Saint Paul's Episcopal Church


Thomas and A Street - Altus, Oklahoma

Priest's Reflections


Dearest Friends,
By the time you receive this Epistle we will have begun the story of the last week of the life of Jesus. It is the most intense, most troubling, and Holiest time of the entire church year---thus the name Holy Week. It is intense and troubling ---and emotional---because we are confronted with images and remembrances of our best selves, as well as, our fallen nature and sinful humanness. And let's be honest, sometimes it is so emotional and uncomfortable that there is a tendency to "rush through" Holy Week to get to the other side. But we are called to walk "the way of the cross with Jesus, not walk around it.

So I challenge you to do this Holy Week differently---to walk through it with Jesus. That means one must "forget" what comes after Holy Week, we must forget that we know the rest of the story. It means that we must remain completely "present" in each individual day of Holy Week without looking forward to the next. And it means reading and inwardly digesting through prayer and reflection the appointed Gospel Scriptures of each day with prayer and reflection.

Yes, it will be intense and it will be hard---but one just might find it to be a transformational experience!

A Blessed Holy Week to each of you and
Blessings always,
Mother Suzanne

Monday in Holy Week: John 12:1-11

Tuesday in Holy Week: John 12:20-36

Wednesday in Holy Week: John 13:21-32

Maundy Thursday: John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Good Friday: John 18:1-19:42

If you read the Epistle on our web site the readings listed above will be hyperlinks to another page with the readings. Each reading will also be posted on our Facebook page daily.