This is a week absolutely fundamental to all of us who choose to follow the way of Jesus, the week that makes all other things possible, that culminates with the fulfillment of true hope.
So this week, I will be posting a series of posts – one each day from Maundy Thursday, reflecting on the events of the week and how they speak to us, what they mean for us.
But I’ll be trying to move beyond the obvious and take some quotes, perspectives and events from the story that are less reflected on and examining them.
I hope that you’ll join me on this journey, as we go through the full range of emotions and experiences, from the hopelessness and darkness of Good Friday, the void of Easter Saturday and the fulfillment of hope on Easter Sunday.
All of these will be covered in this series over the next week, as we discover again the heart of following Jesus is all about.
Holy Week is my favourite part of the liturgical calendar. I’ve posted a lot on it in the past, and you can find those posts below and also on the Liturgical page of the blog.
One of the principal reasons, outside it’s obvious importance for the way of Jesus, is that it’s less cheesy and corny than the rest of the calendar. It’s somehow more real, more authentic. It reminds us life doesn’t always end happily ever after. It encapsulates within it the journey of discipleship we’re all on.
Though of course, there is a joyful ending to this story – there is significant pain, suffering and hopelessness on the journey.
Just like the journey of our lives.
It’s where I can empathise with Jesus journey the most. I remember one time I was particularly angry with God and having a bit of a rant at Him, largely about my past and the bullying I went through.
I began to ask Him quite angrily and impulsively what He thought He knew about abandonment, humiliation, betrayal, and mental torture……
…….and as I said the words my voice began to quieten down, tail off.
My eyes welled up with tears.
Of course He knew.
Much more than I ever could.
That was one of the most intimate and powerful moments in my relationship with Jesus, in my life. I felt closer to Him in that moment than ever before or since. I am deeply moved every time I think of it.
You see, Easter encapsulates so much of the journey of faith we are all on.
I hope that you can gain a more of a glimpse of that this week.
What are you hoping to discover this Holy Week?
How can you draw nearer to Jesus this Holy Week?
In what ways do you think you can empathise somehow with Jesus journey? Or He with yours?