Presiding at the Eucharist for the Sisters of St. Anne in Arlington yesterday, the Gospel reading was from John 8. Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees (he did that a lot), and tells them that they are looking for an opportunity to kill him “because there is no place in you for my word” (John 8:37). It struck me that one of the key activities of the Christian life is making a place, making space, making room, for Jesus’ word in our lives and hearts.
One meaningful way to do that is to attend Holy Week services. We enter Holy Week on Palm Sunday, and hear the Passion story. Coming to church during the week does take some “making room,” but it is worth it. This year Maundy Thursday will be the “2.0” version of the intergenerational service that we tried for the first time last year: we will share a meal in the Large Hall and hear the liturgy of the Word there, with a simple homily for all ages, and footwashing for those who wish to participate.
In remembrance of the Last Supper, we will then move into the sanctuary to share Communion, followed by the stripping of the altar. On Good Friday, our youth with Jared will lead a meditation at noon, again suitable for all ages (most children are off from school that day). Our evening Good Friday service with Choir at 7:30 will follow the Book of Common Prayer, with resonant language and music that has carried the Church through the complex emotions of this day for centuries.
Come to Holy Week. Journey with Jesus and with our community through his Passion, and deepen your own Easter joy. Make a place next week for Jesus’ word in your heart.