Already, But Not Yet

rencherOn Holy Tuesday, we pray with other Episcopal Christians: O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Today, we continue our journey with Jesus–slowly making our way to the Triduum, which is the three-day combined liturgies of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and The Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night. Without a doubt, this week is hard. For me, it is hard because my sin, brokenness, and the realities of our human condition vigorously were brought to mind on Palm Sunday. I both read and heard a chanted version of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 26:14 – 27:66.

Fortunately, what will take place in the remaining worship offerings of this week, including daily offerings of the Blessed Sacrament, will bless my soul and provide both nourishment and refreshment. If you have similar feelings and needs, I invite you to engage what is to come, so that you too would be blessed, nourished, and refreshed. Even as you may be traveling or juggling a packed schedule like most people today, each of us is encouraged to make this the “holiest of weeks” and to be stretched in the name of God.

We already know the end of the story of the life, death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ and quite naturally could relax. However, we are not yet there. We have not made it to the Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day.

There is a lot between today and that day. Let us hold one another in prayer as we press on.

–The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector