Holiest of All the Weeks

 In Pastor's Notes-Fr. Ritche

Today we begin the holiest of all the weeks in the Church’s liturgical calendar.  We commence by commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into the Holy City, Jerusalem.  People acclaiming: “Hosanna to the Son of David!”  But how long can they hold on to their acclamation? As the story unfolds, we will see how fickle minded the people are and how quickly the acclamation changes to “Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!”

As we read the passion narratives from Mark (Palm Sunday) and John (Good Friday) we are going to meet many interesting characters.  Peter, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, Pilate, Judas, Caiaphas, the Centurion, John the beloved disciple, Joseph of Arimathea, the weeping Women of Jerusalem, and many more.   I suggest that we use the Ignatian model of reflecting the sacred stories.  Read the narratives slowly.  Stop when needed.  Ponder.  Imagine yourself as one of the characters.  Picture yourself as being part of this beautiful story.

Then listen, listen, listen from your heart.

Who are you in the passion narratives?

Let the Spirit guide you.

Walk with Jesus on the streets of Via Dolorosa…to the mountain of Calvary.

Let God embrace you!  Don’t be afraid.

Remember, God loves you with an unfathomable love.

I always find it helpful to use the Ignatian model when praying and reflecting on Jesus’ story. Holy Week is a story of friendship, pain, suffering, betrayal, obedience, courage, faith, death, forgiveness, love, victory, and life.  It reminds me that I am not alone in my experience.  Jesus journeys with me, walking with me, falling with me, and rising with me.  Our story is Jesus’ story.

I am inviting all of you to join us either virtually or in person for our Holy Week Liturgies. As members and friend of Holy Spirit Parish, let us remember, give thanks, and celebrate as one community the love of God made visible in the paschal mystery that is to say Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection.  Please check our website for the schedule.

As you embark on this spiritual journey, I, together with Fr. Edgar, Mr. Greg Vohs, the Staff of the Parish and School, will be thinking and praying for you. On their behalf I wish you a Blessed Holy Week!

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