Holy Rhythm:

There is a hollow rhythm in our worldly calendar that frames the life of Christ. Most people will take advantage of this Easter long weekend by doing something extra, something special. Many have Good Friday off, while others take off Easter Monday and some get both. The same happens at Christmas, especially if Christmas lands near the weekend. Days off get extended into the week and holidays get extended. Inside those hollow rhythms faith communities celebrate holy days. Good Friday services are offered at 10:00 a.m. by some churches and we will be hosting a 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae Service. Roman Catholic Churches hold a service at 3:00 p.m., the hour Jesus died. Most Christian Churches hold a huge Easter Sunday celebration, being the highlight of the Christian Calendar. He Has Risen! Christmas Day is also a Holy Day celebration, commemorating the incarnation of God Himself, becoming one of us. These holy days only become holy when we open our hearts to the intentions of God and the meanings of these days. Hollow becomes holy when we open our hearts to the outpouring of God’s love. God has chosen to pour out his love into our hearts through the giving of his Holy Spirit. Unlike the sweetness of a hollow chocolate Easter, the bitter bloody crucifixion of Jesus has an ironic way of filling our beings with the fullness of God’s love. How is it possible that our sin stained lives have been washed with the blood of Jesus, like a natural bog cleansing toxic wastes from chemically stained waters. It takes minutes and hours and a couple of days and sometimes a life time to experience the forgiveness of our sins and the grace of Christ Jesus. Then comes Easter Sunday. Two days later, with trumpets blaring “Up From the Grave He Arose,” the celebration of Jesus resurrection triumphs over death and sorrow and sin, raising us into a new kingdom of faith, freedom, love, hope, and life everlasting. An Easter holiday becomes a Holy Day like no other. As you combine the waiting of Advent and the repentance and reflections of Lent, may you be filled with the fullness of God on this Easter Sunday celebration. The kingdom of God that has already come is so much closer to achieving its fulfillment and completion upon Christ’s return. Come Lord Jesus, come. Make that which is hollow, Holy.