The greatest week of the year!
Apr 14, 2019
My brothers and sisters,
Welcome to the greatest, most painful, spiritual, agonizing, joyful, despairing, learning week of the year. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, a mixture of jubilation and devastation and suffering all wrapped up into one day. Jesus is praised, lauded, condemned, crucified all in one celebration. Isaiah (50:4-7)starts the process. St. Paul lauds the power of Jesus, emptying Himself for us (Philippians 2:6-11)The gospel of Luke (22:1-49) illustrates the whole drama of the last days of Jesus. Come let us adore.
On Monday, the readings take us to Isaiah (42:1-7) as he begins to describe the suffering servant, foreshadowing the suffering of Jesus. Jesus' feet are anointed for the journey ahead (John 12:1-11). On Tuesday Isaiah (49: 1-6) continues the story and in John (13:21-33, 36-38), the betrayal begins with Judas. On Wednesday, Isaiah (50:4-9) describes the beatings to be done to the suffering servant and in Matthew (26:14-25), the betrayal by Judas is agreed to by the religious authorities. On Thursday, we are told of the tradition and history of the Passover (Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14) during this celebration, Jesus gives us the Last Supper (John 13:1-15) as He washes the feet of His disciples and tell us to do the same. Good Friday moves us into the ultimate day of suffering. Isaiah (52:13-53-12) now goes into great details of the events which will take place in the future. John (18:1-19:42) gives us his eyewitness account as he travels with Jesus to His death on the cross. Mary is given to John as his mother and John to Mary as her son to take care of one another. Along the way we meet Simon of Cyrene, Veronica, the woman with children, the soldiers, the religious authorities, the bystanders all have a part to play in the drama.
We too should insert ourselves to see where we are. Are we those forced to carry our crosses, unexpected and not desired? Are we the healers, the washing of the face, the changing of the diapers,, whether young or old? Or are we the idle, preoccupied bystanders trying to go about our agenda and not paying attention? We know the story, but are we part of the story today? Are we washing feet, telling the story, suffering with those who are condemned, ridiculed, and forgotten.
But there is great news ahead! He is risen, truly has risen, He is alive as He was then and is now. He is with us. Come, let us adore.
Let's walk and meditate together this week.