The beginning of Holy Week has me in a very quiet mood. There will be so much to say on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and of course, Sunday. But I don’t want to rush there yet. Today is Monday.
Yesterday witnessed the crowds cheering Jesus on as he entered Jerusalem. But today, it’s quiet. Today, the darkness gathers and the plot thickens. Today, Jesus is still teaching people how to love God by loving others. Today, the time marches toward the ending and the new beginning.
Today, I am struck by silence because in my tradition, we don’t really do anything to commemorate this day. There were things Jesus taught and said and did on this day, but there are no special services, no hymns written specifically for Holy Monday. In some ways, it is business as usual. Just another day.
For me, this is the calm before the storm. The quiet before all the busy-ness that will happen from Thursday to Sunday. For me, this is the deep breath before the rush of words and emotions. Sometimes, a little quiet is a very good thing.
This is the time to be still, and know that He is God.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
Psalm 46:10 NLT