This was my seventh Easter as a Christian. Holy Week coincided with Spring Break, which meant I had an unusual mix of having people over for dinner, studying Iranian linguistics in an informal Spring Break class, and prayer. The last several years, I've read through the passion narratives in time with the events, starting from Thursday evening, in order to psychologically (in a way) re-live the events. This year I forgot until Friday morning, and had to cram my readings around class sessions. I read a passage for the University Chapel's Tenebrae service, which was very different from the Tenebrae services at seminary. At Trinity, we had to have the Tenebrae service in the middle of the day, so I always came out of a completely dark chapel into the glaring light of noon, wanting to chide the sun for its brightness. Here, it was dark out, but the lights never went completely out in the chapel, and they came up fully when the service was over, and people were talking as they went out, which was all very strange.
So, questions: how do you live Holy Week? Is it helpful to identify with the Passion accounts, and if so with what should we identify? Is it dangerous to re-live the Passion, or when is it dangerous? (You can probably guess that I haven't gotten myself crucified, although some people do.) Is it possible to be too psychologically well-adjusted as a Christian / should some things continually shock us (and if so, what)? These questions aren't very coherent, but I'm still thinking. I just wanted to post something before everyone thought I had moved up a mountain. There aren't any tall enough mountains in my vicinity.