Last year during Holy Week Boston Globe columnist James Carroll issued a stern warning to preachers.
He wrote that although Holy Week is the most sacred time of the year for Christians, it is also the most dangerous - because Holy Week has often been the cause and occasion for great violence, especially against Jews.
He recounts, as he does at greater length in his book, Constantine’s Sword, the way that Christians have, until relatively recently, blamed Jews for the death of Jesus, and how the passion readings, for centuries, incited people to leave their churches on Good Friday and commit terrible acts of violence against Jews.
It is a haunting legacy that impacts us still. And so, his plea to preachers is this: “preach peace.” Preach peace in Holy Week.