Monday, April 6, 2009
Yesterday, Palm Sunday, began Holy Week.
We went to Mass, got our palms and read the Passion.
I love the continuity of the Liturgical year. It is so wonderful going through each season and, as things in life change, so much stays the same.
Every year we experience the forty days of Lent. Sacrificing, Praying, trying to find ourselves closer to Christ and His Church. Walking through a desert, as he did.
I always look at Holy Week as a bitter-sweet time. We focus on Christ's HUGE sacrifice. God's gift of the life of his son.
As we were reading the Passion yesterday, I was struck by the contrast of what Crucifixion is, and what CHRIST'S crucifixion was. Crucifixion was one of the most horrible practices of the Roman Empire. A vicious, cruel, truly evil punishment.
Christ's crucifixion was exquisitely beautiful. It was evil turned upside down and inside out.
Even the extent of the suffering that Our Lord experienced throughout His Passion is an illustration of the tremendous love of God. The Cross is an expression of triumph, even as it was a symbol at the time of shame and defeat.
As we go through this week, especially the Triduum of Christ's Passion, I pray that we all find ourselves at the Last Supper, in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the foot of the Cross, and waiting in the quiet dark at the tomb...
A Blessed Holy Week to all...