I never tire of watching the faces of parishioners who participate in Holy Week. Two images were striking this go around. One was the tearful experience that so many of my folks had while venerating the cross on Good Friday. I saw in their expressions so much gratitude and thanksgiving–a rare attitude in our day.
The second image was the little girls (two of which were mine) in the back of the church dancing and ringing their bells while we were singing the recessional hymn (Alleluia, Sing to Jesus!).
I sometimes make Holy Week out to be a test of my piety and endurance, as if my holiness is contingent on my ability to ‘bring it’ to all the services.
But isn’t Holy Week about those two basic things: gratitude and Joy!? Our ability to be pious can never come close to Christ’s power over sin and death.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!