One week from today is Maunday Thursday—that scandalous night when Jesus orchestrated a dinner party that ended in his arrest and eventual death the next day. Of all the days of Holy Week, this one day is the most awful and most beautiful.
Here we find Jesus eager to share a meal where the food would merely transport them to a deeper meaning of his true identity and what he was about to do. He told his companions that he was eager to share the meal with them–but why eager?
There is a holy eagerness that we find ourselves drawn into as we journey towards Easter. An eagerness for the music to switch from minor keys to major melodies! In some churches, you can’t say “Hallelujah” until Easter Sunday—all through the Lenten Season—imagine no Hallelujahs. We find ourselves eager to say and to believe in the Hallelujah of Easter.
One week from today, we’ll be on the final countdown towards Lent ending and Easter’s gift to us.
Am I ready for this change?
What do I need to give attention to in this season of waiting?
One week from the world began to alter its course.
This is my Lenten Journey.
Stephen W. Smith