Greetings to all readers.
Depending on when you read this, you either stand on the brink of Holy Week, or it will have already commenced for you. My simple prayer is that it will be a time when all of us go deeper into the mystery, the profound mystery, of all that the Cross means. For us individually, for all humanity.
Holy Week brings to us, again, an opportunity to reflect upon the atonement made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus. It brings into sharp relief the life changing power of redemption. And it calls us each to repentance. A life of repentance, of turning from all that is dark and impure to the light and grace of God; to all that is good and holy and right.
I think of Jesus as he made his way to Jerusalem at the commencement of this week. Riding upon the ass, people excited, palms on the road, confusion, dust in the air, hosannas being shouted… quite the spectacle. I like how Matthew describes the scene in Chapter 21. And his little comment in the tenth verse:
‘And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?"’
Might I humbly suggest that we all, again, ask ourselves this very question. ‘Who is this?’ He was, he is, like no other.
I leave with you this week a filmed message, thanks to the creative skills of members of our Communications team here at International Headquarters. I invite you to watch it and share it with your Facebook friends.
Commissioner Silvia joins with me in praying for you a wonderful time of reflection and prayer this week, as we ask over and over, ‘Who is this?’
- General Andre Cox, The Salvation Army International