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Beloved Siblings in Christ,
We've made it to Holy Week. Let us slow down and pay attention. Let us not be so consumed by the finish line that we forget to notice what is happening along the way.
Passion week takes us through the full gamut of emotions. You can feel it. You can see it in the church itself. We celebrate Jesus's arrival in Jerusalem with red veils, we strip the altar to nothing as he has his Last Supper with the twelve on Maundy Thursday, and we mourn his death on the cross with black veils.
Holy Week offers us the chance to walk, metaphorically, in Jesus's footsteps. It brings a depth to the beauty of the sacrifice made for us. What did Jesus think when Peter denied him, even though he knew it was coming? We can imagine how it would feel to be betrayed by a close friend. We can ponder what it must've been like for Jesus to break bread with his friends for the last time. How long must those five miles have felt to Jesus while carrying the cross he knew would be his own instrument of death? We can imagine the devastating heartbreak of a mother witnessing her son's last breath.
Sit in the weight of the passion so that when Easter morning arrives, the miracle is that much sweeter.
The staff and clergy of Trinity Episcopal Church +