Holy Week offers a time for reflection

Holy Week offers a time for reflection

As the music turns solemn and the readings become heart-wrenching, one billion Catholics around the world come together this week to remember the passion of Jesus Christ.
For 40 days, believers have given up beloved things to better understand the sacrifice God made by giving us His only son. This religious holiday is my favorite of all, probably because the focus is not, for the most part, on commercial items such as presents and parties.
The life metaphor we take from this month and a half can be described by many clichés about darkness and light. I’ll try to not use those.
School can take us on an emotional rollercoaster, up one day and down the next. It’s easy to get bogged down with a failing test grade or bad break-up. It’s even easier to fall to our knees wondering where God is during these tough times.
As Jesus took his last breaths, he wondered that same sentiment aloud, according to Mark 15:34, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
It’s human nature to feel like we are alone in our suffering, but like Jesus, we are not.
Good Friday service is decidedly different from all the others. There is music, but it is without the joyous chorus we hear at other times. We are broken and wonder if we’ll ever get fixed.
Three days later, just as the situation is at its darkest hour, we come across elation that cannot be matched.
Easter Sunday is filled with sunshine-inducing hymns and vibrant colors. Yes, young kids hunt Easter eggs and barely give two thoughts to the real reason for the day. But their day will come. They will stumble and look skyward for answers.
I can only hope they realize what I have today. Jesus was human and faltered just as we will.

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