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By MARGIE ADAMS
Tomorrow we begin the holiest week of the year. We are invited into the Palms and the Passion that is ours to know. We are invited to walk the week with Jesus.
If we do not recall what Jesus and his friends went through in Jerusalem, this is an opportunity to walk alongside with them. “If we’re to have the same mind of Christ, to live together as Christians and be the Body of Christ in our communities, then we must know the great stories of the faith within our bones and being,” writes Rev. Sharron Blezard.
It’s not yet time to sing “Alleluia.”
The services and symbolism of Holy Week allow us to take the sacred journey not in just one day, but throughout the week. We can take the time to follow the way to the cross. This week we can live the story.
Some of us have heard the stories time and time again. It is the central story of our faith.
Palm Sunday begins the week — a joyous scene which marks Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the excitement of the crowds who hailed him as a king.
Can we live in the moment, having the week of the Passover revealed to us? We cannot skip over the humble, loving way Jesus taught us to wash each other’s feet. What could ever be as meaningful as to be so vulnerable and so accepting? The Last Supper has so much meaning as Jesus taught us to break bread together in remembrance of him.
Entering his Passion — we can be a witness to the betrayal, the arrest, the denial, the torture.
Then the crucifixion, his last words and the tomb. We are invited into these moments and they are ours to know.
Easter is coming, but just not yet. First, we must wait, pray, watch and then weep.
Let’s make it count.
Margie Adams is staff chaplain of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.