I look forward to the breaking of the bread and the foot washing on Holy Thursday; the veneration of the Cross that takes place on Good Friday, the Passion of the Lord! I love the fire and light of Christ brought into the Church and the return of Alleluias and the Gloria at the Easter Vigil. (Don’t forget to bring your bells!) Then on Easter Sunday we celebrate—“as members of the risen Christ, we have access to a new life, the very life of God” I know that my redeemer lives! (The Living Liturgy).
I am consoled by this holiest week of holy liturgies. The liturgies are literally a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I may not be able to afford the time, arrange the cessation of familial responsibilities, eke out the money, brave the danger, survive the impossibilities sometimes of travel—but, I will travel the Way of Jesus in this week ahead. By participating in all the liturgies I will have the opportunity to ‘relive’ the events that took place two thousand years ago: the time and place, the personal witness, the betrayals, the sacrifice and suffering, the joy in the Resurrection and the renewal of my own baptismal vows.
Holy Week is our opportunity to make a pilgrimage, a journey of faith. Like the Muslims who must visit Mecca, we are called to visit all the events of the amazing grace and mercy of God—the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. The cost is only time—no money, no tickets, no danger—and you can bring all the family along. Travel with us this week to Jerusalem, to Gethsemane, to Golgotha, to eternal salvation. Holy Week! We hope to see you!