Holy Week is one of the most blessed and wonderful times of the year. As we near the end of Lent, we have sacrificed and put God first for 40 days, changing our habits and changing our hearts.
Holy Thursday we celebrate the institution by our Lord Jesus Christ of the Eucharist, where he tells his apostles that the bread and wine are now his body and blood, fulfilling what he spoke of in the Gospel of John about having to consume his flesh in order to have eternal life. He commands us to “do this in memory of me.”
Good Friday we celebrate his passion and death on the cross, the ultimate sacrifice for the ultimate price… our redemption. Our chance at salvation.
Jesus rebuilds the bridge back to heaven by his selfless sacrifice, singing Psalm 22 on the cross which foretold of his suffering and showing us, while they were in the act of his own murder, to forgive our enemies as he has forgiven them. He completes our chance at salvation with the final words “it is finished.”
Holy Saturday ends the season of Lent and a time of Penance. We wait for our Lord’s glorious and victorious resurrection from the dead, showing us that death by sin has lost its grip and that we can now, through our holy works and belief in Jesus Christ, reach heaven.
Easter Sunday is a grand celebration of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. It is the ultimate reparation by God himself to help us overcome our own imperfection. We celebrate Jesus resurrection and begin a new liturgical year in the church. Easter is the culmination of salvation history and the beginning of the church as we know it today.
May your Holy Week bring you closer to Jesus in every way. May it open your heart to God’s path for you. And may the Holy Spirit enlighten you with faith and truth and the urge to proclaim Jesus’ salvation to the entire world.
God bless you all.