The voice of the rocks, then, with which this drama opens as a hint, points to something profound; to a deep-down thing that is going on and that encircles us and founds our steps, and echoes in our ears … The deep-down thing is real; and real, I think for everyone. There is yearning for the king. A yearning so deep, that it seeps out even from the seams of the earth’s crust, just as from the joints of tired people. Maybe that yearning crosses the chasm between Christian Church and not-Church.
Have we been readied for this Holy Week? That is, are we “ready” to enter it as we are invited today? “Could you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Jesus asks his disciples today. And so he asks us too.