Yesterday is Palm Sunday, the day when we celebrate Jesus Christ's triumphant entry to Jerusalem, which is also the beginning of Jesus Christ's passion. Yes, we are now in Holy Week, the week when we must do our very best to improve our relationship with our God.
In contemplating the passion of Jesus Christ, St. Pope Leo the Great has this to say:
True reverence for the Lord's passion means fixing the eyes of our heart on Jesus crucified and recognizing in him our true humanity,
The earth - our earthly nature - should tremble at the suffering of the Redeemer. The rocks - the hearts of unbelievers - should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart. Foreshadowings of the future resurrection should appear in the holy city, the Church of God: what is to happen to our bodies should now take place in our hearts.
No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ. His prayer brought benefit to the multitude that raged against him. How much more does it bring to those who turn to him in repentance.
Ignorance has been destroyed, obstinacy has been overcome. The sacred blood of Christ has quenched the flaming sword that barred access to the tree of life. The age-old night of sin has given place to the true light.
That was lifted from Sermo 15, De passione Domini, 3-4: PL 54, 366-367
Yes, our focus for this day and, I hope, for the rest of the year, should be on our God crucified on the cross. Jesus Christ died for us. Even though He is God, He love as so much that He took our death and destroyed it through His death on the Cross and He gave us new life in His ressurection, three days after His death.
My brothers and sister, let us not remove our focus on Him. Let us not, even in a moment, to let our sinfulness overcome our love to Him that is sprouting in our hearts. May this Holy Week be the week of transformation for all of us.
Let us deepen our faith in Him. Let us offer this whole week for Him. It is time for us to have a deeper and meaningful relationship with our God, Jesus Christ.
Have a blessed Holy Week everyone!
The words from St. Pope Leo the Great was lifted from Father Jojo Zerrudo's blog, Sense of the Sacred.
Image obtained from I Oppose the RH Bill Facebook page.