For the first time, I have felt Holy Week to be different. I am not sure why, but the thought of watching the Passion exhausts me. I have grown up going to see the Passion of the Christ plays and reenactments for as long as I can remember. But suddenly it’s more intense. The other night someone asked me why the Easter Triduum is so important, but all I could say was “because it’s the pinnacle of the Catholic Faith” then I went to sit with Christ, and I came up with this…
The next three days we are going to spend fasting, laying low, praying and all of the tabernacles will be empty, because Christ will carry the cross, and be crucified for all of OUR sins. Will you run or will you stay? Will you unify your suffering with Christ?
Tuesday night at an event I attended, someone spoke about the film The Passion of The Christ. The visual was incredible. When you are suffering, just picture Christ rubbing His face on the cross. Take all of your sufferings to the cross – the big and the small, the shameful, the guilty. Not being able to feel the joy, I sat at my desk this morning wondering if this is how Mary felt, even just a bit. The joy that I experienced at the event was gone. Now, I’m full of sorrow, to think about how unworthy I am to have the Lord hang on a cross for me. But when you get to that point, you have to sit with it, take it to the cross, and remind yourself that there is nothing you can do for Christ to love you more. Christ loves each of us just the same, even as much as he loves the saints. We still have our cross to bear, pain and suffering, everything to remind us that He hung on a cross to feel all of that pain before we even knew that we would feel it.
I challenge you this week to take time, whenever you are feeling that burden, to offer it up, and to remind yourself that no pain and suffering is as large as the one Christ experienced for each of us. Don’t run, or stray, even if this Lent has been hard, if you haven’t stayed true to your Lenten promises, it is okay. Stay for the journey, He loves each and everyone of us the same.
I’ll leave you with this: “I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it someday for a crown” -George Bennard
P.S. I am so excited to finally get to share this song with you! Our friend Andrew Laubacher (ALOB) released his new song Longing this morning on Spotify CLICK HERE to check it out!