Irish Blessing

 “Irish Blessing”

We are coming to the end of the Lenten season.  Next week is Passion Week when Christians celebrate with the crowds shouting “Halleluyah” as Jesus enters Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and we will cry by the end of the week after Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and the cross.  The journey of Lent started with Ash Wednesday and the confession of our mortality, we come from dust and we go to dust.  Humans are not eternal.  During Lent we have walked with Jesus from the Mt. of Transfiguration to Mt. Calvary pondering ways we have not loved God with our whole heart and have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.  Our laments as we ponder our mortality have been buffered by the journey that Jesus is making to give us immortality through him.  The first hymn is a new group I heard this week, Celtic Thunder, and the closing hymn is the traditional Aaronic blessing sung by 300 churches in Ireland.  Both are beautiful.  Blessings as you prepare for next week.

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