“His state was divine, yet Christ Jesus did not cling to His equality with God, but emptied Himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as men are, and being as all men are, He was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6, 7
On Sunday we shall enter into the most sacred and solemn week of the church’s year. It is Jesus’ final week. It is Holy Week.
The week that begins with such joy and praise for Jesus on Passion (Palm) Sunday resounding in ‘Hosanna, hosanna to the Son of David’ will end in hate and shouts of ‘Away with Him, let Him be crucified and die on the cross!’ on Good Friday.
Our Lenten journey reaches its climax during this Holy Week. We are encouraged to step up our Lenten promises as we continue to pray, fast and give of ourselves, our time and our money to help those who are in need in imitation of all that Jesus, the Holy Son of God gave up and offered to God the Father for us in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Let us pray for those who will be received into the Catholic Church this Easter on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil. Let us pray for those who will be Baptised and receive God’s new life as they become a Child of the Heavenly Father and are welcomed with joy into the Family of the Lord.
As we go to church this week and as you notice around school, the Lenten purple drapes the crucifixes and the statues, pause to remember that Passiontide is still here with us and we are moving towards Holy Week and the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Yes, our sin and wrongdoing separates us from God which is why we veil objects of prayer and devotion but in fasting with our eyes from them, when we come to Good Friday and Holy Saturday, we shall see the beauty of them with fresh eyes and we shall once again see the love of God as revealed in Jesus as He chose to give His life in death on the Cross. We will come to adore the wood of the Cross on which our Saviour hung. At the Death of Jesus, the veil in the Temple in Jerusalem was torn in two from top to bottom. In this one moment, the barrier between us and a Holy God was removed forever. Through the merciful love of Jesus, we can have access to the Father day and night and at any time we choose. We will always have a warm welcome from Him because of Jesus’ obedience and His pure and acceptable sacrifice of His own Life for our salvation. His Holy Spirit fills us with confidence that we are accepted and beloved of God.
Until then, let us walk closely with Jesus as He lives His final week on earth. Watch Him; see where He goes, what He says and what He does. If it was our final week, how would we be living? Where would we go, what would we do? What would our spiritual journey and faith walk with God look like? As we read the Gospel accounts of the final week of Jesus may we not just read them, but may we look deeper into each of the days, the events of that first Holy Week and Good Friday as one of the characters we encounter in Scripture. Which person do you identify the most with? Offer that to God this Holy Week.
Our prayer this week;
Dear Lord, guide my mind with Your truth. Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus. Help me to be with Jesus in this Holy week, His last week on earth, as He demonstrates again His total love for me. He died so that I would no longer be separated from You. Help me to feel how close You are and to live my life in union with You. Amen.
From Creighton Ministries – prayers for every day in Lent