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Why Do We Call This Week a Holy One?

April 17, 2019

“Last time I checked, we’re all on the same team.”

You might have heard me say that about us and people of other churches.

John Wesley is a major source from whom I learned to appreciate our various Christian traditions and their teachings. Coupled with St. Paul’s brilliant image of us, Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it, (1st Corinthians 12:27), it covers a lot of territory.

All of us have much to learn from those who have walked this path before us.

For example, here’s a partial answer to “Why is this called Holy Week?” It’s from our sisters and brothers in Christ who are The Roman Catholic Church (Source: https://www.catholic.org/lent/story.php?id=35973)   —

First, the story of this week is the story of an all Holy God who showed the depth of His love through the complete emptying of Himself, in and through the Passion of His Son.

Second, it is holy because we are invited into that life and way of holiness that Jesus demonstrated during all of the events that we will soon commemorate.

“In the Old Testament the word often translated as ‘holy’ literally meant to be set aside, consecrated, for God. In Jesus Christ it now means even more. We who are baptized into Him are invited to live our lives now, in Him. To love as He loves; to pray as He prays, to walk as He walks, to suffer as He suffers; to confront evil the way He does.

“All of us inevitably experience ‘Gethsemanes’ in our own lives, times of difficulty, deep sorrow, loss, distress, fear and anguish. Friends may have betrayed us, or those whom we love may have rejected us.

“Maybe things about our lives are being exposed, brought into the light, and it is ‘uncomfortable’. It is often those times and circumstances that become the very path to holiness if we learn to love as He loves.

Our Christian vocation is to live as He lives, to love as He loves and to thereby become ‘holy’ as He is holy.

— As Tony Campolo quotes his pastor as saying on Good Friday, “It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.”

Easter’s coming, but we’re not there yet.

As the young Alice Cooper sang on an early album, “We’ve still got a long way to go.”

It’s only Wednesday. We’re only in the middle of Holy Week.

Still ahead are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

We’re only in the middle of Holy Week.

I still have a lot to learn and even more to understand. How about you?

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