Brent Maze: The journey to the cross continues

By BRENT MAZE,

Easter time is nearly upon us. Sunday is Palm Sunday and begins our journey through Holy Week, as Christians observe and reflect on the final week of Jesus’ life.

Prior to coming here and being a part of a church that observes the liturgical seasons of the year, not much was made of the Easter holiday or Lent. That doesn’t mean I didn’t participate in Easter egg hunts or see passion plays, but it seemed like Easter didn’t seem as big of a holiday especially as Christmas.

And at some of my other stops, I’ve participate in Lenten activities. One community had Lenten lunches on Wednesdays throughout the Easter season. (A minor highlight was the tremendous soups they provided.) They would invite guest speakers from different denominations to speak and offer devotionals.

In another community, the Episcopal church in town hosted noonday services throughout Holy Week. It was always fun to hear the variety and yet the harmony that each of the ministers from each denomination brought to the table around the Easter story.

I’ve attended numerous Easter cantatas and dramas over the years. Some were elaborate using pyrotechnics and professional lighting. Others were simple musicals that were used to celebrate the death, burial and resurrection.

I think in some ways, the journey to Easter should be unique to each year. There should always be something different. Whether it’s what you give up for Lent, visiting different churches for unique activities such as passion plays, Lenten lunches or Holy Week events or just simply watching your kids enjoy Easter egg hunts, something about the Easter journey needs to be unique to each year.

So as we are coming down to the wire, if you haven’t taken the time to do something unique for this spring to reflect on Easter, look around and see what’s out there. There’s still time to make this a special time of year.

Brent can be reached at bmaze@newtoncountyappeal.­com.