A Holy Place for Holy Week
- The Rev. Bob Dannals
- Mar 30, 2017
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Holy Week is fast upon us, with Palm Sunday little more than a week away. In drama, in liturgy and in the Sacraments we will journey through the most important week of the year.
The world has managed to distort Christmas into sentimentality and indulgence. But Good Friday and Easter have been more difficult for Madison Avenue. How do you cash in on the severe mercy of Calvary and on the victory and mystery of the empty tomb? Bunnies, candy, eggs and spring pastels seem to be as far as they can go.
But those of us in the church have a narrative drama that stirs the heart and transforms the spirit. On the day the incarnate God was killed we call "Good." The week the whole enterprise fell apart we call "Holy." We in the church have the advantage of viewing these events from the other side and from the experience of faith.
So, we set aside a week to remember the Passion and the Resurrection. We extend our gratitude to the myriad of people preparing our space to be "holy" -- those looking after liturgies, flowers, altars, readings, music, bulletins, newsletters, offering, and serving in worship services. As we do the interior devotion, I encourage us also to remember those who are poor and in need during this season -- to consider poverty in our world, the emptiness and hunger around the globe and how a central aspect of Christ's redeeming grace is for each of us to see ourselves as a vessel of new life, extending resources to proven outlets of ministry.
The Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals