Holy Lent = Holy Easter
A few days ago one of our younger members came to me and told me that some of her friends’ churches don’t practice Lent or Holy Week and they weren’t sure what that was. “Why do we focus so much on the journey,” she asked. Why indeed?
In a world of googling, email on my smartphone, and constant instant gratification Holy Week seems counter-intuitive. Why do we have to wait for the Resurrection? We want Easter and salvation… NOW. As Episcopalians we understand that the Christian life is a journey. One in which we are constantly growing and changing. Ever striving to come closer to God. It is not a destination, a thing we achieve and stay there. Yes, there are glimpses of awareness but they urge us forward. They are not permission to stay.
There is no Easter until after Good Friday. Just as Christ journeyed to the cross; through triumph and failure, joy and frustration. We too must journey. This life we live is full of joy and triumph but those things cannot be realized until we know pain and failure. Only then are we able to sing, “alleluia.” Oh, wait am I allowed to type that???