Sunday December 8, 2019
1:16 am

In All Things: Where will we be this Holy Week as Jesus begins his passion?

      “As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen.” (Lk 19:28-40)

      And so we start the procession with the palms this weekend with this reading from Luke. What a fickle people we are! Always have been; probably always will be. A scant few days later, Jesus is arrested and begins his journey to the cross. Where are those who lined the road to Jerusalem to honor Jesus now?

      “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

      Later in Luke’s Gospel, Peter tells Jesus, “Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you.” Before the cock crowed, Peter denies Jesus, not once, not twice, but, as Jesus predicts, three times.

      “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

      Fast forward to the Garden of Gethsemane, in Luke’s Gospel we learn that rising from prayer, Jesus finds his disciples “sleeping from grief.” However, in Matthew and Mark’s account, we get a slightly different perspective of the snoozing disciples.

      Our Lord to Peter: “So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matt 26: 40) and “Could you not keep watch for one hour?” (Mk 14:37)

      As Jesus hung on his cross, who stood beside him then? We know that John, the “one Jesus loved” and his mother were near. Mark also makes note of Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, Joses and Salome and “many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.” (Mk 15:40-41)

      Where were the men – those supposedly closest to him?

      “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

      There’s a lot to think about as we now enter Holy Week. If we were to place ourselves in this picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem in triumph and then later at his arrest, torture and crucifixion, would we be standing near in support or running in the opposite direction with our tails tucked firmly between our legs?

      If Jesus asked us to stay with him, walk with him, support him through these coming days of his passion, his crucifixion, which group of followers would we fall with? Those who turned and ran; who fell asleep while Jesus was sweating blood in the garden? Or would we be faithful to our dear Lord and Master to the end? Would we stand close throughout so he would see he was surrounded by those who loved him; that his sacrifice would not be in vain?

      Thursday we begin the Sacred Triduum, starting with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and continuing through Good Friday and the veneration of the cross and into the most beautiful celebration of the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil. If you’ve never attended all the Triduum liturgies, consider doing so at your parish this year and experience what a profound spiritual and beautiful experience it can be.

      Three consecutive days of church, you might be saying to yourself? Yes, three days of walking the passion next to our Lord in mind, heart and spirit. A few hours of our time in honor of the gift of salvation!

      Maybe we didn’t accomplish all we had hoped this Lent but there’s still time.

      Do we follow or do we flee?

     Debbie Bosak is the editor and general manager of Northwest Indiana Catholic Publications and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Merrillville. Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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