There’s nothing like celebrating a job well done. A yard without weeds is a beautiful reward for the painstaking process of pulling them all out. The satisfaction at the end is worth the work.
It’s tempting to think of Lent and Holy Week in this way. We’ve walked the Lenten road of returning to the Lord and preparing for Holy Baptism, and now we come to the grief of Jesus’ final days. We’ll lay down our palm branches on Sunday and it will be a full seven days until Christ’s resurrection. Through it all we could “keep our eyes on the prize,” anticipating the joy of Easter morning. It would make sense to focus on the goal and prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ job well done. We could…
But what if we just took it all in? The great news is that these last days present us with a feast for the senses that draw us – mind, body and spirit, into the awesome work of God in Jesus Christ. We will hear God’s Word, voices raised in song, drums, piano, bass, organ and trumpet all proclaiming God’s love. We will taste and smell God’s work of redemption in the bread and wine of Holy Communion, and the charoset and horseradish of the Seder. We will see Seder tables set with symbols of salvation and a bare altar testifying to Christ’s willingness to give everything to reveal God’s unfailing love. And we will feel the water in the baptismal font rooting our identity in the death and resurrection of Christ.
So come. Just take it all in. And remember, with everything you are: God’s perfect love is for you.
See you Sunday…