It is a holy week because of the sacredness in which we hold these last moments - what Jesus said as his final words, commands, thoughts, and actions. How he responded to accusations when he was innocent in the trial, how he endured hostility and abuse from soldiers, how he managed betrayal of friends, how he offered forgiveness in moments of deepest pain. It is a holy week as it reminds us of the grace in which Jesus endured suffering.
Suffering exists in our holy week 2016. The attacks in Brussels are a reminder of the pain of death and the enduring hostility of hatred. We weep with lives that were crucified innocently, and grieve the abuse and betrayal of Isis upon humanity. We mourn in the shadow of the cross. And the only comfort that can be found in these moments is that God has been there too, thousands of years ago.
In the first holy week and in the holy week of 2016, God is with us in suffering, betrayal, hostility and pain. God walks through it, enduring every bit of the fullness of humanity. God through Jesus is feeling and experiencing all of the wounded-ness, betrayal, grief and fear. God understands, relates, and endures with all who are suffering. God journeys through the darkest of days in this holy week, until the break of a new dawn.
May we have the courage to expect God in the cross this week, and the faith to wait until the last day, where an empty tomb awaits.