Date: April 12, 2022
One joy of Seminary is that there is a real opportunity to live into Holy Week. It is an extraordinary week. These are the days when we walk with our Lord. The growing opposition, the confusion of expectation (is Jesus a political ruler or not?), and the imaginative and profound teaching shape the Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week. By Thursday, we are in the presence of betrayal by the friend of Jesus; and by Friday, our Lord is on the cross.
It is a serious time. It is a week when we remember that suffering, pain, and torture are pervasive. Even the incarnation of God was touched by the agony of the world. This is a week when we can see in Jesus the suffering of our world.
So, I invite everyone to create space and opportunities to really walk the journey to the cross. Let us feel the identification of God with the cries of those who are hurting. And let us pray for all those who are finding life difficult this day.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President