Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We are nearing the end of the season of Lent. Lent has been a time of self-reflection and, to a point, a time of soul-searching, to see where we are in our walk with God. The season of Lent is an important time, not only in the lift of the church, but also for us as Christians. Lent gives us an opportunity to not only reflect upon who we are, but also reflect upon whose we are. It is a holy task that should never be taken lightly.

Beginning Sunday, April 14, we entered into Holy Week. This is the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth.

On April 14, we celebrated Palm Sunday as Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem for the Passover.

Thursday, April 18, Jesus and his disciples gathered in the upper room and Jesus gave the last supper.

Friday, April 19, is Good Friday and we will remember the sacrifice that Jesus made by dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

Sunday, April 21, we will celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday. There is a lot that is happening.

At the end of this season of Lent, it is my hope that we do not lose sight of the importance of self-reflection. It is my hope that we do not try to race through Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday just to get to Easter Sunday.

Everything that happens during Holy Week is important. Easter Sunday is glorious but do not forget about the sacrifice that Jesus has made for us by willingly laying down his life for us.