Lee Hull Moses
This is Holy Week. Tomorrow we begin the three days of storytelling, remembering, and prayer that help us make our way through Jesus’s last supper, his arrest and crucifixion, and finally to the empty tomb on Easter morning.
As a church community, we worship together more this week than any other week of the year. The word “liturgy” – which means worship – can also be literally translated from Greek to mean “the work of the people.” To worship together is to work together, and it is hard work we will do together this week. It’s hard to linger in these stories of betrayal, pain, loss, and grief. We’d rather rush ahead to Easter morning and shout the good news… but we should not.
We should linger on Thursday with Jesus and his disciples. We should taste the bread and cup. We should feel the water as our feet are washed. We should hear his commandment to us that we should love another.
We should linger on Friday at the foot of the cross. We should hear his last words. We should offer up our confessions and our sins.
We should linger in the silence of Saturday.
We should walk carefully through these next days and the stories we will tell. This week reminds us of the brokenness of the world, and we ought to face that head on: Another terror attack in Europe. An election season that seems to be bringing out the worst in us. Families devastated by addiction or disease. Private loss and grief that we hold too tightly even to share with one another.
This week reminds us of the brokenness of the world, and we can’t get to the good news of the empty tomb unless we walk these days together.
We shouldn’t rush too quickly toward Easter. There is important work to do before we get there.