March 1, 2013
March closes this year with Holy Week—a microcosm of the entire liturgical year. For us Christians, without the events that took place during this week about 2,000 years ago, we wouldn’t have the gift of salvation and hope of heaven. Let’s unpack what took place during these eight days:
- Palm Sunday: Our Lord Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey symbolizing the return of an heir to the Davidic Kingdom.
- Holy Monday: Jesus, filled with righteous anger, cleanses the temple that all may pray to the Father.
- Holy Tuesday: Jesus teaches in the temple and withdraws with the disciples to the Mount of Olives.
- Spy Wednesday: Judas Iscariot decides to betray Jesus to the chief priests.
- Holy Thursday: Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with the Twelve known as the Last Supper. The Eucharist is instituted. Jesus withdraws to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and undergoes agony as he sees the sins of humanity. He is betrayed by the kiss of Judas and arrested. Jesus spends the night imprisoned.
- Good Friday: Jesus is scourged, sentenced to death, carries the cross to Mt. Calvary where he was crucified, died and was buried.
- Holy Saturday: Mary brings the disciples together in hope of the third day.
- Easter Sunday: Jesus rose from the dead—defeating the power of hell for eternity!
Perhaps a form of penance you could practice during this week is a fast from sacred images—take down or cover all religious images in your home and remove any flower and signs of life. On Easter Sunday, bring them back and let you home teem with life!