Dear St. Luke’s Community,

This coming Sunday we will gather and celebrate the Liturgy of the Palms. We will recite the Hosannas to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem proclaiming his greatness and then by week’s end we will join in the chorus of ‘Crucify Him’ with an angry crowd bent on avoiding conflict with the ruling Roman Governor and the Emperor he represents.

The wildly shifting of emotions of Holy Week can be dizzying. That’s a good thing. Coming to grips with the fullness of our participation in the life of God means that we will be from time to time faithful vessels of God’s blessing to the world and then confound ourselves by the ways in which we can work against the coming of the Kingdom. The fact of the matter is that it is part of coming to grips with our fallen nature in relationship to God. Just because we might expect to foul up doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive for the greater gifts. By the same token, we cannot be too hard on ourselves. Remember the Rock upon which the Church has been built (St. Peter) got it wrong profoundly alongside getting it right in divinely inspired ways.

I hope that we all will be convicted during the journey with Jesus to the cross and through to the resurrection. I pray our convictions will be across the continuum of faith. God permit us to be convicted in both our faithfulness and our faithlessness. Understanding where we stand is the requisite first step in plotting a course to being transformed and becoming agents of God’s transforming love in Jesus.

We may be a mixed blessing when it comes to our faithfulness to the Mission of Jesus in the Church but remember that we are a blessing nonetheless.

Blessed Holy Week!

Peace and Good,

The Rev. Warren Earl Hicks, Rector
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
921 Pleasant St.
Worcester, MA 01602
508-756-1990 (Office)
508-756-8277 (Fax)

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