Holy Week is here; the culmination of Lent, the climax and concentration of the entire Christian story. All the highs and lows of human experience are dramatically presented to us in the liturgies of Holy Week, from the glory, laud and honor of Palm Sunday, to the absolute dejection, isolation, and suffering of Christ hanging on the cross.
Let us as faithfully as we can walk with Jesus on this final journey. Our attitude is not one of grudging obligation, but one of true awe. Nothing can hold a candle to the mysteries that we are invited to explore this week. Our attitude is not one of shame, for as St. Augustine wrote in the 4th century, “The death of the Lord our God should not be a cause of shame for us; rather, it should be our greatest hope, our greatest glory. In taking upon himself the death that he found in us, he has most faithfully promised to give us life in him, such as we cannot have of ourselves.” Augustine alludes to words of St. Paul in Scripture, words that are beautifully etched into our pulpit at Holy Apostles: “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Come and experience glory this week at the foot of the cross. Come and receive grace that is only available because of Jesus. Come and cast all your cares upon the One who cares for us more than we can fathom.