How does one enter into the Event that we call Holy Week single-mindedly and prayerfully?
With JESUS of course – but then again, so much is happening to Him that it is hard to hold to any one moment intensely, if you want to live all of them. It seems too much like floating on the surface without being immersed in the mystery.
This year, maybe a good word to sit with and to carry through the week might be: Truth.
WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE PASSAGE of the Passion Narrative in St. Mathew’s Gospel in which Jesus is brought before Pilate by the chief priests and elders to condemn Him to death. Pilate is convinced of his innocence but weak in his resolve to free him. He washes his hands and declares “I am innocent of this man’s blood. It is your concern! The rabble respond “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”
Think deeply for a moment—–‘Jesus loves us and washes away our sins in his own blood.’