where Christ comes to us incognito. Even those inclined to believe the story struggled to recognize him at first. Could it really be him? Mary Magdelene thought he was a gardener. The disciples thought he was a ghost. The disciples on the Emmaus road figured he was another weary pilgrim. Where is Christ appearing in our midst today? My conviction is that he's all over the place, but, like me, you probably struggle to see him.
Friends, join us for Holy Week this year as we walk with Jesus from the hosannas of Palm Sunday to the servant-hearted moments of Maundy Thursday, from the agony of Good Friday to the everlasting life of Easter Sunday.
Let's journey through Holy Week together, friends, and help each other see the risen Christ. You are loved and never alone!
With gratitude in Christ,