Posted on Sun, Mar 24, 2013
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Meditations for Holy Week
As you prepare for Holy Week we offer the following reflections for you to use or to share.
"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Luke 19:38)
On Palm Sunday we commemorate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. On this joyful day He was surrounded by throngs of people singing His praises and marveling at all the miracles He had performed. Here, at the beginning of Holy Week, let us take some time to focus on the things we wanted to accomplish during Lent. Have we made improvements in our prayer life? Have we offered sacrifices to God? Have we given alms or service to those in need? As we reflect on today's readings, especially the Lord's Passion and Death, let us renew our commitment to a deeper relationship with our Savior.
Monday of Holy Week
"Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord." (Psalm 27:14)
Monday of Holy Week is a day of waiting. Just as in the Christmas carol we sing, "Let every heart prepare Him room", we must also prepare our hearts for the sorrows of the Triduum.
Even though Monday can be the most hectic day of the week, don't forget to carve out some quiet time for yourself today. Get up a little earlier to do the readings for the day. Find a quiet place to sit at lunch and read your favorite spiritual book. Gather your family to pray the Divine Mercy or the Rosary at the end of the day. These are all excellent examples for integrating the spirit of Holy Week into your day. As we reflect on today's readings, especially when Our Lord raises Lazarus from the dead, let us ask Jesus to raise us above any obstacles that prevent us from drawing nearer to Him.
Tuesday of Holy Week
"I will make you a light to the nations that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 49:6)
Today we continue our waiting and preparation as we approach Good Friday. Just as you did yesterday reserve some time to "Be still and know that (He) is God" (Psalm 46:10). If possible, make a Holy Hour today and visit with Our Lord in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. During His agony in the garden on Holy Thursday Jesus asks His disciples to pray with Him. If you don't have a lot of time, or if you find an hour is too long to stay focused, try going for 15-20 minutes. You will be amazed to find that even this brief break in your day can refresh your soul! As we reflect on today's readings, especially Judas' betrayal of Jesus, let us search our own lives to identify weaknesses or temptations that may cause us to betray Our Lord.
Wednesday of Holy Week
"See, you lowly ones, and be glad; you who seek God, may your hearts revive!" (Psalm 69:33)
As we reach the middle of our Holy Week our waiting turns to anticipation. Spending a little time in prayer each day has helped us to identify some of our weakness and times we need to turn quickly to Christ for help.
If you have not gone already during Lent, today may be your last chance to go to Confession. Most churches do not have times available once the Triduum begins. If you can't find a time for Reconciliation, or if you can't fit it into your schedule, spend some of your daily prayer time doing an examination of conscience. As we reflect on today's readings, especially Isaiah's words foretelling Our Lord's suffering, let us seek forgiveness for times we have caused others to suffer.
Immortal hope dispels the gloom! An angel sits beside the tomb. —Sarah Flowers Adams