I was visiting with a friend who loves literature and music. He doesn’t read much history, and he shared his reasons for this. While facts are important and can be shared in interesting and captivating ways (read Doris Kearns Goodwin, for example), he is looking for something that opens a window through which he can catch a glimpse of the spiritual. There are times when I think he confuses romanticism with spirituality; but the point is well taken. And I can vouch for him, that he is on a quest of sorts, looking for and hoping that the mystical will break through and shed its light on the often tragic events of this world.
This is a challenge to all of us who tend to think of ourselves as more “spiritual” than “religious”. The author of Hebrews acknowledges that true spirituality must engage the “encumbrances of sin”, that the spiritual journey is a race that requires perseverance, and that our eyes as Christians must always be focused on Jesus who both “inspires and perfects our faith”. (Hebrews 12.)
Holy Week invites us to rise through the fog of grief and the haze of human hatreds. It asks us to forgive ourselves and others, even in the midst of the worst kinds of sins. Rise up. Never lose hope that life will come forth, even from the grave. And when you just don’t know where to turn, turn to Jesus and keep your eyes on him.
A blessed Holy Tuesday.