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Holy Week: Faith is Something we DO

Too often, Christianity is thought of as something we believe in, and Christian faith as something we think.

Holy Week, which begins this Sunday, Palm Sunday, is a helpful corrective.

Each year, Holy Week reminds us that Christianity is something we participate in, and Christian faith is something we do.

Just look at the action verbs:

On Palm Sunday) we commemorate Jesus' Passion (his suffering, or enduring) -- the short final period of Jesus' life beginning with his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem, moving through to his crucifixion. We commemorate the fact that adoring crowds shouting "hosanna!" can turn -- in a week's time -- to murderous mobs shouting "crucify him!" demanding the death penalty. Then,

On Maundy (commandment) Thursday), we obey Jesus' commandment to serve other people and to eat a meal in remembrance of the Last Supper.

For most years in my ordained ministry, I took part in ceremonial, liturgical foot-washing liturgies. Until one Maun…