Holy Week Is Here!
It’s easy to think about this week as just as busy week in the life of the church. But if that’s all we do, we’re missing out on such a golden opportunity… an opportunity to rediscover what God was up to by sending his son Jesus to us, an opportunity to reinvigorate what is at the core of your faith. It’s like visiting a childhood home, when we round the corner this week, we can see again the places that make us who we are.
I’d like to share with you this short piece on why you should participate in the events of Holy Week. It’s written by a very innovative Episcopalian Minister, Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber. So while we may not recite the Nicene Creed she mentions, I hope you’ll find the meaning of what she’s saying to motivate you to join us in following Jesus’ steps this week:
“Two thousand years ago in the middle-east, there had to have been crowds who shouted praise and friends who betrayed and followers who denied and women who wept and soldiers who mocked and thieves who believed. It would have happened like this even if the Jesus event were happening now instead of then. Even if we knew everything in advance – were we the ones on the street we too would shout Hosanna and a few days later shout crucify him. And that’s the good news when it comes down to it. Because these people of the Holy Week story are we people. And we people are the likes of which God came to save. God did not become human and dwell among us as Jesus to save only an improved, doesn’t make the wrong choices kind of people. There is no improved version of humanity that could have done any differently. So go ahead. Don’t wait until you think your motivations are correct. Don’t wait till you are sure you believe every single line of the Nicene creed (no one does all the time!). Don’t worry about coming to church this week for the right reasons. Just wave branches. Shout praise for the wrong reason. Eat a meal. Have your feet washed. Grab at coins. Shout Crucify him. Walk away when the cock crows. Because we, as we are and not as some improved version of ourselves…we are who God came to save. And nothing can stop what’s going to happen.”