The other day, I drove past a Protestant church whose marquee read “He is Risen!” I joked with my wife that “they’re a week early!” And yet, of course, we know that Jesus is Risen. As we proceed through this Holy Week, we reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus through the lens of the Resurrection. We don’t pretend this week that we don’t know how the story ends. Good Friday is not a wake service for Jesus. We are not re-enacting…we are entering into Jesus’ Paschal Mystery which brings suffering, death, and new life together. We are striving to conform our lives to Jesus and to unite our suffering to his so that we may also be united with him in the Resurrection.
Tonight, I’ll be taking my class to the church for the Living Stations of the Cross. We may have 15-20 minutes afterwards in the classroom, I’m not sure. If we do, I’ll use the time to go over the Passion reading from Mark’s Gospel, using the Looking for Clues activity I posted a while back.
After posting 40 Lenten ideas (activities) in 40 days, I admit to being a bit “spent!” 🙂 It was fun and I greatly appreciate all of the feedback and suggestions that y’all sent in. To give my brain a little “rest” and as a way of honoring the holiness of this week, I will not be posting the remainder of this week.
With that in mind, my wish for you and for all those you teach is for a blessed Holy Week and a jubiliant Easter!
See you back here on Easter Monday!