We are nearing the end of our Lenten journey. It is a time we can look back at the past five weeks, consider the meaningful message of Palm Sunday, and look toward the sacred sorrow of Holy Week.
Each year, the egg hunts and baskets of chocolate bunnies arrive too soon. Easter is coming — but just not yet. We still have a lot to learn this week.
In scripture, we have been hearing the accounts of healing — hundreds, perhaps thousands. Jesus’ compassion is front and center. He heals in body, mind, and spirit. By the time he reaches the gates of the Holy City, folks know about him and have heard about the messages he brings.
Palm Sunday begins the week — a jubilant scene which marks Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the excitement of the crowds who hailed him as a king. What happens next is the central narrative of our faith.
Scripture describes the suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in what are known as “Passion” narratives. In our worship, there are special liturgies, prayers, readings, and music to guide us through the week. Each day takes on a significant and singular meaning.
We slowly enter his Passion — we become witnesses to the betrayal, the arrest, the denial, the torture.
During the days of Holy Week, we get an intimate look at Jesus’ compassion, courage, sorrow, and love. Each step he takes is intentional and reveals what truly matters.
We hear the apostle Peter say to Jesus “you will never wash my feet.” Is this what we are telling Jesus? Are we unwilling or unable to be vulnerable? We cannot make it through Holy Week without being moved by Jesus’ vulnerability.
In the days ahead, let us see just how loving we can become. Jesus taught us not to face evil with evil, hatred with hatred, fear with fear. He experienced human wickedness without absorbing it and passing it on. Perhaps we can too.
Margie Adams is staff chaplain of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.