Holy Week 2021
It’s hard to believe we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for over a year. Holy Week 2020 was like none other I have experienced. Hoping Holy Week 2021 will be by far a better one.
Holy Week 2021
Last year around this time, Michigan went into lockdown. My local parish church was closed and Holy Week services were virtual. While the church opened back up with limited capacity in the summer, I’ve yet to attend any in-person services. Concern for the health of my loved ones has kept me at home. This week I receive my second vaccine shot. I realize I won’t be fully immunized for another two weeks, but I feel comfortable enough to venture back into church services this week, wearing a mask and social distancing, starting with Good Friday. It feels appropriate to end this year of dying with the celebration of Jesus’ last day on this earth.
Perhaps you have been attending church services in person for some time now, or perhaps you have been waiting, like me, to receive the vaccine. Regardless, it has been a season of dying. Previous Holy Weeks I have asked myself, how am I being asked to die to self this Holy Week? This year, I’m not asking that question. I’m more focused on what I have learned during this season of death and dying and what new life awaits me. I’m ready for Easter, New Life and Resurrection. Perhaps you feel the same way.
What Have We Learned?
2020 is gone, never to come again. Hopefully we’ve learned something – something about the importance of life, of gathering with family and friends, sharing meals together, worshipping together. I know I have.
I’m looking forward to this Holy Week as an end to the year of COVID that went on far too long and the beginning of another season of life. What are you looking forward to as we approach Easter? I would love to hear from you.
Are you looking for something to read and reflect on during Holy Week? My booklet, Holy Week – Season of Dying, offers daily reflections on the readings for Holy Week. Or perhaps you are ready for Easter. Season of New Life is a collection of meditations that remind us of the joys and opportunities for new life we may have overlooked or taken for granted.
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