I am not ready for “Holy Week”, yet… I need it!


Devotional Thought of the day:
27  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!28  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:27-28 (TEV)

16      Meditate on this frequently: I am a Catholic, a child of Christ’s Church. He brought me to birth in a home that is his, without my doing anything to deserve it. My God, how much I owe you.

The quote is not from Holy Week, but a week after.

It seemed appropriate to me for this day, as we enter a week my heart is not yet ready for. I’ve dealt with too much grief and brokenness.  I’ve dealt with too much death, or more precisely, I’ve watched too many others deal with it.

I’ve got to get my head in the game; there are services to plan, sermons to write, people to visit and share the hope that seems distant.  It is there, faint in the background, sustaining me, yet it is nearly intangible. As waves of grief and other stresses of life flood over us.

I so understand Thomas today, so devastated that what is true is unbelievable.

I need to see His hands, His side, I need to eat with Him, to hear His voice, to know His love is not ended, nor is His mercy, nor his hand which corrects and guides.  I need to focus, and trust, and believe.

Although I would replace the capital c in Catholic, with the smaller c indicating the church is the entire church, I so am ministered to by the words of Fr. Escriva this morning.  For it is Christ that brings me into His church, even as I am battered and bleeding by sin.  The sin of a broken world, the sin of others which crushes me… and yes, most especially by my own sin.  A sin which heightens the anxiety over death, A sin which crushes with grief and shame, a sin which can bind resentment to me in ways I cannot overcome.

And the Savior, the benevolent Lord lifts us up, pours our His mercy and grace on us, and heals our souls.

Faith is nothing more, and nothing less, than depending on Him to come to us in our brokenness…. and bring us into His home, into His kingdom, into His death on the cross so that we will live eternally with Him.

This is the message of “holy week”, the week was broken are drawn to the cross in awe and wonder, and see the love and glory of God.

I may not be ready for it, but oh, do I need it.

You do as well… so let’s walk together, crying out with other pilgrims, “Lord, have Mercy!”  AMEN!

 

 

Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 294-296). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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