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Holy Week and God's Timing

But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows.” - Matthew 24:36

Timing. It is important in most everything. It may be most obvious in music or a punchline, but it has a significant effect on nearly all interactions. God’s timing often feels mysterious to us: sometimes it seems like a miraculous blessing while at other times, it is undeniably frustrating. How many generations passed while the Israelites awaited a Messiah? Yet the long years of expectation and hardship brought with them blessings. Palm Sunday and the Holy Triduum set us up to discover that what we wait and hope for is a blessing like no other. The worship of Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter all serve to remind us of God’s timing. If you attend each service, the pace may feel daunting, for it is a lot to absorb. In fact, feeling humbled or uncertain reminds us of how the disciples and others felt as these remarkable events unfolded. As such, strong emotional responses to these services are to be expected and even embraced. The church honors each sacred season to remind us of God’s presence and timing; in addition, it prompts us to contemplate our own timing. Committing ourselves to worship, to read scripture, and to be in community will align us with the timing most pleasing to God. May we each seek God’s way, trusting that the timing of the Spirit of God is best in all things.


Fr. Paul

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