Yesterday was Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week in Church tradition. Its ironic to me that often Holy Week and Advent are the two busiest and most frantic seasons for ministry leaders. Just when our souls need space to reflect in awe at the work of God through Jesus birth, life, death, and resurrection, our church jobs layer expectations of overtime work and often overwhelming demands.
In the spirit of caring for your soul this week, we at FYI hope you reclaim time to meditate on the power of Christs passion, death, and resurrection. May the rhythms of living in season come alive for you beyond the expectations of your job.
Below is a reflection from Father Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation on the power of the Exodus for our spirituality. Given the connections between Passover and the Exodus story to this week, I wanted to share it as a start to Holy Week:
The Hebrew people entered the desert feeling themselves a united people, a strong people, and you’d think that perhaps they would have experienced greater strength as they walked through. But no! They experienced fragmentation and weariness; they experienced divisions among their people. They were not the people they thought they were. The Jewish exodus is a rather perfect metaphor for spirituality.
When all of our idols are taken away, all our securities and defense mechanisms, we find out who we really are. We’re so little, so poor, so emptyand a shock to ourselves. But God takes away our shame, and we are eventually able to present ourselves to God poor and humble. Then we find out who we are and who God is for us. ((Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations by Richard Rohr, p. 130, day 140.))
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