The Church year has a sweeping rhythm to its seasons: Advent moves into Christmastide, then Lent. But in the days leading to Good Friday the rhythm slows; it’s the sound of a ticking clock in an empty room. Every tick, eternity in 60 seconds.
This week, the calendar invites followers of Jesus to trace his footsteps into Jerusalem to the tick of the clock. Each day of Holy Week brings us into this journey in the here and now. It moves us from our hazy 2,000 years’-distant vantage point into the crowd that welcomed Jesus with palm branches and cheers to the Holy City, and won’t let us leave until we track in the darkness behind the women carrying spices to prepare his body for burial the following Sunday. [Read more]