As we begin to contemplate on the passion of our Lord, the Church gives us an opportunity for sober reflection:
SUNDAY “LIVING IN CHRIST; I am in the Father, and you in me, and I in you.” (Jn 14:20) …. Who do I have the most difficulty recognizing as Christ? Why?
MONDAY “LOOKING WITHIN THE CROSS; Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” (Mark15:39) … What might I do today to look more deeply at the crucifix and understand the mystery of Christ’s love for me?
TUESDAY “HANDED OVER TO SUFFER; “The Son of man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:7) … What response will I make to the mystery of God’s presence among us?
WEDNESDAY “THE SIGN OF CONTRADICTION; “We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” (1 Cor. 1:23-24)… Where do I most experience the mystery of Christ’s cross and resurrection in my life today?
HOLY THURSDAY “LIVING BY EUCHARISTIC LOGIC” Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” (John 6:56) … How might I share my experience of Christ’s presence working in me and in the Eucharist?
GOOD FRIDAY “POWER IN WEAKNESS “Christ was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we live with him by the power of God.” (2 Cor. 13:4)…How have I most experienced God’s power revealed in the weakness of myself and others?
HOLY SATURDAY “NEW LIFE IN THE RISEN CHRIST “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2-3)…How has my life been filled with more meaning because I opened my heart to God at work within me and around me?
EASTER SUNDAY “CHRIST IS RISEN “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Lk 24: 5)… How will I try to continue what God has started within me during this Lent?
PRAYER Here is my heart, O God, here it is with all its’ secrets. Look into my thoughts and take away all my wrought feelings. Let my eyes be ever on you and release my feet from the snare. Live in me, reign in me, make my heart a holy temple, a find dwelling for your Divine Majesty. —– St. Augustine of Hippo