Holy Week is upon us! For me, that means no small amount of exhaustion and frazzled nerves as I attempt to make sure that everything is put in place for the Easter Triduum (the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, joining in the community Good Friday service, and the Great Vigil of Easter on the night of Holy Saturday – not to mention the Feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday!).
But there’s a lesson of faith in all of that, isn’t there?!? If Jesus was willing to go through the agony, the torture, the abuse, the humiliation, the crucifixion, and the death he didn’t deserve so that we could have a salvation we don’t deserve, what’s wrong with us being a little fatigued by the time Easter gets here? Who said that we’re supposed to experience Easter in a well-rested, comfortable, and self-gratified state?
Our Lord did battle for us. He had to go through hell – literally – to get us to Easter Sunday. The disciples certainly didn’t show up at the empty tomb in new suits and Easter bonnets! From Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday they lived in perpetual terror.
This year, let’s give our Lord a little more than we think we should give. Let’s re-balance our sense of celebration by tilting it a little more in the direction of self-giving worship, contrition, and sacrificial love. In other words, as Jesus humbled himself to share in our human death, let’s gather to pray that we will share in his life-giving and divine nature!
I look forward to worshiping with you during the Triduum!
Father Todd Boyce, MSJ
Vicar, Saints Mary and Martha Anglican Church
Mount Sterling, Kentucky