In the end, the fast turns into a feast. The trajectory of the Kingdom is a growing one, not a receding one. The prophets of the Old Testament bear witness to that the Kingdom will prevail, dry bones will live again. The priests of the Old Testament offers up the animals as a for-shadowing of what is to come. The Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. The kings in the line of David, good or bad, makes us aware of that something that is not yet perfected will soon be. As we enter Holy week we need to re-mind ourselves of this. The fast will turn into a feast. Out of darkness, light will shine forth. The pass-over meal that was shared in haste in Egypt has in Christ been transformed into a meal that we may share in peace and harmony without having to worry about leaving our new home, the Kingdom of heaven. In Christ and in His sacrificial passion we are in a mystery transformed into the household of God, His very sons and heirs. In Christ we do not have to fast any longer because He presents the table where real food and life is offered. The bitter herbs is left behind. He is the Lamb, entering Jerusalem on the foul of a donkey. As we enter Holy week let us lay down our lives as the people in Jerusalem laid down their clothes in front of Jesus. Let us ask of Him to save us, Hosanna, from the forces of evil that seeks to destroy our souls. Let us exalt His name as our King in a Kingdom that is growing wherever anyone lays down his or her life for one another. Let us invite the King into our own hearts, so that He may transform them into His holy city, Jerusalem – the foundation of peace. Let us follow Him up the way of pain in faith, because we know that with Him, pain and suffering will turn into eternal life and rejoicing. Let us be attentive and on guard, for soon the Creator of the Universe will be put into the hands of His creatures. Soon He is leaving the eternal marriage feast in heaven so that we may partake of it with Him once more.
“Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes; truly I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at the table, and he will come and serve them… You also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Luke 12:35 – 40