March 29, 2018
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Every day during this Holy Week, we have gathered at 12:15pm to walk the Stations of the Cross here at All Saints. This “way of the cross” is an ancient tradition, begun when pilgrims first made their way to Jerusalem to trace the steps of Christ’s passion and continued in representative form by those unable to make the long pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
For the first three days of the week, All Saints Episcopal Day School was in session, and the beginning of our liturgy coincided with lunch and recess, so the noise level between the church and the school was pretty high. Rather than causing a distraction, however, the noise of children and their teachers called to mind what it must have sounded like on that first Good Friday when Jesus was sentenced at Pilate’s palace and forced to carry his cross through the dusty, noisy streets to the outskirts of the city. Jerusalem was surely bustling with people busily preparing for the Passover that was to begin at sundown, and most people were unlikely to be paying any attention at all to the goings-on surrounding this itinerant preacher from Galilee.
Things are not much different today. The world bustles by as we gather each week or, in Holy Week, several times during the week. Most people pay us little mind in this age that has been called post-Christendom. Yet we continue to gather, much as Jesus’s followers and those in the early church gathered, to tell the story of his life, death, and resurrection. It is as countercultural now as it was then. I am grateful to all of you who continue to walk the way of the cross, following in Jesus’s footsteps and living as he lived, in loving service.