HOLY WEEK




The Journey of Jesus of Nazareth

Lent reaches its climax during Holy Week, itseif a journey within a journey. The pace of the liturgical year seems to slow down until, in the paschal triduum, from Maundy Thursday to the Easter Vigil, we recall the stages of Christ's passing from this world. It is a solemn passage through loneliness, betrayal, injustice and brutal suffering. it is a movement from life to death. [...]

Holy Week means accompanying Christ on his final journey, bearing our own crosses in trusting silence. [...]

During this Holy Week we are confronted with death more than during any other season of the liturgical year. We are called to meditate not just on death in general or on our own death in particular, but on the death of Jesus Christ who is God and man.


 

 

We are challenged to look at him dying on a cross and to find there the meaning of our own life and death. What strikes us most in all that is read and said during these days is that Jesus of Nazareth did not die for himself, but for us, and that in following him we too are called to make our death a death for others.

What makes Christians is not only our belief that he who was without sin died for our sake on the cross and thus opened for us the way to his heavenly Father, but also that through his death our death is transformed from a totally absurd end of all that gives life its meaning into an event that liberates us and those whom we love.

Passion is a kind of waiting-waiting for what other people are going to do. Jesus went to Jerusalem to announce the good news to the people of that city. And Jesus knew he was going to put a choice before them: Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner?

There is no middle ground here. Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say "Yes" or "No." That is the great drama of Jesus' passion: he had to wait upon how people were going to respond. What would they do? Betray him or follow him?

 








by: Henri J. M. Nouwen, Eternal Season
Michael Ford Editor, pp. 99-102


 

 

 

 

 

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HOLY WEEK
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March 25: Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
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March 28: HOLY THURSDAY – Evening Mass of the Lord'
This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection written by Larry Gillick, S.J., in 2000. It is the "Passover ...to be continued

 

March 30: GOOD FRIDAY of the Lord's Passion
Candice Tucci, O.S.F. Pieta Detail Today we read, hear and pray the Passion of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. This day, we ...to be continued

 

EASTER VIGIL
Alexander, S.J. On Holy Saturday, there is no liturgy at all. The liturgy this evening is the vigil - the preparation for and ...to be continued

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

“Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!”- Pope Francis
“Christ has become our ... - John Paul II

Contemplating the Gospels- Andy Otto
God’s Vulnerability ... - Cara Callbeck
The Lamb that was slain has delivered us from death ...- Melito of Sardis
The perfection of love - Saint Augustine
The power of Christ's blood St. John Chrysostom
Way of the Cross - Pope Francis
“Do not be afraid!” - Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

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