Exploring Faith and Community • Macalester Plymouth United Church
April 9, 2020
by Rev. Adam Blons
I woke up today and wasn’t sure what day of the week it was. Without my normal routines and rhythms one day seems just like the next.Wasn’t I just sitting here in my home office, looking at this screen and typing yesterday? And the day before? I am clinging to any structure in my days right now–a daily reading, a morning walk, a family meal, working our way through Star Trek as a family–to bring about some predictability in this otherwise endless uncertainty. That is why I am also grateful for the arrival of Holy Week.
Holy Week invites us to walk intentionally through this ancient rhythm of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. Each day is another step with Jesus taking us on a timeless journey that always feels relevant.
Maundy means mandate and this day reminds us that Jesus commanded all to love one another. Good Friday is the day when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus, when it seemed death had won, and we acknowledge God’s presence amidst the great suffering in our world. Holy Saturday is not a day that our church officially observes, but many Christians gather on this day in quiet expectation. Easter, of course, is resurrection day when we know that death does not have the last word and love lives again.
Some have tried to place our current world situation in this rhythm. We are certain that the world is going through a Good Friday moment and death is real. Some have wondered if this is a Holy Saturday moment asking how can there be Easter joy when everything is still entombed by this virus? All I know is that every year Holy Week takes me on its journey and every year I am renewed in unexpected ways by the discovery of the empty tomb.We are not just Good Friday people. We are also Easter people. This week invites us to reorient ourselves, to follow the rhythms of love, embrace the realities of suffering and death and wake up again to God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world. I have no doubt that Easter this year won’t just feel like another day.