For millions of people around the world, the week that begins today, on Palm Sunday, is known as Holy Week.
It is the last week of the Season of Lent in the western world – the final seven days before Easter.
Beginning with today (Palm Sunday), Holy Week includes other unique days with special liturgies and observances. While Holy Week’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are not as well known as are Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, each day of the coming week, Soulistry will offer a reflection as part of the Holy Week observance. This week, for Christians who observe Holy Week, is the most difficult time in their religious observance because it was the most difficult week in Jesus’ life.
Like last year, this week has another layer of difficulty.
It’s not just Holy Week.
It’s Holy Week happening in the midst of a pandemic.
It’s been said that “where there is no vision the people perish.”
The people at the time of Jesus needed a vision – a vision of hope.
The people of today’s time need a vision too.
May this Weaving Prayer become a vision for hope for all those who are observing Holy Week
and those who are not, but who also need a vision.
Weave, O Holy One,
our differing threads of opinions
our global fear
our various political strands
our diverse liturgical expressions
our different ways of looking at the world
into a sacred tapestry
so that we will be empowered to hope and vision where Love
not fear, not ego, not pursuit of power, not idolization of money
are the centre of decisions, thoughts, actions and conversations
Great Weaver of us all
when we find ourselves regretting
… the past
when we are uncertain of
… the present
when we are fearful of
… the future
May this day and coming Holy Week be one of hope
My this day and coming Holy Week be one of gentle reflection
not listening to the fear mongers.
May this day and coming Holy Week be one of inner response
not letting statistics cloud our vision of hope.
And may this day and coming Holy Week be one of deepening of the Spirit
around the world.
May this day, Palm Sunday, O Great Weaver
encourage us to not focus on the underside of the Tapestry
where our knottedness,
and tattered threads can be seen.
Rather, may we envision the entire Tapestry of community
a tapestry of differing colours, customs, abilities, religions, languages, and ages,
as we all work together, globally, during this pandemic
towards a vision of love, peace, respect and kindness for this world.
Amen. So be it. Amen.
<The word “amen” simple means “So be it.”>
Your comments are most welcome
A Soulistry reflection on each day in Holy Week will be available in the “SoulistryChurchYear” group on Facebook and on the Soulistry blog (www.soulistry.com/blog). You are welcome to subscribe to the Soulistry reflections (www.soulistry.com) and as reflections are added, they will come into your inbox.
© June Maffin