Soon we will enter into the most sacred part of our journey to Easter, the celebration of the Sacred Triduum, Holy Week. Each part invites us to connect with the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. 

We begin our Holy Week journey on Palm Sunday as part of the crowd that joyfully welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem.  Remember, as we are crying out “Hosanna,” that a few days later the same crowd cried out for Jesus’ crucifixion.  The people were partially cheering on Palm Sunday for the Messiah they wanted Jesus to be.   When he was crucified and revealed what it meant to be a disciple, many were afraid to stand with him.  They would eventually have to choose to put their faith in Jesus as he revealed himself and not as they wanted him to be. Our faith journey, if we are genuinely searching for the truth, will lead us to the same choice of letting go of the God WE create, accepting the true teaching of Jesus and humbly conforming ourselves to him. 

On Holy Thursday we commemorate the institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper.  In the Eucharist we are given the body and blood of Christ to nourish our souls, strengthen our resolve and hope, and unite us in communion with Christ.  We also stand with the apostles as we hear the command of the Lord to seek to serve and not be served.

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On Good Friday we continue our journey and see that we must join our dying to sin to Jesus on the cross as the way of salvation.  When Jesus picks up his cross, we ask for the strength to pick up our cross with joy and faithfulness.  When Jesus falls we remember that we have fallen and called on Jesus to help us get up. We walk the way of the cross with Jesus with hope because “if we have died with the Lord, we shall live with the Lord.”

On Holy Saturday (during the day) we remember Jesus’ time in the tomb as an often overlooked part of the journey. There are times in our lives when we are in a time of transition. We have let go of the old self but do not yet know how to move forward. It feels like nothing is happening when in fact we need to be patient and be like Jesus in the tomb awaiting resurrection. 

In real life we share in these mysteries of Jesus’ life all the time.  At times we are cheering and praising God like on Palm Sunday. At other times we feel the reality of death in our lives like on Good Friday, and sometimes along the way we are just lying in the tomb waiting for resurrection.

And through all this we remain hopeful because we know that our journey, like Holy Week, leads to the resurrection, the ultimate sign that death has lost its sting and that nothing should ever fill us with so much sorrow that we forget the joy of Christ risen from the dead.