Let us resolve to make this week holy by claiming Christ's redemptive
grace and by living holy lives. The Word became flesh and redeemed us by
his holy life and holy death. This week especially, let us accept
redemption by living grateful, faithful, prayerful, generous, just and
Let us resolve to make this week holy by reading and meditating (on)
holy Scripture. So often, we get caught up in the hurry of daily living.
As individuals and as families, reserve prime time to be with Jesus, to
hear the cries of the children waving palm branches, to see the Son of
Man riding on an ass' colt, to feel the press of the crowd, to be caught
up in the ''Hosannas" and to realize how the cries of acclamation will
yield to the garden of suffering, to be there and watch as Jesus is
sentenced by Pilate to Calvary, to see him rejected, mocked, spat upon,
beaten and forced to carry a heavy cross, to hear the echo of the
hammer, to feel the agony of the torn flesh and strained muscles, to
know Mary's anguish as he hung three hours before he died.
We recoil before the atrocities of war, gang crime, domestic violence
and catastrophic illness. Unless we personally and immediately are
touched by suffering, it is easy to read Scripture and to walk away
without contacting the redemptive suffering that makes us holy. The
reality of the Word falls on deaf ears.
Let us take time this week to be present to someone who suffers. Sharing
the pain of a fellow human will enliven Scripture and help us enter
into the holy mystery of the redemptive suffering of Christ.
Let us resolve to make this week holy by participating in the Holy Week
services of the church, not just by attending, but also by preparing, by
studying the readings, entering into the spirit, offering our services
as ministers of the Word or Eucharist, decorating the church or
preparing the environment for worship.
Let us sing, "Lord, have mercy," and "Hosanna." Let us praise the Lord
with our whole heart and soul and mind and strength, uniting with the
suffering church throughout the world—in Rome and Northern Ireland,
in Syria and Lebanon, in South Africa and Angola, India and China,
Nicaragua and El Salvador, in Washington and Jackson.
Let us break bread together; let us relive the holy and redemptive
mystery. Let us do it in memory of him, acknowledging in faith his real
presence upon our altars.
Let us resolve to make this week holy by sharing holy peace and joy
within our families, sharing family prayer on a regular basis, making
every meal a holy meal where loving conversations bond family members in
unity, sharing family work without grumbling, making love not war,
asking forgiveness for past hurts and forgiving one another from the
heart, seeking to go all the way for love as Jesus went all the way for
Let us resolve to make this week holy by sharing holy peace and joy with
the needy, the alienated, the lonely, the sick and afflicted, the
Let us unite our sufferings, inconveniences and annoyances with the
suffering of Jesus. Let us stretch ourselves, going beyond our comfort
zones to unite ourselves with Christ's redemptive work.
We unite ourselves with Christ's redemptive work when we reconcile, when
we make peace, when we share the good news that God is in our lives,
when we reflect to our brothers and sisters God's healing, God's
forgiveness, God's unconditional love.
Let us be practical, reaching out across the boundaries of race and
class and status to help somebody, to encourage and affirm somebody,
offering to the young an incentive to learn and grow, offering to the
downtrodden resources to help themselves.
May our fasting be the kind that saves and shares with the poor, that
actually contacts the needy, that gives heart to heart, that touches and
nourishes and heals.
During this Holy Week when Jesus gave his life for love, let us truly
love one another.