Date: April 1, 2021
This is our second Holy Week in pandemic conditions. The context both makes Holy Week intelligible (as we walk this journey through suffering and death) and makes Holy Week difficult to observe (as we cannot participate in the traditional rituals of Holy Week). Yet the truth of Holy Week still speaks. We learn of a God who knows, participates, and has entered into the suffering of humanity – we need to hear this truth.
The next time the Commentary is written will be Tuesday of Easter week. The Easter season is upon us. We celebrate life and hope. The truth of Easter will be the focus: we will learn of a God that will not let us be hopeless and despairing. We will hear of the triumph of love over the forces of evil.
This pandemic we need to hear the truth of both Holy Week and Easter. Both speak to the condition we are facing. Let us live through the pain of Good Friday; and let us always trust that Easter is on the horizon.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President