Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today begins the Great Triduum (trid–yoo-um) the very heart of the Christian liturgical year, the hinge on which the history swings. These three days Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday Easter Vigil are the heart of it all. The Ascension and Pentecost crown the Triduum not forty and fifty days hence.
I borrowed the following from a Lutheran pastor – he summarized my thinking precisely:
“God Himself came into our house of death and brought victory when Jesus stepped forth from the tomb and showed Himself alive to His disciples, whose witness now also brings us life.
YOU are now at the front lines of this great battle, a battle already won, even while it is still being fought. You are bringing the message of life into this world of death. You are the agents of Christ’s Kingdom, His intent to rule in the hearts and lives of people. This is the time for you to shine with His light.
What we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5-6).
So preach that Word. Plant it home. Preach it with passion. Give out the gifts of life – with joy and abandon! The results do not depend on you, but on His Spirit. You are called simply to tell the news – Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ is coming again! God does the rest.”
P.S. INVITE, INVITE, INVITE others to our meals and special services these next several days.