By Rev. (!!) Eliana Maxim, Associate EP
I tend to make my way from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with my head bowed down. There’s too much I would rather not see; denials I would prefer not hear and treachery I’d like to forget. It’s a well-known story with events I’d rather edit or even delete. Visiting the Old City gave me the appreciation of Holy Week’s unfolding. One location led to another, sites marking significant interaction that although painful eventually led to a place of mystery and victory. Like a tightly wrapped flower bud, each petal a marker of sacred interaction between Jesus and the world protecting the bud’s life force – the resurrection; the triumph of life over death, good over evil and love over fear.
The late Rev. Peter Gomes referred to the resurrection as “God’s way of getting our attention…of making us listen up…to look, to listen and to live.” In a world where fear, evil and death can seem to dominate the landscape and lead the evening news, Holy Week is our assurance that the story has not yet been told, and has yet more chapters to be written. But it also serves to force us to look, listen, and live. It gives us the courage to face injustice and say, “you do not have the final word.” It gives us the grace to encourage the unlovable and boldness to proclaim “Jesus is Lord!”
It wasn’t until I realized that I must suffer with Christ so that I may be glorified with him that I embraced Holy Week for the painful beautiful gift it is. Our ability to stand at the foot of the cross on Good Friday enables us to shout honestly and joyously, “He is Risen! Alleluia!” May your Holy Week be blessed - one that gives you pause to observe and hope to live fully.
As we reflect together in anticipation of the cross and resurrection, we also mark some transitions within the presbytery staff. First, we say goodbye to Joan Hill our bookkeeper of nearly three years as she has moved on to other opportunities. We pray a prosperous transition for her and thank her for her service. And last, we celebrate the transition of Rev. Eliana Maxim from her work as Director of Multicultural Ministry to her new role as as Minister of Word and Sacrament and her new position (same ministry) as an Associate Executive of Multicultural Ministry. It is a joy to see God at work among us as a staff and and as a presbytery. May you experience the fullness of Christ this Holy Week.