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Holy Week 2017

Holy Week is a poignant time in the year for Christians. We remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to shouts of support ("Hosanna!"). But then things begin unraveling. Thursday is his last meal with the disciples, the washing of their feet (John), the institution of Holy Communion (Mark, Matthew, Luke), prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, a trial where the same people who praised him before are now shouting "crucify him, crucify him", the crucifixion and burial. Jesus dies. Really dies.

But then he is resurrected, and the powers and principalities are defeated. What does this mean? Christians have been trying to interpret and figure this out ever since. Certainly Jesus needed to die in order to be resurrected. And also, his willingness to experience the depths of the human experience made him able to understand the best and worst of what people go through. 

But more than this, Jesus death is a Mirror that reflects back to me what our human brokenness looks like, and a Window that gives us a peek into the heart of God and God's love for the world, including humanity. 

I hope you get a chance to participate in Christian worship this Holy Week. Be open to God stirring your heart.