FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
March 25-31, 2018
Though this Palm Sunday seems to be a day of rejoicing, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel,” in just a few short days the same people will call, “Crucify him!” John 12: 12-16 We may be critical of these people, but we are not too much different. We wax cold and hot with God, too. Sometimes we are enthusiastic right after a retreat or religious event or when we have good feelings about God. At other times he hardly even exists, we are so busy with secular matters. When there is a tragedy, we suddenly remember there is a God. We are pitiful human beings. It is a wonder that God loves us so much, that he let his only Son die at our hands to save us from ourselves. God sees in us something precious. Why do we have such a hard time seeing it in each other and ourselves?
During this Holy Week we have the opportunity to spend some extra time reflecting on the supreme sacrifice of Jesus and giving thanks. Our repentance should have brought us to action. It is not sufficient to say, “I’m sorry.” Definite action needs to be taken to strike out on a different path and seek justice – right relationships – for personal failure and the failure of society. We may see young people crying out for the limitation of guns, but do we see them crying out for a restoration of God and his principles in our schools, economics, politics, environment and society? If the morals and attitudes about the value of life, prejudice, racism and supremacy does not change, the regulations on guns will not solve the problem.
Holy Thursday is a special day of the remembrance of the institution of the Eucharist. This gift of the body and blood of Jesus is hard to understand, but we have our faith to guide us through this mystery.
The Last Supper is really a “First Supper” in which we are invited to share in the life of Christ. We become other “Christ’s” who can bring Jesus’ presence and salvation to a suffering world. If the whole world, beginning with our families, could sit down at table together, what a “Hosanna” day that would be.
Good Friday offers us a mirror into which we can look and see the one for whom Jesus died. Can we daily look at this image and thank Jesus for the salvation of this person? The Crucifixion is not just another movie set, but a real and horrifying event that took the life of an innocent person and not just any person, but the Son of God. The Crucifix should hold a prominent place in our homes. As a child, I remember hearing that you could always tell a Catholic home, if you saw a crucifix hanging there, not just a cross.
Easter Sunday will be a glorious celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Our whole faith as Christians is based on this central mystery. If Jesus had not resurrected, there would be no Christianity. Because of Jesus’ Resurrection, we believe that each of us will be resurrected by God. What a glorious time that will be when our body and soul will be re-united. As we humbly approach this feast, may we rejoice in this gift of life. May this day be one of peace and joy. Happy Easter!
Sister Rosemarie Goins, Felician Franciscan Sister