This week is a part of Holy Week in many religious circles. Yesterday was Palm Sunday. For those who aren’t familiar with Holy Week, Wikipedia describes it as follows. “Palm Sunday is a moveable Christian feast that falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. Palm Sunday marks the first day of Holy Week.” For many Christians, it is a time to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for all on earth. I have very mixed feelings about this week. Intellectually I understand the gift that he made for his children on earth. Still, emotionally, it’s difficult for me to fully comprehend the horrific acts this man sacrificed for those left behind.
In our modern world, we don’t experience the same issues that they did in Biblical times. Sure, we have the same types of scenarios like the abuse of alcohol, affairs of relationships, stealing, murder, etc., but our living conditions are more advanced. Technology has made all of our lives a little easier along the way. But as I go into this week, I can’t help but wonder how so many people heard about Jesus and his teachings so quickly. They didn’t have telephones back then. Nor did they have computers and the internet. The gossip network was alive and well during those times because that is the fastest way I can think of people hearing about what he was teaching. Some folks look at Easter as a time for the Easter Bunny and Easter goodies. That’s the fun part of Easter for many of us, and the kids love the Easter Egg Hunts and the baskets of treats. I think parents enjoy it as much as their kids do because they get to see their eyes light up with pure delight.
If you aren’t a believer, I apologize for talking about an issue you don’t like. It’s a sensitive topic for many people. Entering this week of reflection and learning about the lessons Jesus gave his disciples reminds me how much people of faith need reminding. When everything goes our way, we often forget to thank God. Many people reach out to him when we are at the end of our lives or when things go wrong. No matter what you believe, I hope you can take this week with a bit of understanding that none of us are perfect, but having faith doesn’t make us hypocrites. If anything, it gives a little ray of hope in a world that keeps getting darker with violence and corruption every day. Have a great day, everyone.