The Goodness of the Lord
As we begin our experience of Holy Week 2019, memories of Holy Weeks in the past surface. In looking back, perhaps we think about the intentions that we had for a “good and fruitful” Lent that would create an attitude in our hearts for a truly meaningful Holy Week, especially the celebrations of the Triduum. For it is those celebrations, of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil that we look forward to each year, as the liturgies that cement our faith, if you will. Those liturgies ground us, reminding us of the importance of remembering the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, and of our own mortality and our hopes for the future. As with Jesus, so with us.
Celebrating these days with the community affects us in many ways. Although each of us approaches liturgy in our own way, it is in the communal aspect of our faith, the coming together in prayer, Word, Sacrament and song, that reminds us that we are not alone. We are “saved” in a particular way by participating as a community, even if we do not know everyone else in the church. In joining our voices and experiences as a People of God, as a eucharistic community, we share a bond that transcends our many differences and unites us with those who are present, as well as those who have gone before us, in the Communion of Saints.
This coming week offers us all another opportunity (See, I make all things new) to take whatever our Lenten intentions might have been this year, and bring them to fruition by being fully present to God in the coming celebrations. If you are able to place yourself in that mindset, and approach this week with an open mind, and an open heart, the blessings of this Easter will be many. Come, join us… taste and see the goodness of the Lord!