The Tridium, the 3 days of Holy Thursday to Easter, is an opportunity to enter what the Irish call a “thin place”
What is a thin place? A thin place is a place of energy. A place where the veil between this world and the eternal world is thin. A thin place is where one can walk in two worlds – the worlds are fused together, knitted loosely where the differences can be discerned or tightly where the two worlds become one. Mindie Burgoyne
Holy Thursday we sing Psalm 116 . It starts as the cry of someone deeply afflicted-a person who doubts friends and foe, who is snared by death. The first part concludes with “Deliver me, O God, I beg you” The psalm moves then to how this one sees God as ” merciful, tender, God looks after the simple, and when I was brought low, God gave me strength.” In the final verses the one crying out declares with a heart full of hope and peace: ” I shall fulfill my vows to God, witnessed by all God’s people”. All things are possible again.
In such a thin place, one sees the glory of God. In the Passion and Resurrection, we hear Jesus enter thin space, from “let this cup pass” to “my God, my God, why have you forsaken me” to “it is finished”. On Easter morning, the women come to the tomb expecting to anoint a dead body. There is nothing quite like death to ground us in this world. But they encounter the empty tomb! a sign of eternal life where miracles are everywhere. The angel says ” why are looking for the living among the dead?” The veil has been torn. The glory of God shines!
Why should we take this annual trip to the thin place? Because during the year, we are often forced to confront life in this world as we face trials, disappointments, death and losses. Walking from Holy Thursday thru Easter Sunday helps us to experience the move to the empty tomb where the glory of God is brilliant. Then, as we find ourselves standing in this world with all it’s challenges, we can know how thin the veil to eternal goodness really is. “my heart, be at peace again, for God has treated you generously.” psalm 116:7
This Holy Week I ask you to keep in your prayers particular people in our community who are suffering from mental illness, addictions, the loss of a child, heart surgery, grief, challenges of aging and imprisonment. May each of us see the glory of God.