Assist us mercifully with your help, O God of our liberation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality, through Jesus Christ, Amen. (Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer)
This Sunday begins Holy Week, a week full of passion, excitement, action, drama, emotion, betrayal, and suffering. It is also a story of Jesus showing his love for humanity, then and now, using his body to show solidarity and his spirit to demonstrate eternal life.
Stick with the story every step of the way, which begins this Sunday with Mark 11:1-11. Stick with the journey as it unfolds throughout the events with which we are so familiar: the Last Supper, Crucifixion, and the period of waiting. These last few weeks we are hearing about widespread suffering, continuing acts of prejudice, horrific gun violence – all real. We have an acute need for the imminent Season of Resurrections. But for now, stick with the Lenten journey a little longer.
Yours in faith,
Rev. Jim Mitulski