A reporter for the NZ Herald recently wrote that Holy Week used to feel for him as if “there was grace in the air.” And I’d have to agree. There’s something about Holy Week, as we follow Christ’s journey to the Cross, His death and His Resurrection, that intensifies our faith and makes us more aware of the presence of God.
To me, Holy Week brings grief, sorrow as we are confronted with His betrayal and death. But it also brings hope and joy as we focus on what His death and resurrection bought us. Easter it seems always reignites our faith and recalibrates our soul.
But at the same I am also challenged. For if we are truely living in the light of Resurrection Sunday, it should feel as if there is grace in the air everyday. I am reminded too of the words by Martin Luther – “what will you do in the mundane days of faithfulness?” Most of our days are just that mundane, ordinary, uneventual. No special day on the Christian Calendar. It’s not exhilarating, and it can be wearying.
But each ordinary day still holds the promise of His Kingdom coming…in the world and in us. Jesus is in the midst of our ordinary, our mundane. On every day we can live with the power and revelation of Resurrection Sunday. The resurrection of Jesus gives birth to a hope even though you’re in the middle of circumstances that deny a reason to have hope. God’s resurrection power turns death into life, despair into hope, weakness into strength. And we can live well in it for grace is there to be found.
This Lenten Season it is my prayer that I would grow more aware of God’s grace and peace around me.
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” (1 Peter 2:1)