“We adore You, O Christ and we praise You!
Because by Your Cross, You have redeemed the world.”
This is Holy Week. We call it “Holy” because of the paschal events we celebrate within the week, events that took place more than 2000 years ago that wrought our salvation. This is the week we commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. These events would have been a mere piece of history, without any remarkable remembrance, if they did not mean something gracious to us. First, Jesus, who was the Only Begotten Son of God, condescended and became incarnate – the Word became flesh and dwelled among us (John 1: 14); He came for our sake, that we may have life and have it in full (John 10: 10); He lived out the Will of the Father by going about dong good and healing all who were under the dominion of the devil (Acts 10: 38). He was betrayed by a friend, denied by a trusted one, all His friends deserted Him and He stood alone at a mockery of a trial in a kangaroo court under a Roman Governor named Pilate. He was handed over to the Jewish Chief Priests, who were supposed to be His brothers, and crucified without conviction, buried in a borrowed tomb bought not with His money nor by His family, but by an admirer. The Jews did this to silence Him but here we are celebrating Him, after more than 2000 years. The reason is because death could not kill Him, the Chief Priests, the Pharisees and the Scribes could not shut Him up. He rose again on the third day, to die no more. “He is risen!” was the message of the angel to the women (Matthew 28: 1-10). By His Resurrection, we have been set free: we are no longer slaves to sin, to Satan and to death. His Blood has redeemed us and we are justified by His death. This is the reason this week is sacred to us.
We are called to share not merely in these ceremonies but to live out the mysteries they unfold so that we can be true witnesses and true lights to our world that cries out for men and women who can be witnesses in this dark world.
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL