The last hours of Jesus life on earth are often referred to as his 'Passion'. It is how we introduce the Gospel lesson on Palm Sunday. It is the Passion of our Lord. I think this word can help us as we enter into Holy Week. We don't call the Friday of Holy Week 'Black Friday'. We reserve that moniker for the Friday after Thanksgiving. We honor 'Good' Friday during Holy Week. The Passion of our Lord brings us Good Friday. By his Cross-we are healed.
Holy Week is somber in some respects.
Reflecting on Jesus dying for us should cause us to pause and reflect. I encourage you this year to take extra time to walk the steps of Holy Week. There will be services every night. We will ponder the events of Jesus last days before his crucifixion. You will have an opportunity to pray during the night on Thursday as we attempt to walk toward the cross with him. There will be opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross on Friday. We will wait with anticipation for the Easter Vigil.
As important as the liturgies are, what matters most is that we set aside our everyday schedules to make room for Christ to speak in our hearts. However you need to do that during the time of his passion, I encourage you make the attempt. I know that Jesus will meet you more than half way. Like the father in the story, he is looking for you and waiting.