This is Holy Week. A Holy Week during a pandemic. As I reflect upon what this week means to me, I keep thinking about how Jesus must have felt. He had been teaching about God’s Love, Mercy, and Grace, all while He knew what this week meant – betrayal, mocking, brutal beatings, and death. During one brief moment, Jesus asked His Father to “take this cup from me,” just a human would, but then responds, “Your will be done.” Christ knew what His death would mean. He willingly sacrificed Himself so we could be free from the sin of the world.
We like to think the world has changed since Biblical times, but has it really? If you think about current events, we are seeing all of the things Jesus endured on an hourly basis. People are betraying others by only thinking of their needs and wants. People are mocking others for thinking of themselves, as well as for thinking of others. People are emotionally and physically struggling as they help the sick, and put others before themselves. And then there are those who are struggling emotionally with job loss and not being able to provide for their families. Some are choosing suicide over life. So many people are dying each minute from this terrible virus. Many are asking, “Where is God?”
When we see all of the people who aren’t infected, we see God. When we see all the people who are recovering from the virus, we see God. When we see all the people who are helping those who are struggling, we see God. God is all around us, if we just take the time to look for Him. Spring is a time of rebirth for the flowers, trees, and animals. Each day we can see God in the world He created. Holy Week can be a time for us to re-examine our lives and make changes.
I can remember as a child being excited for the first blooms of my father’s gardens. One flower in particular was his Peace Rose. It would always start to bloom around Easter. On Easter Sunday, we would cut a flower from our yard for the flower cross the children would create at church that day. The cross sat in different places each year, sometimes in the narthex (entrance hall), sometimes in the sanctuary, but always in a place for everyone to see. The flowers were a representation of our renewed spirit in God. It also represented hope, love, compassion, and mercy.
Jesus did so much during Holy Week, even knowing the outcome. There is so much we can do to prepare our hearts and minds, because we know the outcome. While many are complaining about being confined to their homes, there is so much we could be doing during this time. We can use this time to connect as a family, as a couple, and most importantly as a child of God. Use this time to start reading the Bible or diving deeper into the Bible. Don’t know where to start? My recommendation is to start with the book of Luke, who wrote to the Gentiles – those who weren’t raised in the Jewish faith.
Holy Week is the perfect time to start or deepen your walk with Christ.
Don’t have a Bible? Here is a link to a website.