A Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 16
In these first days of Holy Week the Church is rather still, except for behind the scenes. Altar Guilds are caring for linens and brass, organists’ feet are flying, and preachers’ pens are scribbling. Our techie friends are setting up for remote streaming of the services when folks can’t gather. In Jerusalem last Holy Week the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (where the Tomb of Christ is enshrined) was being cleaned from crevice to corner. The steep steps up to Calvary, on which more than a million feet tread in a year, got a good slosh with soap and water. Lent is now behind us, a season that seemed extra long this year as we focused on the distress of the world. Perhaps we all have some spring cleaning of our hearts yet to do before we are ready to walk with Our Lord through his final days. Did our Lenten intentions falter long ago? Maybe we are fearful of adding sorrow upon sorrow, weight upon weight. Pray, then, in humility: “Do not be far from me, O my God; make haste to help me” (Ps. 71:12). And be encouraged: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).