We are now into Holy week, Maundy Thursday saw the Pope washing feet of a few people [including a few bemused migrants] Our Queen as stopped doing this many years ago and gives out specially minted money instead.
We stripped the alter in our Church after having a service which symbolises the betrayal of Jesus, by his trusted disciples, to the legal Authorities? Leaving their leader to face the consequence on his own.
Good Friday will be a quiet day with a simple mass and a talk about the show trial and execution of Jesus.
We call it Good Friday, which is something I have never understood, how we can call an unjust trial and an even worse barbaric killing good, yet we do.
At least we can look forward to Easter Sunday, with its symbolism of the resurrection of Jesus. Plus there will be services over the coming weeks leading up to the Ascension of Jesus and with it the meeting of the resurrected Jesus with his disciples.
How a group of frightened men who had lost their leader gained courage to face persecution and even death for their beliefs. Finally we come to Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit comes down and enters the followers of Jesus giving them courage to do what is asked of them.
But the one thing Christians tend to overlook, or maybe not, is just how the Authorities can manipulate the people [mob] to do their bidding. Also how to this day the people can be manipulated by propaganda.
Also the first large scale political control of the mass of people was religion. Next came political parties that more or less started to fill a void that religion did not. But the principle was the same a group of people who wanted to be in charge and set the rules that others must abide by.