The Passing Parson

A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition.  Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office.  In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.

The Great Mystery

Posted by Rev. Koch on Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 12:51 PM

Unlike Christmas time, you will not hear holiday music or great appeals for you to buy or give this Eastertime. While Christmas has been effectively hijacked by commercial interests, Holy Week has remained relatively unscathed except for the deluge of Easter candy and flowers. Why? 

"Behold, I shew you a mystery" (1 Cor 15:51)

Mysteries, by their very definition, defy our normal powers of logic. There is nothing mysterious about the baby being born in the stable except for the location, and nothing about the birth was exceptional except for the role of the angels telling of the good news and the star guiding the wise men. And although the Christmas story has the ability to change people's hearts, it does not affect their lives like Holy Week does.

"Behold, I tell you a mystery," Paul says. Nowhere does Paul talk with glowing words about Jesus' birth and childhood as part of that mystery. Rather, he says, "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The Power of God comes through the  Cross, not by anything which we can do but rather by what Jesus has already done for us. The Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the giving of the spirit are all part of the mystery that occurs in Jesus who shows us how to live, paradoxically by dying on the cross.

Holy Week begins on April 8th with Palm Sunday at 9:30AM, Maundy Thursday at Noon and 7PM, Good Friday at 7PM, Easter Saturday (Vigil) at 8PM and Easter Day at 8:30 and 11AM. Please join in the miracle of Holy Week!

 

Blessings,

 

George       

 

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