Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
Blog Number 12
April 22, 2019
Holy Week Holy Work
Holy Week has now ended. Every pastor is tired at the end of this week. It is a time of extra hours, extra visits, and extra worship services. No, I’m not complaining. As a child in church I realized how much time we spent in church during Holy Week. I knew what ministerial requirements were during this season before I was ever ordained. I’m simply pointing out the work that every minister experiences during this time.
Each of these activities greatly moves me. It is a deeply spiritual week for me, perhaps my favorite of the year. Yet, this year was a little different. Some of us participated in Holy Week Work that I found very rewarding. It involved a weekly ministry that our church regularly engages help for the day laborers in town. We make weekly lunches and distribute them to the corners of town where the laborers gather, hoping for work. Our Spanish language skills are not sufficient to engage these workers in counseling or prayer, but the lunches are a start.
This Holy Week, we were able to distribute more than just lunches. We had palm crosses that were surplus from our Palm Sunday services. These we distributed along with the lunches. We said blessings on them as we passed them out. Many workers crossed themselves in blessing as they accepted these crosses. We had done more than passed out lunches, we gave them tangible reminders of the love of Christ. This was our good Holy Work of Holy Week; bringing Christ to the humble workers who are so often overlooked by the larger society.
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