COME, FOLLOW ME!
One week from today is Easter Sunday! We will celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the final enemy … death! It is only correct and just that if we wish to join in the victory, then we should enter into the struggle, which precedes it. During Lent, we have been given the opportunity to reflect upon the quality of our lives in the face of the Lenten Invitation: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Today, as we receive our Blessed Palm, and give thanks and praise to God, we are invited as a community to enter into the spirit of Holy Week. We can take this opportunity to walk with Jesus through this week in all its moods and complexities, and then to finally rejoice in the Father’s glory, when ‘life’ was re breathed into Jesus His Son: that new life is offered to everyone.
When we speak about Jesus in the Mass, for example, we use the past tense. “Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life” … “By your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free”. In other words, Jesus has already completed his part of the blueprint for salvation; now the rest is up to us. We are not alone in this venture; the Holy Spirit is the driving force within God’s household-the Church. This week is a sacred time. The secular world is well and truly geared up for huge Easter egg sales and massive attendances at the Royal Easter Show, let alone getaway holidays. The beginning and end of these secular activities are $$$$ … but for us, the end of this week is New Life. When we enter into the Church’s Liturgy at the Easter Triduum … Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Sunday, this newness of life and attentiveness to God’s Mission for us, is nourished and energised. If we take ‘time out’ as family and individuals to make this journey, the results are far more lasting for us than from a Chocolate Easter Bunny, and an Easter Show Bag!
There is a time and place for celebration, but it becomes all the more worthwhile when it has been earned through unyielding attentiveness to Jesus, who invites us to be truly foot washers of each other; to be responsive in listening and speaking in prayer; to walk the Way of the Cross; and to embrace the Cross which speaks directly to our hearts. Now is the time to plan our week! Now is decision time! This is the week of all weeks in which we as a community can be renewed through prayerfully and seriously walking the road to Calvary together … and then into the light of Resurrection. Our reward? A greater alertness to the suffering Christ in His people today, and the strength and quality to be ‘Happy Easter People’ in a world where His Word still longs to be proclaimed.